High Hopes For 17 Year-Old Nile Ranger


Newcastle United interim manager Joe Kinnear has today backed 17 year-old striker Nile Ranger to have a bright future at Newcastle.

Nile Ranger – in tremendous goal scoring form

Ranger was signed rather quietly from Southampton during the summer, and he has settled in well at Newcastle, and has certainly been scoring the goals in the Reserves and the youth team.

Joe Kinnear watched Ranger in action against Blackburn Rovers Reserves recently and Nile scored his first ever goal for the club. Ranger also scored twice for our Academy last week and of course his terrific goal at Wigan Athletic.

Kinnear is keeping tabs on the very promising youngster as he told the Chronicl:

“He put in a great performance the other day for the reserves.”

“He has been great in training as well – he is certainly one for the future, and he is making rapid progress.”

“Chris Hughton told me before that he can have a bright future, and after seeing him in training I agree.”

Kinnear nurtured lots of youngsters at Wimbledon with the likes of Warren Barton, John Scales, Robbie Earle and Dean Holdsworth, so he knows how to handle the youngsters.

Kinnear is now looking for consistency from the 17 year-old:

“He must keep his feet firmly on the ground.

“But if he keeps on making rapid progress, we could have a very good player on our hands.”

We’ll be keeping an eye on Nile, and he’s yet another great youngster we’ve brought into the club this year, and it will be very important that Newcastle continues their youth poicy under the new owner.

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49 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #1

    have we got to many strikers for him to break through
    owen
    martins
    viduka
    ameobi
    smith
    carroll

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  • qemin

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #2

    i’ll cancel viduka off the list mate. he has no leg to play. poor vids.

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  • beyethegreat

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #3

    has any one seen him play
    if so what is his potential is it similar to owen or similar to ameobi

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  • MattyDread

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #4

    He scored a cracking goal for the stiffs against Blackburn.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-1K8k-K79A

    This is an interview with Steve Harper but it shows Nile’s goal. Very well taken.

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  • MattyDread

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #5

    beyethegreat – I’m not sure that’s the case, he’s already made the bench. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t break through when we have such an injury prone / under performing bunch of strikers.

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  • Paul

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Poor Southhampton are like we used to be in the days of Waddle, Pedro, Gascoigne etc. They’ve had great players like Crouch, Walcott, Bale etc then they have to feed them all to the big boys before they have the chance to lift the team. Let’s hope that Nile Ranger is another one!

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  • M. Stockley

    Oct 13, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #7

    off subject but have people had their man city tickets yet?

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  • Toony Montana

    Oct 13, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #8

    I think Southampton released him – dont quote me on this but I am sure he spent some time this summer at her majesty’s pleasure.

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  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Oct 13, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #9

    I live not far from Southampton & knowaw few Saints supporters I’ve heard he has an attitude problem. That’s why they let him go. Does anyone know what happened to Aaron Spears from Plymouth

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 13, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Toony – Yes they released him because he got arrested for shoplifting I think and we knicked him when he was on trial at Swindon.

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  • beyethegreat

    Oct 13, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11

    toony if that is true then it looks like we have thugs coming through at every level

    barton(first team)
    carroll(reserves and first team fringe)
    ranger(reserves)

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 13, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Aaron Spear did sign for us but wants to go back to Plymouth now and probably will be leaving us very, very soon. He is actually debating whether to continue the path to professional football and he doesn’t like it too much.

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  • cam_toon

    Oct 13, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Lets face it.. Smith and Vids, and Prob Shola will be out shortly.

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  • Toony Montana

    Oct 13, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Cheers Tom.

    This is an exert from his myspace:

    igghttt mannns 15 init but im on disss ting trusss dnt fink coz ive made a wifey riddim intro mannns not on dis ting coz dat aint the case but i try stay out of as much trouble as i can coz gud boiiis live rude boiiis die dats the sayin i always grew up wid but yh skip dat. mannns tryin to take footy serious coz i wanna make sum pea fuck the street ting its really long 4 me might shubz it off now and again u see it but yh if u wanna kno where i play its upfront dutty striker about 4 goals a game minimum maximum 7or 8 one of dem but my weakness is most definatly girls and my 2nd weakness is losing i flippin hate losing but i hardly lose at anything coz im a big bumbaclart duppy mannnnnnn but yh im gona update dis shit wen i get the hang off it.but u aint heard the last of me sho sho 4 now

    ha!!

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  • figsdad

    Oct 13, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #15

    well play him against mancity shola would ever dream of scoring a goal like that.

    we wont have nothing to lose if we play him..

    shola is shite full stop..

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  • Manyanga

    Oct 13, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #16

    See link below – Nile doesn’t lack confidence or skills in self-publicity. The video ‘Messing round wiv Lyrical’ shows him signing on at NUFC. See and hear him at http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=120797284

    If Kinnear has problems with the Spaniards, how will he manage with Nilos. Anyone like to translate?
    “Igghttt mannns 15 init but im on disss ting trusss dnt fink coz ive made a wifey riddim intro mannns not on dis ting coz dat aint the case but i try stay out of as much trouble as i can coz gud boiiis live rude boiiis die dats the sayin i always grew up wid but yh skip dat. mannns tryin to take footy serious coz i wanna make sum pea fuck the street ting its really long 4 me might shubz it off now and again u see it but yh if u wanna kno where i play its upfront dutty striker about 4 goals a game minimum maximum 7or 8 one of dem but my weakness is most definatly girls and my 2nd weakness is losing i flippin hate losing but i hardly lose at anything coz im a big bumbaclart duppy mannnnnnn but yh im gona update dis shit wen i get the hang off it.but u aint heard the last of me sho sho 4 now”

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  • Marty-TOON RISING

    Oct 13, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #17

    You can strike Viduka and Smith off the striker list,they won`t be playing very much.
    Tis lad looks about Shola`s size or will be and has a lot more technique and speed.
    Why not give him and Zamblera a run out near the end of some games for experience.
    Rooney started out young in the first team,do we at NUFC have to wait till they are 22 or so????????

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  • broon ale

    Oct 13, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #18

    ranger is quality, i have seen a few reserve games this season. he was brilliant in our defeat against the mackems.
    tom-toon. where on earth did you hear that about spears?

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  • Davies

    Oct 13, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #19

    I’ve seen his MySpace page (somebody put the link on here before) and he looks like a prize tosser. A bit of a bling boy, thinks he’s a gangsta.

    Still, if he can score goals and stay out of jail, I really don’t care that much.

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  • newcastle29

    Oct 13, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #20

    @beyethegreat // Oct 13, 2008 at 14:42

    have we got to many strikers for him to break through

    owen = a chance he will go
    martins
    viduka = knacked might play for us again.
    ameobi = useless and will go.
    smith = done nowt since he has been with us.
    carroll = hopefully will make it.

    so i would say he has a good chance of breaking through.

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  • ToonRich

    Oct 13, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #21

    I heard of Ranger last season before his trouble with the shop lifting. He seemed like one for the future then, and he still looks good now imo… To be fair, I dont think the trouble was only him and it could have been down to pressure from the other lads for him to play up like he did off the field. Hope he keeps his head down as I’d like to see him get a few first team mins underr his belt.

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  • ryan peacock

    Oct 13, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #22

    looks quality! hope he gets a chance in the next two or three games.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 13, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Slightly off subject but on saturday afternoon I saw Aaron Spear and looked like Ameobi’s brother in TK Maxx in the toon. So looks like young spear is here after all !

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  • Will

    Oct 13, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #24

    canny goal!

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  • Tom

    Oct 13, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #25

    tom_toon, where did you hear about Spear not being happy in football mate?

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  • ryan peacock

    Oct 13, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #26

    anyone now where geordie4life is on the bbc?
    he aint been on there for ages!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 13, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #27

    I speak to Spear on msn.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 13, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Tom Toon

    So is the lad home sick or just think he can’t make it ?

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  • Ashton

    Oct 13, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #29

    He is just shiting you tom toon

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 13, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #30

    He hates the coaches and doesn’t really like football that much and he ‘cant be bothered’.

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  • greg

    Oct 13, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #31
  • neeraj

    Oct 13, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #32

    owen- most probably going in jan
    martins
    viduka- would love to watch him play again
    ameobi- needless to comment
    smith- striker?????
    carroll- never seen him play
    xisco- looks good, needs time to settle

    so it’s 2 or 3 strikers who are ahead of him or would be ahead of him in jan

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  • Turkish magpie

    Oct 13, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Beyethegreat

    u missed out xisco

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  • beyethegreat

    Oct 13, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #34

    yeah soz turk mag

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  • Rich

    Oct 13, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #35

    could JK be an inspired choice of coach by MA?

    Are the players picked by the board quality…

    Does the club have any major debts…

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  • cause I got the girth

    Oct 13, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #36

    WISE OUT!!! ohh hang on……he signed him!! errrrrrrrrr !?!?!?!?!
    p.s. his my space made me shout out YEAH like i was in the background of a 50 cent song!

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  • Az

    Oct 13, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Not having a go at you guys but I wish you would stop taking the pi$$ out of Nile because I know him and he reads this site because it looks at reserve games in detail. He also stopped reading Rivals.com as people were laughing at his myspace and how he communicates. Thats how most people are age talk now!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 13, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #38

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  • cause I got the girth

    Oct 13, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #39

    if someone went on to my myspace and took the mick out of my billy ray cyrus pictures, would go and cry or even worse, expect some hanger on looser to try and stick up for me???? err no! cringe worthy mate, get a life!

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  • cause I got the girth

    Oct 13, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #40

    ps. the word is “our” as in ‘our age’! If that’s how ‘you’ communicate then you need to stop skipping your English lessons!

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