PR guru Mark Borkowski, who has managed crises for several high profiles footballers, told MailOnline that ‘something is seriously wrong’ behind the scenes.
He said: ‘We saw this back in the day with the Rooneys and the Beckhams. Marcus was a golden boy but the constant pressure perhaps of not performing on the pitch and mental health issues takes its toll.
‘These players were expected to be role models, often when they’re not. They are young people who have got huge fame and glory when they have been at top of their game but it can prove too much.
‘Marcus has a team around him but this stems from something that is not right in the club and with his game. It’s escapism and about hedonism, which then becomes a story. One hopes someone gets hold of this guy because he is an amazing role model, but perhaps not at the moment’.