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Why Sheffield United are reportedly ready to end Ravel Morrison contract early

Sheffield United are ready to end the contract of Ravel Morrison early, according to The Sun.

Morrison has played just 12 minutes of Premier League football since joining the Blades on a free transfer over the summer. The midfielder did also start both of their Carabao Cup fixtures this season.

Yet it clearly hasn’t quite worked out for Morrison at Bramall Lane and apparently the club are ready to let him leave six months before the expiry of his current deal.

The 26-year-old only signed for a year when he arrived as a free agent. However, manager Chris Wilder is said to be looking at other options in the January transfer window.

What next for Ravel Morrison after this contract?

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Despite not being in Wilder’s immediate first team plans, Wilder isn’t thought to be short of options. Several Championship sides are believed to be interested in him if he’s released.

The Blades would also consider loaning Morrison to them for the remainder of his contract.

Wilder is instead looking to strengthen his attack in the new year. Both Eberechi Eze of QPR and Brentford’s Ollie Watkins are among his list of targets.

Central defence is another area being prioritised for recruitment. Jack Rodwell is currently on trial with the Blades having been without a club since rejecting a new deal at Blackburn Rovers over the summer.

Rodwell is viewed as a potential centre-back. Yet his versatility means the 28-year-old could also play in midfield if required.

One of the problems for Morrison is that he doesn’t quite fit into Wilder’s system. An attack-minded midfielder, the Manchester United academy product doesn’t have a natural role in their 3-5-2 formation.

It was always a gamble signing Morrison following his departure from Ostersund. A highly rated player during his early days at Old Trafford, he has never quite fulfilled that potential.

Many hoped Wilder would be the one to change that, but it seems this latest passage of Morrison’s varied career is already coming to an end.

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