Extra-special Ngog shows Wanderers the way - Freedman
DAVID Ngog is helping to plug the gap vacated by injured star Mark Davies with some of the best football of his career.
honest appraisal of Dougie Freedman, who has been delighted with the Frenchman’s performances during the current unbeaten run.
Ngog has often struggled to substantiate the £4million price tag that made him Owen Coyle’s most expensive cash purchase in his time at the club.
But Freedman has managed to coax something different from the one-time Liverpool prodigy, and the Wanderers boss has cited his attitude as one he would like to see replicated right across his squad.
“When he finds himself out of the team he doesn’t sulk,” he said. “He has a fantastic attitude towards training. He goes and does extra and I am holding him back.
“He is desperate to get in there and he is playing as well as I have ever seen him play for a few years.
“There are other players stepping up to the Mark Davies role since he got injured and David is certainly one of them.”
The numbers make good reading for Ngog, who played a pivotal role in the midweek win over Blackburn Rovers and chipped in with a sixth goal of the season against Barnsley last weekend.
“If you see the stats, David is in the top two in the whole squad,” he said. “He gives an attacking threat that is hard to cope with.
“He is only a young guy still learning his trade. These are the guys who are getting into the team because they are buying into what is expected and where we are trying to go.”
Ngog’s form has been one of the success stories of Freedman’s time at the club so far but the Whites boss believes his whole squad are now in a good state of mind.
“There will be slips up and down but we have a good mindset right now,” he said.
“The fans can see there is a picture getting painted and they are starting to understand what it is all about.
“When I came here the likes of Marvin (Sordell), David and (Darren) Pratley weren’t in that picture.
“All of a sudden they are coming through.”