Chris Hughton has talked to day about something very important for young and budding footballers, and that’s falling into bad habits off the pitch.
Nile Ranger – been great since he arrived at Newcastle 14 months ago
Two of our young strikers, Andy Carrol and Nile Ranger have already had some trouble in their teens, but both seem to be doing very well at Newcastle now, and hopefully turning into good professionals.
But they would do well to heed the wise words of coach Hughton, as he said today:
“We do talk about the distractions that are out there.” “The most important thing after our games is recovery and doing things right off the pitch as well.”
“We continually drive that home to these young players. There are a lot of distractions there for young men in a city like this, but they are professional footballers and they have to remember that.”
“Preparation and recuperation have to be key. This league drives it home even more because of the number of games we have to play.”
“I have been delighted with their attitude so far, but it is something we will continue to keep a close eye on because they have an important role to play for the team this season.”
The excellent loan signing of Marlon Harewood and the return to fitness and hopefully some form, of Peter Løvenkrands, has taken the pressure off the youngsters.
Andy Carroll – scored two last night for England U21s
But the two young guns, and even local lad Ryan Donaldson, will get games this season.
In fact if Nile and Andy progress as well as they have over the last year or so, they may even be well established by the end of the season, but we shouldn’t put too much pressure on the lads.
They seem to be progressing very well under Chris and the coaching staff, and Hughton is delighted with their attitudes right now.
Both youngsters can become top class strikers, with Nile Ranger having that speed that just terrifies defenses, and Andy being a right handful for any defender in the penalty box.
We’ll never forget the away game at Blackburn earlier this year when Big Sam complained, after the game, that Andy had roughed up his two experienced central defenders – good work Andy! 😀
But it’s important they keep their noses clean when they are away from St. James’ Par k, because there are always those that could lead them astray.
Since both have been given monumental talent, it would be a shame to waste it.