Nolan believes loan spell helped youngster’s attitude problems.
West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan says there is more to come from exciting youngster Ravel Morrison after his dazzling display in the club’s surprise 3-0 win at Tottenham on Sunday.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the Hammers captain explained the transformation made by the former Manchester United youngster during his time on loan with Birmingham City last season.
Known for having attitude problems off the pitch during his time as a youth player at Old Trafford, it was widely expected that Morrison would go down as something of a wasted talent, with Sir Alex Ferguson electing to sell the attacking midfielder to West Ham in 2012.
However, the 20-year-old is now really picking up and has been in fine form for West Ham this season after being given a chance in the first-team by manager Sam Allardyce, though Nolan explained that Morrison’s attitude when he arrived at Upton Park was still poor.
“He went on loan last year, because his attitude stunk when he first came here, there’s no ifs and or buts about it – he knew it,” Nolan said.
“He’s gone away, he’s done the business for Birmingham – Lee Clarke did a fantastic job with him and his staff – and now we’re seeing the rewards.
“He’s come in during pre-season and worked hard. He comes in every day, does everything asked of him and that’s what happens when he does what he’s supposed to do.”
Although Nolan added that Morrison still has much work to do, he feels the Hammers starlet has the ability to be a regular for England one day and mix with the best players on the international scene.
“He’s got the quality,” Nolan added. “He can mix it with all those top class players, I have no doubt about that but he’s still a young boy.
“He’s got a lot to learn and I have no doubt in the future that if he keeps doing what he’s doing, keeps working hard, he’ll be in the England squad and in that set up in no time.”