Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v W Brom

Thursday, 01 January 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Upton Park

Last Game

West Ham 1 - 2 Arsenal

Sunday, 28 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Coach hails talented Morrison

Ravel Morrison's emergence as a key player for West Ham this season can give the club a reason to be optimistic going forward according to academy coach Anwar Uddin.

Last Updated: 29/12/13 at 12:42 Post Comment

Ravel Morrison lauded by West Ham academy coach

Ravel Morrison lauded by West Ham academy coach

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder, currently sidelined with a groin injury, has reportedly been the subject of interest from other clubs after forcing his way into the first-team picture at Upton Park this season.

Uddin hailed the England Under-21 international as an exceptional talent but insisted West Ham could face a fight to retain his services if he continues his recent progression.

"Looking at the depth of our squad another striker is probably necessary but look at players like Ravel Morrison this year," Uddin told skysports.com. "I think he's been unbelievable, I've watched him a few times at Upton Park and he's been special.

"I mean looking at the way our season has gone, that has to be the shining light.

"I hope we can keep hold of him and he can continue to play at the standard he's playing, but if he does, we'll have the big clubs at the end of season trying to take him off us."

Despite reaching the semi-final stage of the Capital One Cup, West Ham have struggled for league form, winning just once in their 12 last matches - a run which has seen them plummet to 19th in the table.

But Uddin remains confident that Sam Allardyce's men, who drew 3-3 at home to West Brom on Saturday, can overcome a number of injuries to key players and improve their league standing.

"At the moment we're suffering a little bit from luck," Uddin said. "If we had (Andy) Carroll fit, and (Stewart) Downing, (Matt) Jarvis and (Joe) Cole all remained fit, we'd be in a lot better place.

"We just need that rub of the green but if you look at the bottom of the league, there are quite a lot of clubs that are down there and finding it quite difficult.

"Fulham, Palace, Sunderland, Cardiff are all down there so it makes it exciting but I'd rather be a little bit higher in the table.

"But it is what it is and the gaffer and the club are doing the best they can with the players they've got.

"I know we can do it but it's about being positive. When things aren't going very well, it's easy to implode but West Ham will not do that.

"There's too much strength and character there. Allardyce has seen it all before and he's done it all before."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

HarryBoulton
One Point And One Conclusion For United

P

arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

magicfuller
Warnock sacked by Palace

W

e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

gettalong
Wenger: Giroud deserved red

Footer 365

Premier League: Sam Allardyce accuses referee of guessing wrongly over disallowed Alex Song goal

Sam Allarydce criticised referee Neil Swarbrick for disallowing a goal after West Ham were defeated 2-1 by Arsenal.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are showing signs of consistency after West Ham win

Arsene Wenger said Arsenal are heading in the right direction after seeing them hold on for a 2-1 win over West Ham.

Premier League: Newcastle overcome Everton 3-2 thanks to Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback

Newcastle overcame Everton 3-2 at St James' Park thanks to goals from Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

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