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Allardyce warns N'Zogbia
05 Oct 2007 - 07:14:16
Newcastle United starlet Charles N'Zogbia has been warned by manager Sam Allardyce to keep his focus, following a fine start to the new season.
The 21-year-old has impressed at left-back for the Magpies, having made his name as a tricky wide midfielder since moving to St James' Park from La Havre.
However, Allardyce is aware that N'Zogbia could lose his way is he doesn't focus on the job in hand.
He said: "As long as the attention does not affect him in the wrong way.
"That can happen to young men when all the other boys start talking to him about this, that and the other. All of a sudden, he's disgruntled again.
"It can be a good thing, but it can also be a very destructive thing.
"You know, I saw a player play once for England and he is now playing at Oldham Athletic. He's called Michael Ricketts.
"It affected him that badly. He let himself get carried away by the situation and his career ended up declining."