Lovenkrands To Mentor Nile Ranger – He Has A Lot To Learn

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.

Lovenkrands continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • NufcGlen

    Mar 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #1

    This isnt good news xD

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 9, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #2

    ‘You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.’ Stan Laurel

  • Markaccus

    Mar 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #3

    A rolling stone gathers no stitches in time and is worth two in the bush

  • supervil

    Mar 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #4

    You can lead a horse to water, but Nile Ranger will still get drunk and sh@g a slappa. Oh, and it’s a bit harsh calling him a horse.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Mar 9, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #5

    The probability of meeting someone you know increases greatly when you are out with someone you do not want to be seen with.

  • Jammydodger

    Mar 9, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Marcell Jansen, quality guy if were looking for new left back
    wont be cheap but he get goals and is very versatile

    Daniel Wass
    Rapid young guy who just broke into danish nation team as right back/ right winger
    Right winger, this guy runs like the proverbial off a shovel, can dribble and cross

  • lewisnufc

    Mar 9, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    I was out on the drink in town on saturday night after the game and seen nile in ‘OHSO’ … supposedly the reason he wasnt playing against everton was because of a bad leg… didnt stop him dancing like a tool though did it?!

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 9, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #8

    ‘You can’t keep an egg in two baskets’ (also Stan Laurel)

  • DURhamTOON

    Mar 9, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #9

    I was wandering back from Perdu (night club) in Grainger Street last night (3.30AM) and was walking back towards Linekars bar and parked up in a parking space on my left hand side was a white range rover sport with RANGER as its number plate. Obviously I was drunk and got excited so I went to say hello to Nile, he wound the window down so I chatted to him, he’s a nice lad and ended up giving me a fiver for a kebab haha =) best end to a night out ever!!! but it’s no wonder he’s late for training if he cruises around town late every night

  • NorseMag

    Mar 9, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #10

    If you count your chickens before they’ve hatched, they won’t lay an egg

  • Pigott93

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Im too drunk to taste this chicken-colonel sanders

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 9, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #12

    apologies its not exactly on topic, but this is top class…shivers down the spine


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