David Jones
Football Presenter

Ravel Morrison: West Ham star could make World Cup if he keeps calm

Morrison: the midfielder has bags of talent, says David, but a temper, too

Beating Spurs was one thing, doing it at White Hart Lane another, scoring three goals in the process was stunning and pulling it off without playing a striker was remarkable!

That's why West Ham's win two weeks ago stands out in my mind as the result of the season so far.

Hammers fans were starting to fret about their team; without Andy Carroll their attack looked blunt, five games had passed without them winning and they'd only managed to score in one of those.

Losing a thriller at home to Everton was one thing, going down without a fight at Hull another altogether. That's why this result was so strange.

The question now is whether Sam Allardyce can magic up another miracle against Manchester City?

Carlton Cole has beefed up their attacking options but I'm fascinated to see whether Allardyce chooses to repeat the 4-6-0 formation which worked so well at the Lane.

That formation seemed to bring the best out of the ridiculously-talented Ravel Morrison who terrified Tottenham, running from deep with the ball at his feet.

Complicated

Morrison's Hammers career remains in its infancy but in his signing, Allardyce may just have pulled off his biggest ever transfer coup.

The potential is there for all to see and it's up to the complicated Morrison how far his talent now takes him.

And what a carrot dangling temptingly in front of him: the prospect of a World Cup Finals in Brazil at the end of the season.

"You don't need troublemakers in a touring party and Morrison needs to make sure it's only his football we're talking about for the rest of the season."

David Jones

Morrison's sensational form with the Under-21s won't have harmed his cause but tangling with his teammates on the pitch against Lithuania might well have done.

You don't need troublemakers in a touring party and Morrison needs to make sure it's only his football we're talking about for the rest of the season.

City arrive at Upton Park still chasing their first away win of the campaign; surprising given Cardiff, Stoke and Villa are the teams they've faced so far on their travels.

It's an area Manuel Pellegrini needs to address fast if City are to live up to their reputation as Premier League favourites.

Every team has dropped points in this fascinating start to the Premier League but with winter fast approaching its time now for the genuine title challengers to start looking just that, home and away.