Why David Ngog should be given much more credit and respect
Just two years before we signed Ngog, Chelsea paid £9 million for Salomon Kalou; a young Ivorian who had just joined off the back of 50 goals in 99 games in 3 seasons in Holland. A lot was expected of him. Has he delivered? Well, it depends on how you look at it really. He’s managed 55 goals in almost 230 games for Chelsea; a relatively decent amount for a 3rd, 4th or sometimes 5th choice striker. Compare his rate to Ngog’s and you have the same ratio of 1 in 4, so why the massive disparity in the way they’re perceived in the press and by their respective groups of fans?
At the age of 22, David has already been playing Premier League football for 3 years and while he may not be the most talented Frenchman to walk these shores, he never shies away from hard work; he’ll play where he’s asked and, I’m sorry, but he’s a bloody good young striker. His only problem, as far as I can see, is that he’s just not a great striker. But who’s to say how he’ll turn out, if he isn’t kept on and given the chance? He’s been relatively prolific for France: scoring 24 goals in 46 games at all youth levels. The potential is still there and he is still only 22. The vitriol often aimed in his direction from some quarters is truly hard to fathom.
Whatever you think of Ngog personally, the argument that ‘he just isn’t good enough’ just doesn’t wash with me, as the statistics and physical facts during his performances would seem to argue otherwise; just look at his two goals against a Malaysian XI on Saturday: real poacher’s goals, showing real quality in the second one, in particular. Now, I should make it very clear that I’m not trying to argue from the point of view that Ngog is an amazing player. He isn’t. What he is, is a great squad player with a top attitude. He’ll never be a world-beater and may never be an international striker but you’re unlikely to find a better young player who will put in as much effort from the bench and do whatever is asked of him when called upon. And that, is why I feel that David Ngog should be given much more credit and respect that he has ever been given by our fans.
Article is courtesy of David Tyrer at Live4Liverpool