17 Year-Old Nile Ranger Loves Playing For Newcastle United

Teenage striker Nile Ranger has admitted today that he loves playing for Newcastle United.


Nile Ranger – tremendously impressive in first season at Newcastle

The 17 year-old, who we got from Southampton last summer, also admits he gets a buzz every time he is involved with the Newcastle United senior squad.

Nile has made a huge impression during his first season on Tyneside and has already fired 14 goals for the Under 18 side and 6 goals for the Reserve side so far this season. And that eye-catching impact has seen the Londoner rewarded with three appearances on the first-team bench, and the Londoner seems to like that experience.

Nile told nufcTV today:

“It’s amazing to be with the first-team in training or when I’m on the bench and I get a real buzz from it,”

“I’m loving playing for Newcastle and it’s gone really well so far.” “I’ve scored lots of goals and settled straight in and I hope that continues.”

“If it does then I’d love to get another chance to be on the bench this season.”

Ranger was speaking to the club’s official TV station after Monday night’s 1-0 Reserve team win at Blackburn Rovers, which takes the side to 3rd top of their league.

And last night another one of our top youngsters, 16 year old Slovenian midfielder Haris Vukcic, who was making his debut for the Reserves as a substitute after 67 minutes, scored the winning goal just 15 minutes from the end of that game.

A goal that new Reserve Team coach Colin Calderwood today described as follows today:

“The goal was the only real moment of class on the night and it was a finish which was worthy of winning a match.”

“It was a super goal and a very cultured finish.”

Of course Haris has some way to go to catch Nile’s 20 goals for the club so far this season.

And Nile added:

“We were all made up for Haris and it was an excellent goal.”

“There weren’t many chances for either side during the game but he produced the one real moment of quality.”

“He’s just a new signing but already he’s settled in and looks a top player.”

There’s no doubt the club in the last 12 months have already signed some quality youngsters at the club, and it will be good to watch their progress in the coming seasons. We expect at least two or three to be pushing through for the first team in the next couple of seasons.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • Doocey

    Feb 17, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Great news.

  • Doocey

    Feb 17, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Good player

  • Doocey

    Feb 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Very good player

  • waddler

    Feb 17, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    This is how Newcastle will become a force again in English football, through players like Ranger and others coming out of the youth team and cementing first team places.

  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 17, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #5

    waddler – agreed.

    Ranger, Lua Lua, Carroll, and Vukcic. They could all be top drawer players. Personally I haven’t written off David Edgar yet.

  • waddler

    Feb 17, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Pons Aelius- spot on!
    If they really develop our youth set up, we will be feared in 5 years time by all clubs.
    Be patient lads, be patient.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Feb 17, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Yep gotta say there are some realy good kids coming through. Its certainaly gonna be interestingcouple of seasons ahead BUT we need a manager that will give them thier chance.

  • Prince Bassong

    Feb 17, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Yes we do need a proper manager, although if they didn’t mind having JK as an assistant/advisor then that’d be a huge plus and smooth the transition.

    I really like the look of Ranger as he seems to be a great all-round striker in the making. I was chuffed to bits to see he’s been added during the FIFA 09 winter roster update, and Inman’s been put on as well in the place of Zamblera and Ngo Baheng.

  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 17, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Just as an interesting footnote on former youth players – anyone remember a youth striker we had called Richard Offiong?

    Check out his scoring stats since going to Hamilton Academicals.

    I understand the Scottish league isn’t the best test for a striker but he’s worth keeping an eye on.

  • safferman

    Feb 17, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #10

    who wouldnt love playing for the most awesome club in the world, yeah!!!

  • prentice

    Feb 17, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #11

    We were all made up for Haris and it was an excellent goal.

    Wow Nile’s English is certainly more standardized now than the time I looked at his myspace profile 😀

    This lad seas like a real find so all credit to the scouting team. Hope we pull away from relegation and the lad gets a chance in the last few games of the season

  • Piers

    Feb 17, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Hope we get to see Harris and Nile with first team before the seasons over! (crossing my fingers!!)

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 17, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #13


  • workyticket

    Feb 17, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Mmmm, looks like I’ve been blocked for a little mild Ed criticism. Good job I’m a programmer.

  • workyticket

    Feb 17, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #15

    You need to improve your security Ed!

  • workyticket

    Feb 17, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #16

    prentice // Feb 17, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    “Wow Nile’s English is certainly more standardized now than the time I looked at his myspace profile :D”

    He da baddest Gangsta in Toon prentice!

  • TheDan

    Feb 17, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #17

    What we now need to do is bring these youngsters into the game. Fair play they’re all playing well in the reserves but I hope they’re given a good amount of time to shine in Prem.
    Thing is with Newcastle, youngsters only ever seem to get in once we’re plagued with injuries.
    I’m much rather see some fresh talent than the likes of Geremi and Cacapa.

  • TheDan

    Feb 17, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #18

    lol workyticket you crack me up.
    What did you get blocked for?

  • AndyNUFC

    Feb 17, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #19

    No offence workyticket, but if Ed found it necessary to block you, then wouldn’t it have been more polite to contact him asking to lift the ban and explaining your comment, rather than finding a way around it and kind of disrespecting Ed’s decision? Just i’d be a bit P’d off with you now if I was him.

  • It Could Be Worse...We Could Be Spurs -DC-

    Feb 17, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #20

    @ Pons… I have been following him on the leaders boards on SSN.

    Another X-Mag, Calvin Zola, is doing fairly well at my second team, Crewe Alex. I think it just goes to show the enormous gap between being a very good player in the lower leagues and just making it as a player in the premiership.

    Sentanta were talking about this point last night w. RE to Beckham. Saying that it’s the quality of players more than anything that has seen his revival of form and desire to stay in Italy.

  • Alex

    Feb 17, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #21

    With all these good youngsters at the club it seems we have finally found some good scouts to discover and bring them to the club . This could mean no more useless massive money signings so as
    Instead we will now have young fit , skillful , ambitious players wanting to play for the Toon .
    Happy Days ahead 🙂

  • Nenad

    Feb 17, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #22

    I know what you mean Alex, but Kluivert was signed on a free transfer 🙂

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 17, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #23

    It is good to see youngsters showing a bit of promise at the club, but we shouldn’t get too carried away. Sorry to piss on people’s chips (or state the obvious) but not all of them turn out out be world-beaters. I can remember watching Shola play about 6 or 7 years ago – must admit I thought he’d turn out better than he did. Viana was also meant to be the next best thing and he just didn’t develop. Not forgetting N’Zogbia who just turned out to be a pain in the @rse.

    On a positive note, the more younguns we bring in now – the more potential we have in unearthing a diamond(s). So, very good progress – just keep ’em coming!

  • It Could Be Worse...We Could Be Spurs -DC-

    Feb 17, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #24

    shotgun theory

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 17, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #25

    ….indeed DC. I just hope this isn’t a fad. It does seem (from Llambias’s comments in the interviews) that it is part of the ‘5 year plan’ though, and would continue to be an important part of the NUFC structure. I know a lot don’t, but I believe him.

  • It Could Be Worse...We Could Be Spurs -DC-

    Feb 17, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Rod…i’ve always been quietly optimistic of the regime myself. lack of communication is an obvious failure but their efforts to stabilize the club and lay the groundwork for a successful future through a strong academy and youth team appears promising.

    let’s hope that come this summer one of these young ‘uns makes the step up and gets complimented with the purchase of a proven play maker.

  • Dan4Toon

    Feb 17, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Wow this has gone a bit dead, i noticed this site when it was last season transfer window, and am glued, thanks Ed :), in a few season hopefully it will b

    r.Taylor Bassong Colo Kadar
    Jonas Guthrie Vuckic Lualua
    Ranger Martins

    obv they will be new signings but if al them develop the way they are plus with ex players like martins,Jonas,Kadar,Taylor and even Guthrie .. but that’s a good team :), Have to give Ranger, Lualua and Kadar ( when hes back ) a chance because they deserve it with their performance in the reserves and u-18.

  • nufc1818

    Feb 18, 2009 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #28

    i think there has been trouble accessing the sight
    well i had trouble…
    tried a few time through out the day just worked now…

  • Brutooon

    Feb 18, 2009 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #29

    If we are safe from relegation this season, i would to see ranger,lua lua playing 15 mins from the end in every game..

  • Toon Down Under

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #30

    Now lets not get too excited lads. We have a few decent prospects at the academy at the moment, but I still feel that the Toon aren’t doing enough!

    How about some game time for these young stars, say the last 5 – 10 mintues of a match. Everton are doing that with mixed success, & our injury list is quite large!

    Secondly, why bother with Harper now, through in Krul & get him some experience!

    There some good ones coming through, but I still see clubs from Belgium, France & Holland scouting some good youngstars from all over the globe, for example who from Newcastle scouting paid attension to the South American U-20 tournament. There is some gold to be had on the cheap!!!

  • Partizan

    Feb 18, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #31

    This one is for Tom_Toon ONLY!!!

    TT…I must admit that i was suprised that you dont rate Diego Simeone,he could be perfect for the Argies in our team and a future magnet for more Argies to come to our club,or any South American.

    Read this mate

    On May 18, he became head coach of Estudiantes de La Plata and soon led them to their first League title in 23 years after defeating Boca Juniors 2-1 in a final match played December 13, 2006.

    In an October 2006 poll in the sports daily Ole, Simeone was voted as the best manager in the Argentine league.[4] He was also praised as a “born manager” by former Argentine international Roberto Perfumo.[5]

    Simeone left Estudiantes after the end of the 2007 Apertura, where Estudiantes was not a contender after a bad start, but finished with a round of nine games without losses.

    On December 15, 2007 Simeone was unveiled as the new River Plate coach, succeeding Daniel Passarella. The contract was reported to be a year long, starting on January 3 2008.[6]

    After an early elimination in the Copa Libertadores losing to San Lorenzo in the second round, Simeone and River Plate went on to win the 2008 Clausura championship after beating Olimpo 2-1 in the Monumental.[7]

    Maybe the fans wont like him after Beckham’s red card…..but he’s a manager of the future for me.One of the most inteligent young managers along with Uygun from Sivasspor.

  • lesh

    Feb 18, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #32

    A great prospect but knowing this club’s track record in sickening players and bearing in mind ‘we’re not a selling club’, it’ll not be long before other clubs start sniffing around him and he’ll be off, sickened by a £20pw offer!

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 18, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #33

    Seen Ranger at gateshead yesterday with his training gear on

  • MarkO

    Feb 18, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #34

    Good news finally our youngsters are really starting to look top draw

    This will hopefully be our team next season:





    Krul/Harper–Ranger–LuaLua–Carroll–Guthrie and a few more signings possibly starters or backup

    After a few years I am hopeing that 6 or 7 of our youngsters will be in the first team squad. However I would be happy if four made it through to first teamers with our track record

  • Partizan

    Feb 18, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #35

    I don’t think that Barton will be here next season.

  • zoggy

    Feb 18, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #36

    nor do i


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