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6 January 2017

Boss assessing former Manchester United and West Ham forward over January Transfer Window.

  • Warren Joyce on Ravel Morrison.
  • Boss looks ahead to Nottingham Forest’s visit on Saturday afternoon in the Emirates FA Cup.
  • “We need to get that extra little bit of detail to see us over the line for a win,” says Joyce.
Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce confirmed that midfielder Ravel Morrison is training with the club to build up his fitness and potentially secure a move to the DW Stadium.

Although a deal is some way off being completed, and the player has still to prove his fitness to Joyce and Latics’ staff, Joyce did admit it would be foolish not to assess the 23-year-old, who is currently contracted to Serie A side Lazio but yet to make an appearance this season for the Rome side.

“Ravel’s obviously not played a lot of football recently,” Joyce said. “I know how much of a talent he is from my days at Manchester United. It’s a unique opportunity for us really because we’ve got a chance to look at him and assess his fitness.

“We know he has talent but it’s all about how quick we can get him up to the levels we need him to be at here.

“There were players like Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and the Keanes coming through at that time, and he was possibly the star player ability-wise, so it’s one that’s worth looking at for us so we can assess where he is at this stage of his career. “

Morrison certainly won’t be a Latics player in time for this weekend’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round clash with Nottingham Forest at the DW Stadium, a game which Joyce says his side will face a tough test in.

“I look at every game exactly the same and this weekend’s is another we want to win,” he added. “It’s no different that it’s a Cup game because we want to get wins under our belt. They’re another team in our league who we want to test ourselves against.

“It’s difficult to predict what their team is going to be because they’ve made a lot of rotation and system changes over the past few weeks. They’ve got a lot of good players though who are more than capable of playing in the Championship.

“It’ll be a good test for us in that sense to see how we’re evolving as a team ourselves.”

Assessing the players he does have ahead of the visit of Forest, Joyce added:

“We’ve not got many players available and a lot of young players have made up the subs bench recently,” Joyce continued.”

“I still think we’re trying to embed a system in place and a way of playing. There’s lots of things that have been good but we just need to work on that little bit of extra detail to see us over the line to get a win. I can’t fault the effort and commitment. 

“I think we started the Huddersfield game off brightly and there was a lot of good football. Tactically it looked like two teams who were fighting with each other at the top end of the league with how the game was panning out. We had some good possession and played some real slick stuff at times, so we were just bitterly disappointed to end up with nothing in a game I thought we edged.”

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