TRENDING: Former Birmingham City hot prospect who is such a talent wants return

Birmingham City had Ravel Morrison for the 2012-13 season and he was then invited on trial in 2017 before leaving for the MLS.

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Ravel Morrison, a former midfielder for Birmingham City who was signed by Wayne Rooney to play for DC United in the Major League Soccer, may be headed back to the Championship. Morrison has had a varied career to date, traveling to Italy, Sweden, Mexico, the Netherlands, and most recently, the US, according to his colorful resume.

Morrison, a Manchester United youngster, joined Lee Clark’s first summer transfer window in 2012 when he was loaned to Blues from West Ham. In 30 appearances, Morrison scored three goals, one of which came in the 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace during the Easter period of that season. However, Morrison did make a comeback in the summer of 2017, during Harry Redknapp’s tenure, and faced the challenge of earning himself another contract during a pre-season trial period as a free agent.

He’s quite gifted. “His skill level is among the highest available,” Redknapp remarked at the time. “Ravel, listen, there is only one mug in this country that will take a chance on you right now, and that is me,” I told him yesterday.

“I put him on trial for a month and told him to come and prove to people that he can produce and behave, earn yourself a contract, and don’t waste all that amazing ability.” He’s not a horrible boy. He is not in any way, shape, or form a terrible boy. Though he was easily led astray by the wrong people, he trained yesterday, and part of his performance is excellent. I enjoy seeing him play so much.

Morrison has played for a number of teams, including QPR, Derby, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, and Cardiff. Some in the football community, such as Rio Ferdinand, a former teammate, and Sam Allardyce, an ex-manager, believe that Morrison is a highly talented player who hasn’t been able to reach his full potential. Morrison may not have done enough to earn that deal, or Blues may not have been able to make the numbers work with Lazio.

Despite being only 31 years old, he was left off of DC’s 2023 MLS roster, and after becoming a free agent once more this winter, he has been connected to a move back to England. According to sources, Sheffield Wednesday, who are attempting to avoid relegation and have had Morrison on trial before, is one of the teams interested in signing him to a short contract. Bolton Wanderers and Peterborough United, two teams vying for promotion from League One, have also been mentioned.

Toronto has greeted Kevin Long with open arms since he left the Blues. This week, after a little more than a year with St Andrew’s and 40 games, the center half was allowed to quit the team. After joining the team in the winter, Irishman Long proved to be a wise signing from Burnley. He was important under John Eustace but lost favour under Wayne Rooney.

In addition to scoring in the league victory over Rotherham United in March of last year, he also scored in the FA Cup victory at Forest Green Rovers not long after moving there. Tony Mowbray had brought Long back into the Championship team, but he was free to pursue a new endeavor in the Major League Soccer.

“We are ecstatic to have Kevin join the Toronto FC family,” head coach John Herdman stated. Kevin’s background will be a valuable asset to TFC’s defense. He is eager for success and is here to assist in rebuilding the club.”

The club’s general manager Jason Hernandez added: “We are very happy to add a player of Kevin’s pedigree and experience to our backline this season. During his time in the UK, Kevin has demonstrated an ability to perform in some very difficult leagues, and he will provide us with the leadership necessary to reinforce our central defence. We are excited to add not only a quality player but a quality character to our group.”


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