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Ravel Morrison: Is He Ready?

Ravel Morrison Ravel Morrison: Is He Ready? | West Ham United EPL PreviewFollowing his reported 300k move from Manchester United in January, youngster Ravel Morrison wasn’t able to establish himself as a first team regular.

After only making one substitute cameo role at the back-end of the season, it was evident that Big Sam was keeping young Ravel, under-wraps. But moving away from his first real season of alleged first team football, the West Ham coaching staff have indicated that Ravel will be a big part of the pre-season plans for West Ham, and see what exactly he can bring to the table . He will be going with the squad on their annual pre-season tour.

But what exactly do we know about Ravel Morrison? Not much we presume. He is 19 years old, a Manchester United academy graduate, much like his predecessors David Beckham, Paul Scholes, and Welsh phenomenon Ryan Giggs.

Sir Alex Ferguson dubbed him as ‘the best prospect since Beckham’ which is a huge accolade to have as a young talent and saw his meteoric rise through the United ranks. He signed his first profession contract on his 17th birthday, and made his first United appearance on 26th October 2010, coming on as a substitute in the League Cup against Wolves. He went on to make two more League Cup appearances the following season. He was also part of the FA Youth Cup winning side with United.

On 20 April 2011 he scored the opening goal against Chelsea in the semi-final of the Cup at Old Trafford, which Manchester United went on to win 4–0. Morrison added two more goals in the second leg of the Youth Cup final against Sheffield United, a match that United went on to win 4–1, securing the title 6–3 on aggregate. Not only that, he also has England youth caps to his name, he scored on his first ever England game for the u16′s, and has caps at U17 & U18 levels for England.

So it seems that Ravel Morrison has quite the career ahead of him, this was cast into doubt over issues at the United training ground where he reportedly stole items from other players, this and his contract issues forced Sir Alex to make the decision that the player should not be kept at the club, putting one of England top prospects up for sale. Attempts were made to sign the player from Newcastle United, and Italian side Roma, but he would not join for personal reason. However on the 31st of January, West Ham had a bid accepted for the player and he would agree terms and sign for the London club.

Ravel appeared to make an impact for the development squad, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over Brentford, and the tabloids had him down for a quick breakthrough into the first team squad, but Big Sam had other ideas. Ravel has stated that he would like to break into the first team as soon as he can but understands that this is no easy task. The owners have stated that he will have as fair a chance as anyone else to play for West Ham next season, he just needs to buckle down and continue with his work at the club, and hopefully a chance will come

So this leaves us where we are today. Young Ravel is now part of the squad to take part in the pre-season tour, and the coaches will assess whether he should be included in the teams set-up in the upcoming Premier League season, or whether a loan spell for first team experience would be beneficial. With the players West Ham are on the verge of signing; reports of interest in Wilfried Zaha, Eljero Elia & Luc Castaignos, its hard to see whether Ravel will get his chance this year, but its evident Sam see’s potential in the young man as he made the effort to sign him. It’s clear he will play a part for West Ham, sooner or later.

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West Ham keen on salary cap

West Ham and a group of pragmatic Premier League clubs are leading a revolution to unofficially cap players’ salaries and slash extortionate agents’ fees in a bid to avoid the billions of pounds of TV cash filtering straight out of the clubs, ESPN can reveal.

David Sullivan and West Ham flag

GettyImagesWest Ham co-owner David Sullivan is determined to bring down costs for supporters

The clubs are keen to end the current use of income streams such as the bumper cheques from TV, central sponsors, overseas TV rights and shirt sponsorships towards ever escalating player wages and agents’ fees.

Many have dreamed of the proposition but realised an official wage cap is unworkable, and while the super rich clubs carry on spending – with some players in the £250,000-a-week bracket – most Premier League sides will begin to curb excessive demands.

The new £3 billion-plus TV contract, which represents a 75% payrise for the clubs, has been heralded by some as the catalyst for a new wave of spending sprees, but Premier League clubs in the middle and lower order want stability and freezing of ticket prices to encourage their fans to stick with their teams at a time of deep recession throughout Europe.

West Ham’s co-owner David Sullivan told ESPN: “I cannot see any collective decisions, but there are quite a few clubs – for example Norwich, Swansea and WBA – who seem to be taking a more sensible approach to things and West Ham will be in that camp.

“We’ll pay good wages but not be taken to the cleaners by agents and players at the expense of our supporters. The increase in TV money next year will allow us to continue to freeze ticket and season ticket prices.

“Overpaying had virtually bankrupted this club and we are still burdened by £100 million of debt as a result of the excesses of the previous owners in giving too much to players. Many clubs are saddled with too much debt, for example Everton, and the restrictions imposed by their bankers will ensure there is a tighter control over wages going forward.

“I think next season a lot of clubs will look to not give all the new TV money to players and agents. On all previous occasions it has gone up, it has ended up with them; however, I feel on this occasion it might not happen. West Ham United are determined long term to be a viable, self-financing club.”

Sullivan, who has personally given six-figure sums to various local hospices, added: “We are, as we have always been, more than a football club. We see our role in the community of East London and Essex as a vital part of the role of the club.

“West Ham United is rooted in London, working with and for the community. We are more than a football club.”

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Hammers target Stankovic and Lukaku as Allardyce builds for Premier League return

Inter Milan legend Dejan Stankovic could be joining up with Premier League new boys West Ham as Sam Allardyce continues to reshape the squad ahead of the big kick-off.

The 33-year-old Serbian international has just entered the final year of his deal after completing eight highly successful seasons in Milan.

He has made 317 appearances in all competitions and secured five Serie A titles and a Champions League winners medals.

Hammer time? Stankovic could be heading to the Premier LeagueHammer time? Stankovic could be heading to the Premier League


The former Lazio midfielder may, however, struggle to land a work permit, reducing his chances of securing a deal.

But there could be an agreement with Chelsea over a loan move for outcast striker Romelu Lukaku who has made clear his desire to play regular first-team football.

The Blues shelled out £17.4million for the Belgium international in August last year.

But he only started one match last term and made clear his unhappiness at being sidelined under Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo.

Rare sighting: Lukaku made just one league start last seasonRare sighting: Lukaku made just one league start last season

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Naismith wanted by trio

West Ham United, 20:08, July 3, 2012

West Ham’s hopes of landing Scotland forward Steven Naismith are fading as he looks set to join Everton.

The 25-year-old is looking for a new club after deciding he does not want to be part of Rangers newco and David Moyes is the favourite to land him as the player is thought to be keen to team up with his former Rangers teammates Nikica Jelavic and David Weir – now on the Everton coaching staff.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is also keen on the player and he is joined by new West Brom boss Steve Clarke and Stoke City chief Tony Pulis but Everton lead the way.
Reports that the Scotland forward has already undergone a medical on Merseyside are wide of the mark but Allardyce will still have to move quickly if he is to have any chance of landing him.

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