Newcastle United new 17 year-old striker Nile Ranger, will make his Reserve team debut tonight against North East rivals Sunderland at St. James’ Park.
Nile Ranger – 17 year old striker just signed by Newcastle
We knew Nile has been signed from Southampton a couple of weeks ago, but we have no record of the club having officially reported the signing.
Nile turned up on the bench for the Carling Cup 2nd round tie at Coventry, last Tuesday, which turned out to be such a great game for the fans, especially when we finally got through, after extra time. 😀
Nile played for Southampton’s Youth Academy team last season but was released in the summer.
The striker scored quite a few goals, including several doubles, but so far no hat tricks, for the Southampton side, and scored a goal in 13 seconds against the strong Arsenal Youth team.
He also played once or twice in the Southampton reserve team, and had a trial Swindon before the season began, and scored once for them.
We’re not sure why he was released by Southampton, but apparently he did spend some time in a youth offenders’ institute in Southampton.
So he comes with some baggage, and we have to believe that Kevin and his staff can get the young lad, who is apparently a very good player, back on the rails.
We’re confident Kevin can do just that, and he talked to the Evening Chronicle about Nile on Saturday:
“Nile will be on the bench tonight. We have had him around us for three or four training sessions.”
“It is still very early, but it’s an opportunity for him. He’s on the bench, and that means he could get on.”
That’s about all we know about him, but he will be on display tonight at St. James’ Park, and it will be interesting to see if Kevin can make it to the game, with all the transfer stuff going on – but we think Kevin will still manage to be there somehow. If he looks happy that might be a good sign for us.
Adam Sadler names the following side for the 7:00 pm kick off tonight;
Newcastle United Reserves:
Fraser Forster, James Marwood, Shane Ferguson, Mark Doninger, David Edgar, Ben Tozer, Jonny Godsmark, Ryan Donaldson, Nile Ranger, Fabio Zamblera, Frank Wiafe Danquah
Subs: Callum Morris, Ole Soderberg, Darren Lough, Patrick McLaughlin, Stewart Bath
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