Nile Ranger May Get His Chance On Sunday

We’ve already had some disappointing news on the injury front this morning, and we were surprised and disappointed that Andy Carroll is out of Sunday’s game, but maybe that will give a chance to our wonder kid  Nile Ranger.


Nile Ranger – will be a substitute for Sunday
With Carroll and maybe Owen missing the game on Sunday, fit again Shola Ameobi and 18 year-old England Under-19 youngster, Nile Ranger, will probably compete for a spot on the bench, but we would hope Nile makes the bench. Maybe both these lads will be subs, and certainly both are more than committed to the Newcastle club.

As well as Owen and Enrique being doubtful, and Carroll being out, and Habib Beye being very doubtful, we also have two players, Bassong and Barton, who will miss the game through suspension due to red cards.

There’s nothing like shooting yourself between the eyes is there?

So we will hardly have our best team out on Sunday in a critical game for this club, but Iain Dowie still believes the players who come in will do a good job.

Iain Dowie talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning and clarified the injury situation:

“Michael’s scan results are positive, so we’re hopeful,” he said. “But he’s yet to train and he’s not 100 per cent. It will go down to the wire, definitely.”

“We want him – he’s the club captain and he’s a born goalscorer. If we don’t have him, so be it. We can go in with Oba and Mark, who would have had a goal a piece on another day on Saturday.”

“Jose Enrique’s now back to full training but he’s still a little bit stiff. He gives us a different option but I think Damien Duff has been excellent there.”

If were to have a fairly tale ending to the season, it would be Nile Ranger coming on in the second half as a sub, and getting the goal that saves Newcastle from relegation.

Rise Sir Nile Ranger. 😀

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    May 20, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Doubt Big Al would take a big risk by playing Ranger

  • lesh

    May 20, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #2

    There’s no risk really for the last half hour is there?

    Considering he’s an unknown quantity as far as Villa’s concerned, his appearance could be an advantage to us.

  • Prince Bassong

    May 20, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Ranger is meant to be as quick if not quicker than Martins, and he’s 6 foot 2!

    If we are chasing a goal in the last 15-20 minutes or so against a tiring Villa side then he’s going to tear them to pieces.

  • Toon_Factor

    May 20, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Never seen him play before, but from all the hype sourrounding him, im fully expecting him to score 15-20 goals per season

  • Nick D

    May 20, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Newcastle playing a youngster – surely not !!!!About bloody time if he does. Ranger is a far better all round player with far better movement, skill, pace and anticipation than carroll. What have we got to lose? The last time we took a chance on a young player – Bassong, it came off very well.

  • Nick D

    May 20, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Those who say it’s a risk playing youngsters, well just who exactly has got us where we are now : Butt, Smith, geremi etc.

  • Whumpie

    May 20, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #7

    I’d be nervous of putting Nile on at such a crucial time. After all, how well would any of us have dealt with that kind of pressure at 19?

    But I’d rather try him than Shola, to be honest. Even though that lad’s come up with some great goals in crunch matches for us in the past.

    I’m not confident now. Not at all. Without Owen, Beye, Bassong, Enrique, Barton and Carroll, we’re not looking good.

  • simon376@work

    May 20, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Wouldnt be amazing if Ranger played for us and scored the inner or a goal to give us a draw and Macder (I know I’ve spelt his name wrong) does the winner for Man U. Did he score against villa for his fiest goal for them?

  • Nick 69

    May 20, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #9

    i dnt really think the pressure wud get to Ranger, most young kids seem to play without fear and and he seems to be quite confident in his own ability, and if im honest id rather bring him on than shola anyday of the week, afterall we dnt know wat we’re gonna get with Nile but we do with Shola and its NOT GOOD!!

  • Johno Toon

    May 20, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Stick him on the becnh , and if we need a goal stick him on

  • BT9MAG

    May 20, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Prince Bassong – where did you hear he is as fast if not faster than Martins…I’m a bit sceptical, ’cause theres fast and then theres absolutely rapid!

  • Whumpie

    May 20, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #12

    BT9Mag, Toon Factor and others – if you’ve got NUFC TV access, watch the highlights of the Reserves games. They’re more entertaining, we win most of the matches, and you can see that Ranger is stoopid quick.

    Whether he’d look as good up against seasoned Premiership defenders is another matter, though.

  • DJG

    May 20, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #13

    I would like to see him throw Ranger on for Viduka in the last 20mins.

    He has been labeled the ‘English Adabeyor’ by some!

    It would be the perfect end to a fairytail first season if he came on and grabbed one against their tiring denfense. From what i’ve seen of him he’s more than capable.

    Check out this one he scored for the reserves.

  • DJG

    May 20, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #14

    TBH Nile Ranger isn’t super fast but thats not his game. Is Adabeyor fast? Is Berbatov fast? Both strikers we would kill for to be in our team. Dnt get me wrong he is a hell of a lot quicker than Ameobi and Viduka ect.

    Regarding Martins, what i’ve seen of him this season, he seems slow compared to the likes of Ronaldo, Lennon and Walcott. I havent seen him beat a defender for pace yet.

  • lesh

    May 20, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #15

    C’mon Whumpie, how would a kid of 19 cope with such pressure? The same way as 17yr olds such as Macheda (the Man U kid), Rooney and Owen did I suppose.

    A lad of his is age is likely to more cavalier than teh older ones and what’s there to lose in the last 20 minutes or so!

  • Johno Toon

    May 20, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #16

    If he is good enough he is old enough

  • serene0380

    May 20, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #17

    C’mon fans

    Be positive! We must support Newcastle team, we must be positive and confident.

    I will be saying my prayer in Singapore so do you.

  • Prince Bassong

    May 20, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Re: Ranger – There was a piece in the paper a while back where one of the players or staff said that it’d be a close run footrace between the two of them.

  • Nobby_Long

    May 20, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #19

    I’ve seen Ranger play – he could be the complete forward if he continues to progress, but he isn’t lightning quick.

    tbh don’t really think Martins is as quick as he’s cracked up to be

  • korn8

    May 20, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #20

    have never watched a game with Nile Ranger, just reads reports about him lately.

    What is his strenghts??? i hope he have some, we really need goals against Villa…

  • Tom_Toon

    May 20, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #21

    He is 18 not 19.

  • Nick 69

    May 20, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Oba is super fast without the ball at his feet, he runs the 100m in under 11 seconds, but having the ball at his feet seems to slow him down where as it doesnt seem to slow the likes of ronaldo, lennon and walcott down. Ive never seen Ranger much so cant really comment on how fast he is

  • sohica17

    May 20, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #23

    on the relegation vital match?
    well, he can’t be worse than others..

  • marshy

    May 20, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #24

    I have seen ranger play once against man. city reserves and to be honest I wasn’t impressed,carrol had a better game and scored a good goal.but that was only one game.if ameobi plays I will be gutted as he is rubbish and it will mwan we are playing with ten and a quarter men.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 20, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #25


  • jim

    May 20, 2009 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Peter Lovenkrands commented earlier in the season that he thought he was fast until he met Nile Ranger-he said him and martins were the only 2 quicker than him at the club

  • Tom_Toon

    May 21, 2009 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #27


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