It seems that Alan Pardew is not 100% happy with what he’s seen from Nile Ranger in training, since he’s been on Tyneside.
Nile Ranger – more effort needed in training?
Alan Pardew now has had time to assess the Newcastle squad over the last two weeks, and he has come out and talked about several of Newcastle’s players.
Yesterday he was singing the praises of Joey Barton, and said that Joey had opinions on every aspect of the game of football, but that didn’t bother Alan one little bit.
But today he has come out and talked about one of our young potential future stars in Nile Ranger, and said he still has a lot to do in both his game and in his preparation in training – if he ever wants to become the real deal.
This is what Alan said today about Nile today:
“I had heard about Nile prior to coming here and knew he was a talent,”
“But I still think he has a lot to do to be a regular starter here. He was going to start at Birmingham because I thought the impetus he gave us against Liverpool would carry over. But that doesn’t mean to say he’s going to play against City.”
“At the moment, he’s probably still at the stage of being an impact player to a degree. When I see a bit more of him in training, and see him on time and being disciplined, that’s when I’ll feel willing to put him in the first team.”
“He has potential, but he needs to get certain other things right to be a consistent performer. Anyone can play well in one game, it’s about being a consistently good player. “
Alan will have known all about Ranger when he took over as manager at Southampton, because basically the south coast club shipped him out – and Newcastle snapped him up two years ago last August.
It would appear that Alan is not altogether happy at Nile’s attitude to training, and it seems the important words from Alan above are “and see him on time and being disciplined”.
Alan doesn’t come out and say what that is specifically – but we do know he used to be late to training, but we thought he now arrives on time, but that may not be the case.
There are so many excellent processionals on Tyneside at the moment that we would hope Nile will learn from, about what it takes to become a top player, and may be some of our senior players can mentor the youngster.
But of course it’s got to come from the player himself ultimately, so we have to hope that Nile shapes up and follows the wise words he will get from his new manager, who will not stand any tardiness or lack of effort in training.
It’s time to listen and learn Nile.