Free agent Ravel Morrison is currently on trial at Sheffield United ahead of a potential move.
The Manchester United academy product has been without a club since leaving Swedish side Ostersunds last month.
Once considered one of the brightest prospects in English football, Morrison’s career to date hasn’t quite panned out as expected.
Coming through the ranks at Old Trafford alongside the likes of Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba, the midfielder only made three senior appearances for the Red Devils before leaving for West Ham United.
Morrison did well for the Hammers and was even linked with an England call-up in 2013/14. However, the Sun reports a fallout with then manager Sam Allardyce put an end to that and he was loaned to QPR.
That season Morrison helped the R’s get promoted to the Premier League. A less successful loan spell with Cardiff City followed before the 26-year-old made the shock switch to Lazio.
Things didn’t really work out during Morrison’s three years in Italy and he was loaned back to Loftus Road and Mexican club Atlas. He then arrived in Sweden in February.
Why Ravel Morrison could be worth the gamble
Morrison is with the Blades at the moment on their warm weather training camp in Portugal. He could feature in their pre-season friendly against Real Betis on Friday.
Despite a failure to fulfil his potential, past off-field problems and question marks over his attitude, Morrison could still potentially be Chris Wilder’s best signing yet.
Giving the former England Under-21 international a contract would be a gamble – but the rewards could also be a huge. As Talksport outlines, Sir Alex Ferguson once described Morrison as “the best he had ever seen.”
Now Ostersunds coach, Shaun Constable, has outlined just what a potential talent Wilder has at his disposal.
“Ravel can be as good as he wants to be, and I really mean that,” Constable told the Sheffield Star. “If you get him fit and he stays away from injury, which can be a problem with any player, he can, without a shadow of a doubt, play in the Premier League.
“I try not to get too stressed about headlines but I couldn’t help it with someone like Ravel, but he was a pleasure to work with. And worked really hard, too.
“He came into our level and ripped it to pieces with some of the stuff he could do, and I’d imagine he’ll do the same with United. Because he’s that good.
“His technical ability is a different world. Some of the goals he scored in training were ridiculous, and his range of passing… my God.
“It’s quite scary, really, how good he can be.”