Nile Ranger Likely to Get Third Start In A Row At Cardiff

We expect our 18 year old striker Nile Ranger to be given his 3rd start on the trot this Sunday at Cardiff, and it will be another chance for Nile to show us just how good he can become.

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Nile Ranger – looking better with every game

The youngster seemingly is taking all this in his stride, and looked good in the England U19 win over Russia in mid-week, when he scored yet another international goal, in a game which saw local youngster 18 year old Ryan Donaldson get his first cap at U19 level.

Nile has still to score his first senior goal for the club, and we have to hope that will come on Sunday.

We’re not sure of Chris Hughton will start youngsters Carroll and Ranger up front together, to have a similar pairing as he started out the season with – when he played local lads Ameobi and Carroll together, and Shola looked unstoppable with 5 goals, before he picked up his foot injury in the 4-3 win over Huddersfield in the Carling Cup.

With no ne striker signing this week, Chris could also start with either Carroll or Ranger up front and use the experienced Kevin Nolan as a withdrawn striker, which is a role the Liverpudlian has played well this season.

One thing we like about Chris this season is that he’s not scared to give the youngsters their head,  and he’s been rewarded with some good performances, especially from Ranger in the second half against Leicester City, when the TV commentators seemed to think he was the best thing they’ve seen since sliced bread.

And Hughton seems confident of the young Londoner, following the 18 year-olds progression from back-up player to first-team striker in the last few weeks:

Chris said recently:

“Ranger kept coming and coming again in his last game, even as the lone man. He really fancies it.”

“I think he will get better with experience. He is certainly a first-team squad member now.”

We’ll have to see what striker option Chris plumps for on Sunday at Cardiff (KO 2:05 pm), but this is a game we have to win, if we are to keep our win streak alive, and get as many points on the board as we possibly can before Christmas.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • dave 1961

    Sep 11, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    i see many fine years ahead for ranger & think in time he could push shearer’s 206 goal haul

  • spiderpig

    Sep 11, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2

    if your good enough your old enough.and this boy deserves a chance.the only people who say you cant play young uns are old players who are worried about their place and crap managers who are too scared to drop experienced established stars on big contracts.against cardiff away i would be happy with a draw and ecstatic with a win.when we go 2 up against the lesser teams i would be playing our attacking kids like vuckic and ferguson at every will push the senior pros to try harder.

  • belfast toon

    Sep 11, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    First time making a team here goes

    R Taylor-Barton-Nolan-loven

    Pack the midfield use McLovens pace R Taylor crossing from the right Barton and Nolan pushing on. 1.3 to the toon


    Sep 11, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    dave, the lad hasnt even scored his first senior goal and your already building him up!

    give the lad a chance.

    to be honest, the less said about ranger the better

  • dave 1961

    Sep 11, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    the only thing with ranger he seems to have a self destruct button, so many of these young black lads just don’t seem to have the confidence, caused by 200 years of racism, a lot of young black kids grow up with a chip on their shoulders because of it. young Nile ranger started down this path, but has now seen to turn the corner, hopefully hes about to see that racism only exists, in low uneducated thugs, and its now, only these, that have an on going problem of color. and one day the world will be at his feet, and for any one feeling sorry for themselves, here’s a lad that wrenched victory from the jaws that were defeat, by his courage and hard work.

  • lesh

    Sep 11, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Good post @5 dave

  • Davies

    Sep 11, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Patronising post Dave.

    Who knows, maybe one day even America could have a black president……

  • Solaidback

    Sep 11, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    dave 1961 // Sep 11, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    i see many fine years ahead for ranger & think in time he could push shearer’s 206 goal haul
    Are you a tarot reader or summit Dave, give the lad a chance to get his feet under the 1st team table before you start to plurdit his abilities as a striker.. I hope he does well & that he scores loads of goals for us & if as yer say he’ll brake AS record along the way, then all well & good!!

    I’d put Ranger & Carroll up front against Cardiff, we need Nolan in MF, to stop the Chop from getting anything from there & Stevie Tayls should chop him down the first chance he gets, so that he knows what he will get if he comes anywhere near the goal.. lol

    I predict a 1-2 to us.. howay the lads 🙂

  • ArtyH

    Sep 11, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Lets face it Chris has not been blessed with a lot of choice, he has played what he has. I think that as Nile has taken his chance and done well it is great and long may it continue. However it does not change the dire lack of squad depth…. which has been talked about for months/years.
    If the youngsters Carrol ans Ranger were NOT available, who would play?
    Just MHO but I think Chris is just playing the hand he has been dealt and has been very lucky so far, I just hope it continues.
    I was speaking to a mate who is a mackum fan, and he said when the great unwashed got promotion they lost about 12 games and still finished champions, however he also said there were very few draws. So it leaves a lot of leeway for use this year. Come on the lads.

  • Kevin Nichol

    Sep 11, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #10

    @ Belfast Toon??????

    Are you forgetting about Danny guthries’s match winning strike against Leicester?

    There has got to be a place in the starting line up for guthrie; our best ball playing midfielder by a mile!

  • Bill F

    Sep 11, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #11

    I agree with comment 2 (spiderpig), I have repeatedly said if they are good enough then they are old enough.
    Comment 4 (DJM-Toon) remember Bassong, lets try and keep him out of the limelight although it’ll be hard to do if he keeps playing well.
    Comment 7 (Davies) a lot of black kids are 3rd 4th (or more) generation and and yes there may still be some prejudice but unless you are a BNP supporter its less obvious now. I have several black friends (older generation) and they don’t seem to lack confidence to me.
    LOL at your Obama comment but I have to say he wouldn’t have been elected without the backing of some very powerful white guys. I would suggest you wait and see if you are expecting a brave new world from him.
    And comment 10 (Kevin Nichol) I think he is currently our 2nd best player after Smithy, and ditto the ranger/Bassong comment.
    Phew said a bit more and got a bit more political than intended. Plus I aint black so I havn’t walked the racist walk, but I see the ex Carribean blacks as being a lot more British than some of our more recent incomers and even in some case more British than some of the indigenous residents. I v’e finshed now. 🙂

  • premier

    Sep 11, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #12

    yep good enough if old enough–or good enough if nobody else to play!!

  • chuck

    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Dave 1961,
    unacceptably patronizing !
    As far as Nile Ranger is concerned as a player, the old addage comes to mind “not the finished article”.
    Actually he`s still young , but is a definate prospect.
    Needs to bulk up, build upper body strength, gets pushed off the ball to easy, but it wont hurt to give him some time, though dont think he is a starter.

  • Bill F

    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #14

    See that this is a near enough a dead thread already, pity I’d put quite a bit of thought into my comments, oh well back to real life!!

  • Whumpie

    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #15

    belfast toon – like that line-up, but I’d make one switch:

    Guthrie on for Barton.
    Barton in a skip outside.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Dave – I don’t think your post about racism is patronising, but neither do I go with the stuff about chips on shoulders and years of racism.

    The reason black kids in this country are far more likely to go down the wrong path is not the past – it’s the present culture, which is a pathetic pastiche of American gang culture, where too many boys aspire to be losers with bling, guns and reputations.

    The ultimate proof is the equivalent stats for black women in this country, who consistently do better than their white counterparts – despite often carrying their useless boyfriends.

    Ranger is doing great despite all of this, and I think it takes a lot of guts to turn things around at his age. Let’s hope he ends up as a Sir Les copy, not a Black Barton.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Bill F – your comments weren’t wasted! Good points, I thought.

  • Bill F

    Sep 11, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Cheers Whumpie, I do feel I am talking to the wall at times. 🙂

  • dave 1961

    Sep 11, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #19

    i worked away when i was younger so i new a lot of black lads, lot of them had a chip on there shoulder, & seeing how they were treat, was an eye opener, i was the only white worker that would eat there lunch with a black worker, for this some white’s shunned me, i found with most black it was an absence of self confidence, although not the same as ranger. when i stood up to the thugs and they bottled out, the black lads followed suit and it ended a much better place to work, when i moved back to north east, it was a black lad & a friend that took my place, that’s how i know that with most black kids its there own lack of confidence that holds them back, and if i grew up being likened to monkey intellectually i could have ended the same way.


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