NILE Ranger has been told he can be a success on the pitch at Newcastle United – but only if he puts in the hard work off it.
Ranger has shown glimpses of his talent since breaking into the first team last season.
But manager Alan Pardew, like his predecessor Chris Hughton, has been frustrated by his timekeeping.
Pardew last week reiterated that the striker needs to be more disciplined day-in, day-out on the training field, and around the club, if he’s to fulfill his undoubted potential.
And Ranger’s fellow striker Peter Lovenkrands is hoping the 19-year-old heeds the advice Pardew and the club’s senior professionals are giving him.
“Nile has a lot to learn, especially in training,” Lovenkrands said. “There’s a lot of things to need to work on and things you need to listen to.
“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,” added the 31-year-old. “He just needs a goal for his confidence.
“I just hope he develops in the right direction. Nile’s a character. You just don’t know how much he listens to.”