Allardyce's Views on Morrison
I`ve always belonged to the club that preaches although you can coach a player the individual`s progress in the game, at the highest level, is down to natural ability.
The biggest problem coaches have is harvesting that natural ability.
Several times, in the past, we`ve run articles on Ravel Morrision, a midfielder who was on the books of West Ham United but somebody who just couldn`t keep himself in check and make a big-name of himself in this wonderful game of ours.
Morrison, still just 24-years-of-age, is currently at, of all places, the Mexican club Atlas.
Despite, seemingly, drifting from club-to-club, the midfielder still has time to make his mark on the game.
However, the frustrating way in which his career has gone has seen a former West Ham United manager, Sam Allardyce, express his views on the player, calling him the 'biggest waste of talent` he has ever worked with and further adding, in an interview published by the Manchester Evening News
'He was that good but because of the mental side of his game and his life he couldn`t produce that talent on a regular basis.
'He was the biggest waste of talent I ever worked with.
'We had three months where Ravel was the match-winner at West Ham every week.
'Everybody raved about him and there was talk of a new contract and then all of a sudden it went the other way.'
One day, Ravel might look back and reflect on just how big he could have been.