Under Mike Ashley, Newcastle United have repeatedly taken risks on players and now it is claimed they could be taking another one with Ravel Morrison.
Under Ashley, Newcastle have taken a chance by bringing in players on cut price deals who had injury and/or disciplinary clouds hanging over them. These include players such as Joey Barton, Alan Smith, Sylvain Marveaux, Dan Gosling and Hatem Ben Arfa, it would be fair to say there have been at least as many negatives as positives in pursuing this policy.
Before signing for West Ham, it was claimed that Newcastle had made an offer for Morrison who was then at Manchester United and who were desperate to get rid of him because of all the problems he caused for them on and off the pitch.
Despite a number of promising performances, Morrison has been sent off on loan to QPR with claims that he is a disruptive influence, though the player himself has claimed that the heart of the problem at West Ham has been his refusal to move agents.
With four goals in five matches he’s been an instant hit at Rangers but will anybody else be willing to risk him in the Premier League?
Well according to the weekend media speculation, Alan Pardew and Newcastle United would.
With a sauce/source allegedly saying;
“Alan loves him, he has no reservations about him, and he’s determined not to miss out twice.”
I would be really worried if Newcastle were going down this route in the summer but sadly I can’t see realistic funds been made available by Mike Ashley and so it will no doubt be a combination of loan and cut price deals to try and make up the difference.
If we are relying on a player like Ravel Morrison then Mike Ashley will really be gambling with the club’s future.