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I'm surprised he's here

Filed: Tuesday, 3rd October 2017
By: Staff Writer

The only English-born footballer to play in the Mexican first division admitted that he was "surprised" to see former Hammer Ravel Morrison join Atlas.

The 24-year-old former Hammer recently joined the North American outift, for whom he has already featured on three occasions, on a season-long loan from Lazio - much to the surprise of Antonio Pedroza, who moved from England to Mexico with his parents when he was a child.

"I am surprised he moved here," Pedroza, who played for Crystal Palace, Chiapas and Cruz Azul amongst others told the BBC. "He has had a few problems but that is football - sometimes you need to make this kind of move to be happy to play and get back to a top league in Europe.

"Morrison will easily be the star player for the team, but he needs to be really fit because the league is very technical - less physical than the Premier League - but the players can run and run and run for the whole game.

"He should be OK because he is technical and cleverer than any other player on the pitch. Teams are not stacked with talent. If you are really good you can shine but you have to take the initiative and I think that is what Morrison should aim to do.

"Though I find it difficult to understand why he joined halfway through the season."

Despite Pedroza's concerns, Morrison's agent Dan Wilson insisted that Morrison's team had done their homework before agreeing to send the former England Under 21 to Central America for the season.

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"Atlas wanted a statement signing," he added. "They got in contact and showed their serious intent from the start to do everything to complete the deal.

"We did some research on the league and saw some big-name players playing there from big European clubs. West Ham's Enner Valencia and Juan Iturbe of Roma to name but two. It was a very difficult decision as he had options in Europe.

"It is a difficult decision to move to a new country, let alone a new continent. But the club made him feel very important, went beyond their means and the most important factor is that the coach counts on him."

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