Nile Ranger Tipped To Be Shearer-Like In Future

The Guardian has an excellent article out today where they showcase twenty young stars in England, who are 18 years old or younger, and yes, Nile Ranger of Newcastle United is one of them.

Nile Ranger – 17 year-old tipped for the top

Here’s what the Guardian writes about our 17 year old striker, who Dennis Wise signed from Southampton in the summer.

The word among Newcastle United’s youth and reserve ranks is “Ranger is the danger”. The prolific striker, spirited north from Southampton’s youth set-up, has sat on the first team bench a few times already this season and is tipped for Shearer-esque scoring feats.

Well if Nile can become like Alan Shearer that would be just fantastic, but he’s still got a long long way to go, and it will be important for the Newcastle coaching staff to keep the lad’s feet firmly on the ground,

They can do no worse than look at the way Arsene Wenger beings through his young players, and Arsene is surely the master at this. Look how Theo Walcott has blossomed under him, when it seemed for a while that Wenger just wasn’t playing the youngster enough. And Theo himself still has a long way to go to be the finished article.

But Wenger knows exactly what he’s doing, and England boss Fabio Capello has today praised the way Arsene brings his young players through at the London club.

Nile has now scored 15 goals for the Newcastle Under-18 and Reserve sides this season, and he got a hat trick last time out for the Newcastle Under-18 side against Huddersfield lat Saturday. The Under-18s are now top of the Academy league, and will hopefully do well in the upcoming FA Youth Cup.

We expect Nile to make his first team debut, at some suitable time before long, and he’s been on the bench a few times already this season. And if he manages to score some goals in the Premier League, watch for him to become a top player sooner rather than later.

Certainly the Newcastle youth set up has been great this year, when we’ve brought in so many excellent youngsters to the club.

Comments welcome.

75 comments so far

  • hitman

    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #1

    its time,give him the last 20 mins,against wigan,lets see what hes got.

  • Karltoon

    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Aye.. The word’s getting round about him like.. 15goals this early in the season is impressive no matter what level your playing at.. (Save sunday league and that).. His reputation locally is snowballing now.. Defo just give him a little run out only if we are a goal or two up and looking comfortable..

  • dougnufc

    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #3

    I scored 16 in 5 games but at the level he is playing he is damn good

  • garyfret

    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    we got nothing to lose bringing him on at the end of each game if we dont try then he we wont know if he can make it

  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree. Give him a go. We dont have enough players that are good enough to scare the opposition. An unknown element, a young kid with pace and an eye for goal might just give them something to think about and be afraid of.

  • AO

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Here is a message for the whining, whingeing, self-pitying, self-indulgent and deluded fans on Tyneside, otherwise known as the Toon Army: Kevin Keegan is not the Messiah; Alan Shearer is not an aspect of the trinity; Mike Ashley is not the Devil; Tony Jimenez is not on the secret payroll of Sunderland; and Dennis Wise is not an evil dwarf.

    Newcastle United are not a “massive” club and do not have a divine right to remain in the Premier League; St James’ Park is not the world’s greatest stadium; and, in case you were wondering, your team will not break into the top four any time soon, with or without Ashley, Keegan, Wise or any of the other men who are heroes, villains and sometimes both in the febrile imaginations of the world’s most whimsical supporters.

    Oh, and you are not the most loyal, valiant and wonderfully dependable fans on the planet. Check out the attendances when Newcastle were languishing in the second division at the start of the 1990s and you will get the measure of the myth that has clung to the black-and-white-shirted men and women for far too long. That’s right, they were often much fewer than 20,000 and with the Gallowgate end partially deserted. Is that what you call loyalty?

    The banners castigating Ashley for being a southerner during Saturday’s comically self-important protest were the final straw for many of us who have long endured the tedious soap opera on Tyneside. That and the ill-informed, conspiracy-laden and melodramatic messages posted on the dozens of message boards that these fans seem to spend their lives reading.

    Wise likes a challenge but this is lost cause
    Where is the gallows humour, the sense of irony, the satirical edge? Where is the old-fashioned self-mockery that characterises most other groups of English football fans when their team are having a bad time of it?

    The only way that Newcastle fans are ever going to be truly happy is when they have formed a collective to buy the club and have made a pig’s ear, as they inevitably would, of a kind that would make Freddy Shepherd’s last remaining strands stand on end. When they have rehired Keegan to manage the team, Shearer to be his assistant and the ghost of Jackie Milburn to do the scouting. When they have got control of the club and discovered that their own volatility makes it practically ungovernable.

    Sure, passion and commitment are great things and we all know that in a big city with only one football club, there is bound to be a siege mentality and more than a little self-absorption. But many Newcastle fans have turned navel-gazing into an art form. They need to get out more and discover that their beloved club, who have not won a trophy for decades, are virtually unknown beyond these shores. They need a little perspective, not least in terms that passion does not equate to knowledge, nor does enthusiasm equate to expertise on how to run a football club.

    This is a group of fans who agitated for the sacking of Sam Allardyce after only six months because the football was not pretty enough, even though he had put in place a much-needed science support structure and cleared out the dead wood from the Shepherd era. These are fans who want nothing to do with Ashley because he is from “down South” and because he insisted on a continental scouting system to support a manger who, by his own admission, had not attended a live match for three years and so was the last person who could have done the scouting job.

    Sure, mistakes were made by Ashley, not least in the appointment of Keegan – something that was bound to end in tears – and in spheres of responsibility not being properly spelt out to the main protagonists. But let’s get real. The fundamental problem with Newcastle is no longer the corporate management, but those who used to be described as the club’s greatest assets: the fans – or at least those who are making all the noise at present.

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #7

    i am desperate to see how good he is

  • Timberhead

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Gotta be better than what Carroll has showed so far. Lets slowly bring him in unless necessaty dictates. He’s only a bairn but he does look good.

  • hitman

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #9

    please everyone ignore this A-hOle….

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #10

    All of this makes you wonder why Southampton released him. I know he had his problems but if he is so talented would you not keep him on and hope he changes his ways?

  • AO

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #11

    hitman- this is a great piece of writing that should be read by all!

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #12

    AO, does us all a favour and get a life.

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #13

    ao lol

    but seriousely there are a few parts in that article that are correct but the whole article was completely over the top and exagerated (which is in part what he criticized us for) what i dont like though is liverpool are oing the same thing and no one is sying anything to them

  • Rem

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #14

    AO –

    No one cares what you think.

    We do not think we will break into the top four any time soon, or that we are a force to be reckoned with. That is all crap made up by the media, and what a few 15 year old kids high on sugar believe,

    I Truley think you are sad coming on here trying to get a reaction. This is a place for fans to disccus OUR team. No matter how far fetched OUR opions on OUR club is we can have them. If some fans want to think we can win the league LET THEM. Its called an opinion! and were all entiltled to one.

    I dont think ashley is evil. I would lmind if he stayed.

    I dont see why you have to comment like this on a disscusion over a promising young player.

    And yes i agree Keegan shouldnt be scouting himslef, but there is a difference between a scouting team recomending players, and them being forced upon you.
    Especially when the squad is made smaller than it previuosly was, even thou it was to small to start with. Which has been proven with injuries.

    You really think the system set up did a good job a bringing in the required players?

  • Xisco Stu

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #15

    The Guardian have written Wise’s scout report on young British players for him.

    I’m surprised Joe Mattock didn’t get a mention though.

  • Fergie

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #16

    A (lan) O (liver). well done on that copy and paste…

  • Rem

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Everyone just get back to Ranger. ignore this lad. he as nothing better to do with his lunch break, cause he is etiher a kid, or has no mates to sit with at uni/work on his break. If anything feel sorry for him.

    I dont think he should be brought up to the first team yet. Should be kept in U18, then reserves for a bit.
    Rushing a player especially a young one can be depremental. He wont be ready for it and may be put off or may play well and then be put off by that.

  • Marguerite

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #18

    OA – no wonder you do not put your name to what you write, and what has all that you have written got to do with the article about Nile Ranger?

    To take a leaf out of your book, you are such a bumptious, obnoxious and supercilious mouthpiece who dares to present your febrile writings on the Newcastle blogs insulting everything to do with its supporters.

    Please go away you impress no-one.

  • Rem

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #19

    just realised i wrote put off twice in that sentece. was paying attention

  • SuperShearer

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #20

    AO you are wrong on all accounts….sorry…..You’ll get over it though.

  • samthecat

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #21

    All the arguments about Ashley/Keegan have been done-everything has been said before ad infinitum.
    Its nice to see we have a decent player in the Academy-it makes a change and i think Richard Money is doing a good job.

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Woow…These Spuds are getting louder and louder every day….why being so quiet when under Ramos.
    Cos you havent been in CL since god knows when i’m gonna start calling Tottenham…
    ….”The last English virgin”…. 🙂

  • Karltoon

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #23

    My mams an english virgin..
    Im either the second coming of Christ… Or my star sign is Pyrex

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Karltoon….Forget the messiah(KK),you’re the man for the Toon 🙂

  • Monster

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #25

    I’d rather see Ranger on the bench than Carroll.


    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #26

    AO isn’t wrong in all, but what the media (and also you AO) don’t get is that we are not requesting a place in the top 4!

    We are requesting proud players, who give their all week after week and play in a certain style that entertains us. There’s no need to brake into the top 4 right now! We only want improvement.

    I think it’s not fair to say that we do not deserve to be in the EPL. I think we deserve it, but some things must be staibilised at our club! Not everything is bad in what MA and even Wise did and I’m sure every true toon fan appreciates that.

  • Karltoon

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #27

    Rasko – I’ve been saying that for a while!

  • tyneside tommo

    Nov 13, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Did AO miss breakfast?

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Nov 13, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Tyneside….Yes he did cos they took his lunch money at school….poor boy :-).

    Its ok son you’ll get them next time hahaha.

  • tyneside tommo

    Nov 13, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #30

    And get real Fergie. Oliver has never been that articulate in his life . I’m convinced English is a second language to him. but he’s made a great career out of obtaining the mobile phone numbers of all things Toon FC

  • lesh

    Nov 13, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #31

    I see that Shola’s got the fans’ vote for player of the month – a prodegy who’s taken a long time showing any promise.

    Congratulations Shola, keep it up and you’ll shine!!

  • lesh

    Nov 13, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #32

    He’d certainly bring a fresh pair of legs and lots of ambition were he brought on for 20 minutes or so.

    Let’s hope Joe thinks about that while being mindful that he’s still young, has a lot to learn and needs protection from overexposure and media hype.

  • HarryToon.

    Nov 13, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Is He Quick ?

  • Kevin Nichol

    Nov 13, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #34

    AO i bet you regularly attend the pink triangle; i’m politely suggesting that you infact are probably a queer

  • Kevin Nichol

    Nov 13, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #35

    …back to the real discussio point here; I think its very early to talk about introducing ranger inot the first team right now. Let him contiune his education in the reserves for now; train with the first team and let him blossom!

    Carrol has done this for a couple of seasons now and he deserves his place on the bench. We don’t want to jump on the ranger band wagon too quickly, lets give this lad a chance. Remember the goalscoring records chopra broke at this level and he has never cut it in the premier league. The one place we are not short right now is upfront with ameobi playing well; supported by either owen/martins.

    Keep up the good work young nile; your time will come if you do but i dont think (in my opinion of course) that time is just yet…

  • Geordie69

    Nov 13, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #36

    As I keep saying over over and over again! Nile Ranger is the best prospect I have seen since Gazza! Hes already good enough for our first team. The boy has everything!

  • bowburnmag

    Nov 13, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Karltoon – I think it’s fair to say we should add AO’s patella to that adorning Northumbrian necklace. Not pride of place like Keano’s but definitely high up for his valiant efforts?

  • bowburnmag

    Nov 13, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #38

    By the way, I’ve never seen the Ranger kid play, although I’ve seen clips of his goals. Judging by the stamp of him i.e. knows where the goal is, bit of a handful, he could be one to drop in sooner rather than later. Sometimes pays off and it’d be something to cheer us up.

  • It Could Be Worse, We Could Be Spurs! (DC)

    Nov 13, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #39

    AO…and how long did you spend writing such an elaborate piece of tripe? I would bet a substantial amount of time was spent thinking and writing about a club you obviously don’t support and claim not to be massive.

    Surely the point that we have non-supporters going to such lengths to try to justify the notion that we are a small club only strengthens the fact that we are a MASSIVE club!

  • BT9MAG

    Nov 13, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #40

    As a few people have said – AO makes some good points – UNFORTUNATELY the majority of them are based on what red tops and SSN report…Still not 100% sure as to why he’s come on here to say them though…

    Nile Ranger looks to be a real talent and I agree with everyone on here, if it’s a toss up between Carol or Ranger I’d take Ranger any day!

    Finally, well done to Shola – I’ve never rated him, even when he actually did scuff and miskick goals away fairly regularly next to Shearer…He does however deserve this award and some of his play with his back to goal has been quality – if he can keep it up, I can see this 4,3,3 formation working again!


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