Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v Leicester

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Stadium of Light

Last Game

S'land 1 - 1 West Ham

Saturday, 13 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Allardyce: Morrison maturing

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes midfielder Ravel Morrison has matured since leaving Manchester United to join the Hammers.

Last Updated: 21/12/13 at 12:04 Post Comment

Ravel Morrison: Has scored five goals for West Ham this season

Ravel Morrison: Has scored five goals for West Ham this season

Morrison will return to Old Trafford on Saturday as Allardyce's team aim to pile yet more home misery on David Moyes' struggling side.

And Allardyce has been full of praise for the 20-year-old England Under-21 international, who initially spent a year on loan at Birmingham before re-joining West Ham, with whom he has flourished this season, scoring five goals so far.

"Sir Alex [Ferguson] let Ravel go for his own benefit," he said. "He [Ferguson] said that if he comes down to you, hopefully he will find a new life and a new way of living.

"His ability will then start to come through because all he asks and all he wants in his life is to play first-team football, that was all he said he wanted to do and why he wanted to leave.

"In actual fact, he struggled to look like he was capable of playing football in the first team with us. That's why we sent him on loan to Birmingham and I thought since that year, he's grown up.

"Somewhere along the line, the lad has woken up and I think he's changed himself and delivered."

However, despite Morrison's impressive displays, Allardyce is keen to keep the player focused and also not to allow expectations to put too much pressure on him.

"The expectation becomes 'will it come every single week?' and that can't really happen at such a young age," Allardyce added.

"It's nice if it does. We've got to manage the situation and just try and keep encouraging him.

"I think from our point of view, if he gets selected for Old Trafford on Saturday, that the real message from me to him would be to try and get a result as a team and play one of your top performances in a team situation when you would help to get us that result by using your abilities in a team performance.

"When you've got his ability, there is going to be the temptation to go out and think 'look at me' - and I have to try and guard and avoid that situation."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

heck Opta stats.... Sterling is already better than Alexis on pace and creativity and when he can match him physically he will be ten times the player Sanchez ever was or will be!!

hoggylfc
Rodgers: Sterling can be striker

I

expect Pulis to have a nice Christmas dinner with his family- probably all sitting around the table wearing Christmas themed baseball caps, before he gets the call. Realistically he could end up at any number of clubs, it'll be interesting to see which club folds first.

mark.m
For Foxes' Sake, Call The Pulis...

A

s a Liverpool fan, I personally hate Palace. My pick would probably be Arsenal, which is funny because it seems the vast majority of their own fans don't even like them right now.

mark.m
Who Has Got The Likeability Factor?

Footer 365

Premier League: Mario Balotelli handed one-match ban for social media post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given a one-match ban by the FA after his controversial post on social media.

Premier League: Agent confirms Hatem Ben Arfa is poised for a January transfer

Hatem Ben Arfa is set for a January move after finding himself unwanted at Newcastle and Hull, his agent has confirmed.

Liverpool: Kolo Toure says Adam Lallana is player of season

Kolo Toure has named Adam Lallana as Liverpool's player of the season despite Raheem Sterling's eye-catching form.

Mail Box

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday...

There are an awful lot of folk claiming to share their birthdays with Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, while we have an Arsenal fan who doesn't want to be liked and more...

Manager Of The Month, My A***...

We have a Newcastle fan having a pop at his manager, some mild reaction to last night at Bournemouth, a justication of that Falcao cost and why the Neviller rules...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property