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.