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.
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this week, Chris could also start with either Carroll or Ranger up front and use the experienced Kevin Nolan as a withdrawn striker, which is a role the Liverpudlian has played well this season.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.