Filed: Monday, 10th March 2014
By: Staff Writer
West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald has challenged Ravel Morrison to deliver on a regular basis, following his Man of the Match performance against Birmingham last weekend.
The 21-year-old midfielder scored both of Queens Park Rangers' goals on Saturday as the Championship promotion contenders boosted their ailing hopes of an automatic promotion spot with a 2-0 win against against the club with whom Morrison spent last season on loan.
McDonald has worked with the England Under 21 international since he arrived at West Ham in the 2012 winter transfer window. And whilst he has always championed Morrison's immense talent, McDonald believes that his biggest challenge now is to remain focused and repeat some of this season's eye-catching performances consistently.
"There are lots of young players like Ravel who have the talent, but at the same time they have to have consistency," McDonald told London 24's Dave Evans. "When you are young you very rarely have that consistency and you have to work really hard on your game.
"He will have his time when he gets that and plays 10, 20-odd games where he is consistent and everyone will think he is a complete player.
"He is very, very good on the ball, but he has to learn the other side because there are two parts to learn about the game. There is off the field as well, but we canít control that. We can control as much as we can on the training field and on the pitch and like a lot of young players he will learn as he gets older. That is our challenge."
Morrison joined QPR on loan for the rest of the season on February 19th, since when he has made three appearances. He is under contract at West Ham until the summer of 2015.
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