Nile Ranger was signed by Newcastle from Southampton in the summer, and is enjoying a very successful first season at the club, having just won the “Wor Jackie” award, given to the most outstanding youngster, after scoring 21 goals so far this season.
Nile Ranger – big success in first season
The 17-year-old youngster was almost unnoticed when he was on the Newcastle bench for the game against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, August 30th, in what would become Kevin Keegan’s last game in charge.
The following Monday was when all hell was let loose at the club, and Kevin finally left the club the following Friday.
Nile already stands 6ft 2in tall, and is likely still growing, and the lad has already showed just what he can do in the Under-18s side with 14 goals, and in the Reserves side with 7 goals.
It was likely he would have been given a game in the first team this season, but with relegation worries, it’s hardly appropriate to have an inexperienced youngster in the side right now.
However, if we can claw our way to safety before the end of the season, don’t be surprised if Joe Kinnear gives him his debut in the first team, before the season ends.
The Newcastle Evening Chronicle has today interviewed the youngster, and this is what Nile said:
“I am absolutely loving it up here.” “I didn’t expect to score this many, but I’m glad that I have.”
“The team is on a roll at the moment and long may it continue.” “The lads have all worked hard and we’re second in the reserve league.”
“That’s really good for the lads and good for the club generally.” “The coaching staff have done a good job, we have the momentum and everything is really good.”
“I will just keep my feet on the ground and work hard. That’s all I can do.”
It seems that Nile didn’t know too much about the great Jackie Milburn, before he won the award, which is not really surprising for the London-born youngster, who will turn 18 years old in April.
Ranger is definitely one for the future, but he may be pushing for a first team squad position faster than most people realize, having done brilliantly in his first season on Tyneside.
And having recently won the Wor Jackie award, we’re pleased to say that he now knows a lot more about the great history of the Newcastle United club, as he continued:
“I was delighted to win the Wor Jackie award.” “I’ll be honest, I didn’t know much about Jackie Milburn before the award.”
“But Jimmy Nelson at the Academy told me all about it and I have been studying the history of the club.”
“I have read a few things and I know that he is such a legend and there is such a massive history to this club.”
“It is a real honor for me to win it, especially in my first season.”
We can be sure that Nile knows all about Jackie Milburn now, and he may follow in the footsteps of Jackie and a certain Alan Shearer, who between them scored 406 goals for the Tyneside club. 😀
All Nile Ranger needs to do is keep his head down, take notice of what coach Richard Money tells him, work hard, and his chance will come at Newcastle United. It’s really that easy, because this lad seems to be blessed with considerable talent.
The lad is already an exciting prospect at the Newcastle club, who has certainly caught the imagination of Newcastle fans everywhere.