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.