We really like Alan Shearer’s view of the youngsters – if your good enough – you’re old enough.
Nile Ranger – turned 18 last Saturday
That should really brighten the outlook for a lot of our young guns at the club, and it could well mean a first debut this season for Nile Ranger, who tuned 18 years old last Saturday.
Shearer was asked about young striking sensation Nile Ranger who has 22 goals at the club this season and he told the Evening Chronicle:
“If you’re good enough – it doesn’t matter what age you are.” “If he can add something to the team, I would have no fear about putting him on.”
“I said to all the guys in the reserves, ‘how you play and how you train will determine to me whether you have a part to play trying to help Newcastle United’.”
“I’ve seen a response from all of them, including Nile Ranger and Andy Carroll.” “The response was great last Monday, as it has been in training.”
“I said to Andy and Nile that they both have big roles to play here at this football club for the remaining games of the season.” “I told them to out and show me what they had in the reserves.”
“Both of them have done that and that’s why they were in the squad for Stoke and on the bench.” “If they keep on producing results then you never know – they might get starts in games.”
That’s great to hear from Shearer and we do think that Ranger will make his first debut some time before the end of the season, and that would cap off a tremendous start for the youngster at Newcastle. It will also be good news for Youth Academy Director Richard Money too, as he works so hard bringing through some top young players, who will be the future of this club.
Add to that the fact that Nile seems to love everything there is about Newcastle United, and we’ve picked up a real pearl from Southampton last summer. It’s always good to talk about our youngsters because it’s the one very positive thing about Newcastle right now.