Double Dutch Duo Show Interest In Ravel Morrison

Author: Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd

Ravel Morrison, currently on the radar of an international debut with Jamaica, has been in discussions with a pair of top-flight Dutch clubs in a desperate bid to rescue his career.

The 27-year-old, a free agent after being released by English Premier League (EPL) side Sheffield United last month, is potentially weighing up a move to Holland’s Eredivise following talks with FC Utrecht and Vitesse Arnhem.

Vitesse Arnhem, the second oldest professional football club still in existence in the Netherlands, start their campaign on 12 September with recently appointed head coach German Thomas Letsch aiming to improve on last season’s seventh spot. FC Utrecht, who finished sixth last term, kick-off on 18 September under ambitious Dutch head coach John van den Brom.

  

Although finances are considerably tighter in Holland than England, especially due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, these clubs appear to be genuinely interested in acquire the midfielder’s services.

And Morrison is super eager to find a new team as his goal of turning out for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz is being championed by the Jamaica Football Federation.

But he has constantly failed to prove his worth, and the journeyman’s club career most recent setback was being released by EPL’s Sheffield United after his loan to English Championship side Middlesborough came crashing down with just three abject appearances.

Having consistently shown few signs of rediscovering the form, which saw him labelled as one of the most exciting prospects in the country when he broke through as a teenager at Manchester United, he has experienced short stints wherever he has been.

Any club eyeing up the Manchester-born player will be fully aware that it would be a major gamble by signing Morrison, as he has constantly been deemed a misfit at each team he’s represented because he’s considered to be a loose cannon – both on and off the pitch.

With a plethora of English Championship clubs arguably put off by his checkered past both on and off the field, Morrison has been forced to look overseas once more having competed in Italy, Mexico and Sweden after he became surplus to requirements in England before Sheffield United surprisingly swooped last summer.

It was during his short-lived 2017 spell in Mexico that he was approached by Jamaica about an international call-up. The British-born ace duly obtained his Jamaican passport and was selected for the Reggae Boyz’ initial 40-strong squad to tackle the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. However, he was omitted from the final squad as he was refused a visa to the United States because of his criminal background.

  

Yet this month the Boyz have renewed their interest in Morrison with Jamaica head coach Theodore Whitmore scanning the potential talent on offer for his troops to tackle the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

A new outfit is likely to kick-start his international career with Jamaica for his long overdue debut, but Whitmore is likely to be wary of including Morrison unless he is playing regularly. And the Dutch sides seem his best shot as the new season rapidly nears across Europe.

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