For the second time since he arrived at Newcastle, Alan Pardew has expressed some doubts about young Nile Ranger’s attitude.
Nile Ranger – something missing?
Pardew has said the problem is not lateness, and that he’s only been late once since Alan arrived, but it’s something that Alan sees that is missing with the young Londoner.
Pardew talked about the 19 year-old to the Sunday Sun this morning:
“It is not lateness – he has only been late once so it is not a problem on that front.” “It is just about his professionalism in training and the extras you need to do.”
“He trains OK, but I just feel he needs to do extra.” “He is a really lovable character but a little bit laid back at times.”
“He needs to express to everyone – the players and the staff – that he cares and he is desperate to be a professional footballer.”
Newcastle have only just handed Nile Ranger a five and a half year deal last November, that will keep him at the Tyneside club until the summer of 2016, and he got the contract because of his obvious immense potential.
However, it does seem that Alan has some problems with Nile’s attitude in training, that he’s just not buckling down enough to become a Newcastle star of the future, and that’s a little worrying.
“You ask any young footballer in Newcastle whether they would like to play for this football club and they would all love to do it.
“He is in that position and he should honor and cherish it.” “I said to Andy Carroll ‘have a chat with Nile,’ and his response was that he has and a few of them have.”
“At some point we will stop and if he has not grasped it by then he will not be here.”
“It is time for him to really knuckle down and work on his game, because the one thing I will not deny is he has talent.”
“He could be a big player for us – but he needs to work and get the maximum out of his game.”
It’s rather odd that Alan should bring this up twice in four weeks, and there’s obviously something there that Pardew doesn’t like with what he sees in Nile.
Chris Hughton had said the lad tends to be lazy, even during games, so maybe he seems that way in training – that would certainly explain the comments Alan has made above.
It would heed Nile Ranger to find out what it is and put it right — and sooner rather than later.