Sam Allardyce: Steven N’Zonzi needed a kick up the backside


Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce has told Steven N’Zonzi to forget about all the plaudits he won last season and concentrate on improving his game.

The former Amiens star was voted last term’s player of the season but Allardyce has not been impressed with his attitude in the opening month of the current campaign.

The former Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United manager said of the 21-year-old:“I don’t think he’s been unlucky, I just don’t think he’s played to the level he played last year. That’s the reason why he hasn’t put himself in the side.

“Vince Grella, who struggled last year because of injuries, has kept himself a little bit fitter and is now getting himself in the frame a little bit more. That puts pressure on Steven.

“Steven’s a young man who’s gone home in the summer and, for me, has come back and thinks it’s just going to happen.

“Young lads do that. He’s got a kick up the backside, taken it in the chin and, when he gets back in to the team, he can show me he is back to his normal self.”

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