As if the talent of Ravel Morrison was ever in doubt, the teenager's potential has been highlighted by former England captain Rio Ferdinand.
After 'finding himself' on loan at Birmingham City last season, Morrison was West Ham's standout player in pre-season, scoring several goals including a brace against Sporting Lisbon.
Morrison was a prodigal figure at Manchester United whose poor attitude saw Sir Alex Ferguson give up on him despite his clear talent.
Rio Ferdinand was a player who attempted to get him to knuckle down and focus, without success, but clearly keeps a keen on the development of the teenager he once knew.
Ahead of West Ham's 0-0 draw at Southampton, Ferdinand tweeted that he was looking forward to catching Morrison in action, and received a barrage of responses in return.
Asked how good he was, the United defender said that only Joe Cole and Michael Owen compared, neither of who he saw at Old Trafford.
Better than his teammate at the time, Paul Pogba and United's flavour of the moment Adnan Januzaj? Yes, according to Rio, but of course, Morrison's attitude has seen his development stall.
Nonetheless it's exciting for West Ham fans, for if he can get close to fulfilling that potential - the Hammers may just have England's best young talent on their hands, and this could well be the season he emphasises what United gave up on.
Watching Southampton vs west ham....great to see some young English talent on show. Want to see Ravel Morrison fulfil that huge potential...— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 15, 2013
Adnan & pogba were not as good at youth team level as Ravel but by 18yrs old they had progressed further football wise.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 15, 2013
Having all the ability alone is not enough. You need the right attitude & work ethic to go with it.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 15, 2013