Ravel Morrison, a free agent after being released by English Premier League (EPL) side Sheffield United last month, is being touted to finally make his international debut for Jamaica.
The 27-year-old’s goal of turning out for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz is being championed by the Jamaica Football Federation, who have been trying to acquire the midfielder’s services since 2017.
Morrison has constantly failed to prove his worth, and the journeyman’s club career has taken another setback with EPL’s Sheffield United releasing him as well as his loan deal to English Championship side Middlesborough crashing down after just three appearances.
Any club eyeing up the English-born former Manchester United protégé will be aware that it will 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.
A number of English Championship clubs may come to rescue Morrison’s career, but arguably far too many appear to be put off by his checkered past both on and off the field.
Following his exit from Manchester United his spells at Birmingham City, QPR and West Ham brought mixed success. His time in Italy with Lazio resulted in plenty of game time for one of Serie A’s giants, but he was suddenly shipped out on loan to Atlas in Mexico three years ago.
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder swooped when Morrison became a free agent, after being released by Swedish top-flight side Ostersunds FK just six months into his contract. He joined last summer on a one-year contract yet spent the second half of the season on loan at Middlesbrough, who decided against trying to keep him following a trio of underwhelming 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.
Morrison was approached by Jamaica about an international call-up during his short-lived spell in Mexico. 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. Since then Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz had seemingly shown zero interest in Morrison until this month, with an October debut mooted if a friendly can be arranged.
Jamaica head coach Theodore Whitmore has been scanning the potential talent on offer for his Boyz to tackle the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and if he believes that Morrison could add spark to the squad will offer him a shot.
But Morrison’s inclusion could cause ripples if he remains without a team going into the new season, although a new outfit may kick-start his international career with Jamaica. A number of regular Boyz also remain free agents, which leaves Whitmore facing a dilemma next month for a potential friendly as whether to select those without clubs.
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