Sheffield Wednesday: ‘New Gascoigne’ poses threat

Ravel Morrison, right, in action for QPR against Leeds' Luke Murphy
Ravel Morrison, right, in action for QPR against Leeds' Luke Murphy
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Wednesday tonight look set to face a midfield player who has been compared to Paul Gascoigne by last Saturday’s visiting manager, Lee Clark.

The Birmingham boss saw his team beaten 2-0 by QPR a week last Saturday because of two goals by Ravel Morrison,

Clark grew up with Gazza and rates the 21-year-old Morrison, who spent last season on loan at St Andrew’s, as the best English natural talent since him.

“He has the pace of a wide-man and has the balance but plays in the middle of the pitch because he can manoeuvre the ball,” says Clark.

Morrison followed his double against Blues with two more goals in last Saturday’s 3-0 win against Yeovil and is said to have been QPR’s best player by far in recent games, after joining them from West Ham last month on loan for the rest of the season. He made 19 Premier League appearances for the Hammers this season.

His four goals also make him Rangers’ second top scorer.

Team-mate Nedum Onuoha thinks that the midfielder could have an England future; if he progresses. He has already played for the country from Under 16 to Under 21 level.

Onuoha said: “He’s got an awful lot of potential.

“He’s a good player now, but if he continues to be nurtured and does things in the right way, then he is going to be something special for the country.”

Wednesday probably will not be sorry if a groin niggle that Morrison seemed be feeling at the weekend is enough to keep him out tonight.

Keeper Rob Green went off injured and sub Brian Murphy is likely to stay in.

Jermaine Jenas and Armand Traore picked up hamstring problems and joined a injured list that includes 15-goal top scorer Charlie Austin.

Bobby Zamora went on as a sub for striker Will Keane and scored his first goal in 13 months so could start tonight.