Peter Lovenkrands has come out today with some good advice for young 19 year-old fellow striker Nile Ranger – and we just have to hope the lad will take it.
Nile Ranger – still has a lot to learn – especially in training
The England Under-20 international has impressed ever since he’s been on Tyneside, but there has always been questions as to whether the Londoner has the desire and will to get the most out of his natural talents and become a great player.
We all know about Nile’s poor time-keeping and lack of effort and concentration in the training sessions, and it’s been noticeable to the senior players on Tyneside, including Danish International Peter Lovenkrands.
But it seems that Peter has now taken the former Southampton trainee and become his mentor, and that;s good to hear.
Peter, who was a Newcastle target 11 years ago when Bobby Robson was the club told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Nile has a lot to learn, especially in training.” “There are a lot of things to work on and things he needs to listen to.” “The senior boys can only do so much.”
“You can say so many things – you just don’t know how much he listens to us.” “Hopefully, he’ll take it on board.”
Nile Ranger still has a wonmderful chance to succeed on Tyneside, and with Andy Carroll leaving for pastures anew, it will give Nile a bigger chance, and he can also see that if he keeps his head down, and listens to Peter he can fairly quickly become a top player for Newcastle.
“He’s got good potential, and he’s a big threat when he comes on the park late on in games.”
“He’s a handful – any defender will tell you that.” “He’s a good lad, and a great boy to have around.”
“He just needs a goal for his confidence. I just hope he develops in the right direction. I’ve been one to help him a lot. Nile’s a character.”
It’s all up to Nile of course and as Peter says, there’s only so much the senior players at Newcastle can do for him, and after that it’s up to him.
You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink – is a saying that comes to mind that perfectly describes Nile Ranger at Newcastle.
Nile doesn’t turn 20 until April, but he’s already made 51 appearances for Newcastle with 3 goals, but is still waiting for his first Premier League goal and first Premier League start.