West Ham United legend Billy Bonds MBE believes Ravel Morrison has all the tools necessary to become a star for club and country.
The four-times Hammer of the Year told Sports Direct News of his excitement after seeing Morrison inspire West Ham and England U21s to important victories in recent days.
Morrison netted an outstanding goal in the 3-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Tottenham Hotspur before netting twice in the 5-0 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifying win over Lithuania in Ipswich on Tuesday.
Bonds, who played nearly 800 games in claret and blue, is keen that too much, too soon is not expected of the 20-year-old Morrison, who only made his Barclays Premier League debut at Newcastle United in August this year.
"His goal over there [at Tottenham] was sensational," said Bonds. "His ability is obvious but it's about more than that and we have to be careful not to push him too fast.
"Our problem in this country is that because we don't produce that many great youngsters we hype them up much faster than we should.
"He's only played five games at Premier League level and he is being described as the new great hope of English football. I've seen many young players come and go but it's clear the lad has loads of ability and can do the unusual."
Having seen so many young prospects emerge during his two decades as player and manager at the Boleyn Ground, Bonds has encouraged Morrison to keep on listening, learning and developing his game on and off the pitch.
"Ravel has had his problems. I understand Alex (Ferguson) couldn't work it out with him and told Sam Allardyce if he could he'd have a great player on his hands.
"It looks as though he's listening because his early performances have been great but he needs to listen and learn - there's a way to go."
*Morrison himself spoke to West Ham TV following his Man of the Match performance against Lithuania at Portman Road. To watch the exclusive interview now, click here.