Wilder talks up free spirit Morrison

Sheffield United
Chris Wilder says Ravel Morrison could be handed his Sheffield United debut this week after impressing in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has talked up the quality of summer arrival Ravel Morrison and feels the player is not far off getting up to speed.

The former Manchester United starlet has been somewhat of a journeyman since the doors closed at Old Trafford.

Spells in Italy, Mexico and Sweden came and went and now the 26-year-old is back in England, looking to try and ply his trade on a regular basis in the Premier League.

Morrison was handed a start for the Blades in their 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers in midweek in the Carabao Cup second round and will now be hoping to feature in Saturday’s trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.

Wilder has been keen to ease Morrison into the set-up at Bramall Lane and the boss has been pleased with how the attacker has settled into life in South Yorkshire.

The Blades manager told reporters on Thursday: “He’s not a million miles off. I knew what I was going to get with Ravel.

“He’s a bit of a free spirit at times and we have to work hard on the sidelines to nail him down at times from a shape point of view and out of possession.

“But I think you’ve seen what he gives you in possession. We want him to play further forward at times, because when he does he goes into overdrive and speeds the game up. He’s got genuine quality to hurt.”

Morrison could play a key role in keeping the Blades in the top flight this season, as there is no doubting the player has an X-factor about him when he’s on form.

United will be pleased with how they have already started the season with Morrison on the fringes, as they currently find themselves in ninth place in the table ahead of the trip to The Bridge to face Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

Having seen a handful of players, including man of the match Morrison, impress in the cup game against Rovers in midweek, Wilder has admitted he has got some selection headaches ahead of the weekend.

“[They are] Good dilemmas,” he added. “I want people to be knocking on the door. I want them fighting for positions. I think it’s important to have options at the top of the pitch.

“We have to think of different ways of playing depending on the opposition we’re up against.”