Derby County are preparing for a frustrating summer but that won’t stop them from running the rule over potential signings.
Reports from The Sun have suggested that the Rams are taking a look at Ravel Morrison as he builds his fitness and looks for his next opportunity to earn a contract in the game.
The 28-year-old has endured a frustrating career to date after being tipped as the next big thing after coming through the ranks with Manchester United.
Since then Morrison has enjoyed spells with plenty of clubs including West Ham United, Birmingham City, QPR, Lazio, Middlesbrough and most recently Dutch side ADO Den Haag.
But with no current employer the playmaker will be hoping to impress Wayne Rooney during his time at the club.
If Morrison does complete a move to Derby then there’s likely to be some ramifications, so with that in mind, here are two knock-on effects for the Rams to consider.
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A patchy track record
To say that Ravel Morrison has struggled to hit the heights in his career is an understatement.
The midfielder has never really got going since leaving West Ham United in 2015 with his track record being a series of short-term stays at numerous clubs around the world.
Derby County could benefit from a player as talented as he is, but given that he’s hardly a proven force in the EFL there’s no doubt that a move would be a gamble.
Blocking the pathway for youth
If Ravel Morrison does join then it could be bad news for some of the club’s young players.
The likes of Louie Sibley and Jason Knight are seen as the future of the club but with Morrison coming it it could mean that competition is slightly more intense for the places in Wayne Rooney’s side.
Competition is obviously good but if a move for Morrison is made then the club will need to make sure that they have a plan for the young player who are the future of the club.