Allardyce: West Ham youngster is exceptional
According to the Daily Mail, Big Sam is extremely impressed with Morrison, especially after his performances in pre season, and has referred to him as an ‘exceptional talent’ who can become a star with the club.
The 20 year old played for 15 minutes in their goalless draw with Newcastle United on Saturday, but is set to start against Cheltenham Town in their cup clash today.
Speaking to the Daily Mail Allardyce stated: “Ravel is an emerging talent and we’re very pleased with what he did in pre-season for us.
“He is an exceptional talent who we hope we can nurture into the fray. Some people might say sticking a player on at that late stage might be risky but we’ve got to do it at some stage.”
Morrison came to Upton Park in January 2012 from Manchester United, but personality issues meant he wasn’t given a chance, and was loaned out to Birmingham City for the remainder of the season.
But after a good spell with them he has returned with a much better attitude and has impressed the West Ham manager.
“We can see the talent and the only way to do it is to get him in the first team and get some minutes on the board.
“He’ll play against Cheltenham and we’ll see how he does and keep an eye on him,” Allardyce said.
Ringing the changes
Morrison is unlikely to be the only change in West Ham’s cup tie.
New full back signing Razvan Rat is set to make his full Hammers debut, and other changes are widely expected to take place.
One player however they may keep his place is new signing Stewart Downing, who is looking to get match fit after his move from Liverpool.
The winger, who has played in a League Cup final with his three previous clubs, told the West Ham official website, “For me personally I just want to keep playing and get a good run at it.
“A lot of teams disregard the League Cup a little but I always think if you go strong in it, you’ve got every chance.”
Either way The Hammers fans will be hoping for a fairly comfortable victory today over lesser opposition, even if several changes are made.