Alan Pardew has some good news for Newcastle fans this morning, as he says he is starting to see some major improvements in th attitude of young 19 year old striker Nile Ranger.
Nile Ranger – showing determination to succeed on Tyneside
Alan knows what he’s talking about too, because he has proved himself an excellent coach with strikers, and Newcastle fans have to hope that Ranger can come through as Andy Carroll did over this last 13 months or so.
But this time we’ll keep the London lad on Tyneside, and not cash in on him.
Pardew had immediately criticized Ranger’s laid back attitude towards life in general and training in particular, when Alan first arrived, and criticized his very poor time-keeping as just one example of that.
But the great news this morning is that the 19 year-old has been fired up by Pardew, and he’s now starting to show the drive and determination to make it to the top.
This is what Alan said today:
“Nile is going to be vital for us between now and the end of the season.” “We keep talking about professionalism to him and he’s taking it on board.”
“His time-keeping has improved and he’s starting to improve at the training ground now on a daily basis.” “That all bodes well – he’s getting better as a player.”
“He will only get better.” “He has all of the qualities to make it. He now needs to enhance those.”
“Nile’s got such pace he actually gets under center-halves. Once he gets past them, they aren’t coming back.”
“It’s about improving his technique, something we’re working on.” “When that chance comes, he needs to take the net off with it.”
“Nile now knows that, and it’s up to him to take the chance.”
This seems a similar statement to what Alan said last Saturday, when he even compared Nile to a young Michael Owen, who could get away from the defenders and they couldn’t catch him, because of his speed.
And there’s not doubt Nile is currently a tremendous impact sub for Newcastle, as he seems to get through a full games’ activity in those last 20 minutes when he’s brought on, and can be a huge thorn in the sides of the opposing defenses – we love it.
It couldn’t be that Nile has seen a player just over two years older than himself get £80K/week at Liverpool – we wonder if that could be a motivating factor? 😀
If Nile comes through as well as Andy did last year, the last thing we want is for this lad to be sold, and he’s taken big time to Newcastle and the area since he arrived 30 months ago, so we’d want to keep this lad at the club.
What do you think?