There has been much confusion about Newcastle’s pursuit of Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison. Man United gaffer Sir Alex Ferguson has said that they’ve turned down a bid from the Magpies for the midfielder, but Alan Pardew this week stated that Newcastle haven’t made a firm approach for the 18-year-old. The big question, though, is whether Newcastle should be making a move for another Man United reject?
Trouble seems to have followed Ravel Morrison around in recent years. Early last year he admitted two counts of witness intimidation and he hasn’t always knuckled down and worked as hard as he could. Rio Ferdinand has Tweeted: “Certain kids need their heads banging, they don’t see what they got within reach, if only they FOCUSED 100%. Fix up, Make It Count”, which many people believe was aimed at United youngster Morrison.
Red Flag Flying High editor Justin Mottershead had this to say about Morrison in a recent article. “Troubled, gifted, mercurial, idiot, genius, the amount of adjectives used to describe the ‘skilful’ Ravel Morrison could fill several books, such is the talent, yet seemingly destructive temperament of the youngster. United have now had enough of waiting to see whether the Wythenshawe born lad will ‘sort his head out’ and have finally decided to get rid of him.” Vikesh Chevli also wrote an article titled ‘I will not be sad to see Ravel Morrison leave Man Utd’ on the same site.
That’s not exactly a glowing reference for Ravel from fans of his current club, but is he worth taking a risk on as far as Newcastle are concerned? A move in the summer for another player who didn’t make it Old Trafford, Gabriel Obertan, hasn’t worked out to date and Pardew must be wary of bringing a potentially destructive influence into the St James’ Park dressing room. However, with Barcelona and Arsenal also reportedly showing an interest in Ravel, Newcastle are not alone in recognising Morrison’s talents.
What do you think? Do the pros outweigh the cons in Newcastle’s pursuit of Ravel Morrison?