Nile Ranger will in all likelihood start as striker tonight against Leicester, but the 18 year-old must be given sufficient support up front.
Nile Ranger – second successive start tonight?
Ranger seemed to struggle in the first half last Wednesday against Huddersfield, until Ameobi was introduced at half-time to partner him and give him some physical support up front.
We expect Nile to be paired with Kevin Nolan, who will need to push up to support Nile, and hopefully manage his 3rd successive goal in as many games.
Chris Hughton is realistic enough to know that questions remain about the Londoner playing on his own up front:
“I think that’s one to find out,” “What we have is a young man who has deserved the opportunity to be included in the first-team squad. He warranted his inclusion on Wednesday night.”
“I thought it was a wonderful experience for him. There were periods when he showed his quality, and also times when you could see he was up against two hardened Football League centre-halves, who gave him quite a tough time.”
“He’ll learn by his experiences and as time goes on we’ll learn more about him.”
And while Ranger may be Newcastle’s most experienced available forward – 17-year-old Slovenian Haris Vuckic made his debut from the bench on Wednesday night and this lad is a good attacking goal-scoring central midfielder, who many predict will have a great future in the game, hopefully on Tyneside.
We have so many of central midfileders, that we expect Nicky Butt or Joey Barton could be moved out before the transfer window closes tomorrow night.
But this injury situation has also shown we are short of experienced strikers, and hopefully we will sign at least one in the next 30 hours.
We’re holding our breath of course to see what surprises Mike Ashley has for us tomorrow – and we just hope it’s not that he brings nobody in at all. 🙁