Wilder explains Sheffield Utd decision to take Ravel Morrison gamble

Date published: Tuesday 16th July 2019 2:21 - James Marshment

Ravel Morrison: Back in England

Sheffield United have completed the signing of Ravel Morrison on a one-year deal with the option of an extension following a successful trial period.

The former Manchester United starlet, who has also had spells in Italy with Lazio and back home with Birmingham, West Ham and QPR.

Morrison was a free agent having completed a six-month deal with Swedish side Ostersund.

And despite picking him up on a free, there are plenty who see the signing of Morrison as something of a gamble, given the player’s, at times, questionable attitude.

However, Blades boss Chris Wilder was only looking at the positives after explaining the decision to sign the 26-year-old.

“Ravel is an undoubted talent and we are delighted that we have put together a deal that suits all parties,” Wilder told the club’s official website. “I’ve spoken to a number of people about him and it is clear that he has serious ability.

“We are getting a fantastic footballer with a tremendous pedigree and this is a great opportunity for Rav, we believe we can help him get back to the level he wants to be.

“He’s done extremely well during his time with us and it was great to have him in Portugal. It wasn’t about him coming and being on trial because we knew about his abilities. Taking him with us was basically getting to know him and what he’s about, what makes him tick and how he integrates with the players. Trips like what we have been on are invaluable for that.”

Morrison will compete with Mark Duffy and another summer signing Luke Freeman for a place in the Blades XI.

 

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