Nile Ranger scored a hat-trick for the Newcastle Reserves on Monday afternoon, but there still seems to be concern about the 19 year-old’s attitude.
Nile Ranger – Willie Donachie’s job to bring him through – if it’s possible
And in a long interview today in the Newcastle Journal today, coach Willie Donachie talks at length about Nile Ranger, and what he needs to do to succeed.
Willie Donachie has been working with Alan Pardew as first team coach since the Londoner arrived at Newcastle, but with the arrival of John Carver yesterday as Assistant Manager, it could be that Willie will work more with the youngsters at the club, and it will be his job to try to bring the youngsters through – like Nile Ranger.
Willie thinks there are a number of things that Nile will have to correct, as far as his professionalism goes, to become a proper player, and this is what the coach said today:
“Nile Ranger hasn’t made it yet and he has to realize it,” “I said to him the other day after he scored a hat-trick for the reserves, they were good goals, but you need to understand you have a lot to do.”
“You have a lot to learn and you have a lot of hard work ahead of you before you become a proper player. He has to take the message on board or he is not going to make it.”
Alan Pardew came out recently and criticized Nile Ranger for his attitude, and even said that Nile would either have to shape up – or be shipped out of the club – which seemed harsh words at the time.
It was interesting in his BBC interview yesterday, that Alan said he would never criticize the players in public, so maybe the exception on Nile, could have been an indication of how frustrated Alan may be with the youngster.
Ranger was regularly getting substitute appearances when Alan first came to the club, and when he came on against Liverpool, the 19 year-old literally scared the living daylights out of the Reds’ defenders, and caused all kind of havoc at the back for Liverpool.
But it seems in the last couple of weeks Nile is now back to being 5th striker at the club, and Alan Pardew even talked about Phil Airey recently, when he was discussing young strikers coming through well at the club, and he never even mentioned Ranger.
It seems that Willie will be the coach, more than anybody else at the club, who will need to work with Nile, and maybe this is why he has given this interview, because Nile will know all about it now.
“At 19 he is still young, playing in the hardest position, up front, sometimes on your own with defenders kicking lumps out of you.”“You have to be mentally strong as well as talented.” “We are trying to create good young men here, and good professionals and Nile has to take that on board.”
“There are standards of professionalism.” “It isn’t just what you do on a match-day, that is a common misconception.” “It’s the whole package. People mature at different ages and it might not be until Nile is 24 that he grasps that.”
“He might not be ready until he is 24 and that will be frustrating for him. He had moved up the pecking order, but he has fallen back again.” “He is naturally talented and he finds parts of the game easy. He scored three good goals, great goals in fact, but other parts of his game were sloppy, very sloppy.”
“In fact, if he played like that at a higher level he wouldn’t get away with it and no way would he have scored three goals.” “He will not survive in the first team with that all round game and he’ll be out again.” “It’s the all-round package Nile needs to work on.”
“There are two words which are vital for footballers,” “They are not fashionable and they are not going to grab any headlines – they are reliable and consistency.” “They are not what people want to talk about, but without them you will not be a player.” Nobody talks about them, it’s all about skill and goalscorers.”
“They will see Lionel Messi beating three players to score, but they will forget about all the hard work and discipline he shows as well.” “One of the first things Malcolm Allison said to me at Manchester City was savor it, savor every moment you have playing football because it will be over so quickly.”
“You have to try and get everything out of it while you can, you have to make the most of it while you can. That was the best bit of advice I ever received.” “The number one thing for me is desire. There are plenty of players who didn’t have the talent, who were told they would never make it, but they did.”
“And there are plenty of players who had bags and bags of talent who didn’t make it because they didn’t have desire.”
In any profession, experience is very important, and Willie and the rest of the Newcastle coaching staff know exactly what they are talking about. They’ve all been there, done that.
But as we’ve already seen with Andy Carroll, the young lads can make mistakes, sometimes big mistakes, simply because they are young, and that’s one way of learning.
It certainly seems the coaching staff at Newcastle are truly concerned about Nile, and we just have to hope the lad will shape up.
He’s being told every day what he needs to do, and probably in no uncertain language too, and we suppose if he doesn’t take any notice, it could be a potential great career ended dead in its tracks.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink – is a good saying about this kind of thing.
The Newcastle coaches can tell Nile until they are blue in the face, about what he has to do to be successful in the game of football, , but if he doesn’t follow what they say, he will simply not make it.
And there are many potentially great players, who just didn’t make it in football, for one reason or another, but a major reason was that they never had the requisite desire.
We hope Nile Ranger will not end up being one of them.