Nile Ranger Now Part Of First Team Squad – Shearer

It hasn’t taken Alan Shearer long to realize that our 18 year-old youngster Nile Ranger, may be a special player already at the Newcastle club.


Nile Ranger – signing contract earlier this week

Alan talked to the official Newcastle site about the young striker, who just turned 18 years old last Saturday, and signed a new three and a half year contract earlier in the week.

Alan said:

“From what I’ve seen he is an exciting talent,” “He’s a bit raw at times.” “But, if we can coach him and point him in the right direction, then I think he’s got a big future.”

“He will be a part of my plans this season and will be training with us on a full-time basis now.” “I’ve told him and the likes of Andy Carroll that it’s up to them to force their way into the first-team.”

“But, although I’ve only worked with Nile for two weeks, I can see that he’s got great potential.”

Well we suppose if anybody can recognize a good striker when he sees one it, has to be Alan and with youngsters like Carroll and Ranger, we could have the future two strikers at the club, already in place.

We expect Nile to make his first team debut before the end of the season, and Newcastle fans will certainly want to take a look at him at St. James’ Park.

Looks like the Newcastle youth policy, first put in place by Mike Ashley a year last January, has made huge strides this season, about the only area of the club that has.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Whumpie

    Apr 16, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Two differences between NUFC and Leeds United a few years back:

    1. Solvent
    2. Decent reserves

    With Martins out, we may see this kid as early as Sunday…

  • blip

    Apr 16, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Some decent reserves, yeah. Carroll and Ranger certainly look promising. Edgar, Krul and Lua Lua too. Not sure it’s quite enough to build a team around though, should the dreaded R-word happen. Most of the defence will be off, with perhaps only Taylor staying (someone’ll come in for Bassong in the summer). Plus, of course, the wages of our midfield are crippling so they’ll all be off too. Upfront and in goal is all sorted though.

    The other advantage is we own St James’ while Leeds were elasing their ground at the time.

    I’m praying we don’t go down but if we do then hopefully there’s enough in place to avoid catastrophe.

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 16, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Whumpie I agree, although there will always be comparisons made, we do seem to have a better back up plan than leeds did…Plus, providing he stays in the Summer, we have (in Dowie) the inventor of bouncebackability

  • Ross

    Apr 16, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #4

    is that a dollar sign tattooed on young Nile’s hand?..ridiculous! am i right in saying he also has a gold tooth? who is he, lil john?
    Im glad Shearer has seen something in him though, seems to have confidence in youth which is always a positive!, i’m sure Shearer telling them outright that he’s noticed the two of them and thinks they have some part to play in our survival challenge will only help in terms of their determination also.

  • blip

    Apr 16, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Make that Steven Taylor (though I wouldn’t be surprised if Ryan stayed too) and Leeds leasing their ground.


    Apr 16, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Predictions on the spurs game spurs 1-2 nufc

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 16, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #7

    is that a dollar sign tattooed on young Nile’s hand?..ridiculous! am i right in saying he also has a gold tooth? who is he, lil john?

    who cares as long as he turns out to be a good player

  • blip

    Apr 16, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Suffice to say, if Nile gets on he will run his socks off. Just what we need!

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 16, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #9

    blip, theres a few unsung heros in there aswell James Travenier is supposed to be a real talent and Mark Doninger is top scorer for the reserves this season!

  • Ross

    Apr 16, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #10

    beye-i wasnt saying i had a problem with it, just found it quite funny for someone his age!

    As far as the reserves go, we seem to have alot of promising youngsters.

    Carroll-scored a few good goals for us, banging them in for the reserves. Looks strong in the air and on the ball, and stands at well over 6ft.

    Ranger-doesnt need much of an introduction on here. Been scoring them for fun in the youths/reserves and looks a talent in front of goal, again standing at over 6 ft should hopefully be strong on the ball.

    Vukic-not seen on heard much of him other than he came on in his debut and nicked the winner with a good long range effort. From what has been said he’s an intelligent, skillful midfielder. am i right in saying he’s also a big lad at over 6 ft?

    Add to that Doninger, Godsmark, Kadar, Danaquah, Baheng, Donaldson, Krul, Kazenga, Tavernier etc and we by the looks of things have a strong and promising youth system, should all fulfil their potential

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 16, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #11

    fair enough ross

  • Dragonera

    Apr 16, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Really happy to see a young London lad representing the Toon.

  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 16, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Blip: We don’t own SJP. We lease it from the council.

  • chuck

    Apr 16, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Get real folks a bunch of kids gonna save the team.
    It`s obvious we are going down and it`s tough to bounce back, unless money is spent.
    If by a miracle we survive, it will be easier to attract players to the club, but once a club goes down it`s tough doing it with a fraction of the revenue.
    It`s a question of spending money in order to make money, something I believe Ashley realises now.
    It`s going to take a lot of spending to get this team to where it will be competative in the PL again.
    Neither Shearer or our prospects are going to acomplish that.

  • Mikeflame

    Apr 16, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Shows exactly why JfK aint right for our post…god knows where we would be now if the likes of Ranger, Lualua, Carroll etc were givin a proper run out. But week in week out he was saying the kids were for the future…in comes Shearer and these young hungry kids get a chance to make an impression! So far very very impressed with Shearer, big boots to fill and hes doing it well

  • Doocey

    Apr 16, 2009 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #16

    State of the hand on Ranger.
    I don’t really care if he turns out to a great striker 🙂

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 16, 2009 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #17


    Kinnear the dinosaur would never think of this, although it is obvious.

    If Kinnear comes back I will actually, probably cry for about a week.

  • stk85

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #18

    was at the reserves last week and thought tavernier played well. ranger, carroll and vuckic stood out too. on top of that, we have spear and adjei to come through.

  • stk85

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #19

    plus krul, kadar and lualua

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m still bemused to why reserves like Donaldson haven’t got a new contract yet. His runs out at the end of the season.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #21

    if we SURVIVE, lets play him more next season.

    who need:
    smith (2 years without a goal?)

    viduka (injured prone but importantly OLD)

    owen (overpaid, manage to shot to goal ONCE every 3 matches, flop of the decade)

    ameobi (Useless, never improve and will always play no matter how worst his performances)

  • PaceOba

    Apr 17, 2009 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #22

    What the great talented player for youngster like him. Credit to our club that improved his contract. Even he not remain at our club, he will transfer to other club in a high value. Should give him more chances in first team game to improve his experience like Carrol. Hey, this lad can make a powerful shot at any edge you know!

  • lesh

    Apr 17, 2009 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #23

    Re Isaac Hunt // Apr 16, 2009 at 6:23 PM and

    Blip: We don’t own SJP. We lease it from the council.

    As far as I know, the club owns the stadium but leases the land that it’s built on from the Freemen of Newcastle who own the Moor, Leazes Park and other tracts in the City.

    Here to be corrected if I’m wrong though

  • Ericles

    Apr 17, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #24

    I think Lesh is right. It may be that the Town Moor, Leazes Park and the land of St James Park are covered by some ancient land rights that even Ashley cannot wriggle round. Worth finding out the truth. That is why I think the city council stood against what was done to KK – they knew they were on firm ground so to speak!

  • Davies

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #25

    I thought Lualua was out on loan???


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