It’s Really An Exciting Time For Nile Ranger


Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has praised 18 year-old teenage striker Nile Ranger for the second-half display which turned the game for Newcastle against Plymouth Argyle.

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Nile Ranger – great in last 30 minutes on Saturday

With the score at 1-1, just over half an hour left,  and things not looking too good for the Magpies, Ranger was brought on.

And the youngster was involved in both goals, which ultimately gave Newcastle all  3 points after Plymouth had come right back into the game,  after going 1-0 down after just 8 minutes.

And as we mentioned earlier this morning, Ranger is fast improving with every outing, and boss Hughton told nufcTV today:

“Nile is a young player but he is certainly able to influence a game.”

“The question is: is he better influencing a game by starting or by coming on?”

“They are the things that we are learning and he’s certainly getting better each game that he plays.

“It’s an exciting time for him but he needs to keep on improving game by game.

“But I thought he did very well on Saturday and played a part in getting us the win.”

We hope to see Nile start tomorrow night at  Peterborough, but as our readers have pointed out in an earlier article,  Zurab Khizanishvili  cannot play, as he is already cup-tied with Blackburn Rovers.

Note – don’t forget to vote for Newcastle’s best player on Saturday on our home page, – we’ll announce the results later today.

Comments welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • lesh

    Sep 21, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    It might be a good time for the club to tie Nile and the other promising younguns down on a better contract – before they’re tempted away!

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  • frogeordie

    Sep 21, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    No no – Ranger and Carol are our best pairing up front. Not to be wasted on a worthless cup game. They are too important to us – keep them for the league! They should be starting at Ipswitch instead of Hughton’s dismal 4-5-1

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  • waddler

    Sep 21, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    This boy along with Caroll are going to be our main pairing for years to come, if they keep their feet on the ground.

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  • summerof69

    Sep 21, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    is sir bobbys memorial on tele

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 21, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #5

    I think were in danger of putting too much pressure on Ranger.

    He’s getting a lot of attention and I reckon we need to cool it with him and let him develop in his own time.

    Of course this won’t happen but I think he needs protecting.

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  • coopertoon

    Sep 21, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    yes as far as i no its on skysports news i dont mind who he plays on tues as long as its 4-4-2 next weekend carrol & ranger

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  • HalftimeBovril

    Sep 21, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7

    @ summerof69

    Think the bbc news channel are covering it too

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  • summerof69

    Sep 21, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    I think were in danger of putting too much pressure on Ranger.

    He’s getting a lot of attention and I reckon we need to cool it with him and let him develop in his own time.

    Of course this won’t happen but I think he needs protecting.

    good point stuart he is young and will no doubt go through periods of inconsistancy where we start to question whether he realy is as good as we think now but when that happens we need tobe patient with him and thenhe should be fine at 18 he is no where near the finished article and he wont get in to his prime for 10 years

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  • summerof69

    Sep 21, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    thanks cooper thanks boveril

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  • sahota

    Sep 21, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Don’t play ranger and few other in cup tie….We are having a small squad and we should save people for key championship matches. PLEAS PLEASE rest as many possible from first team. Guys like Loven should be given start and a chance to test their fitness.

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  • lesh

    Sep 21, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Sahota @10…… and, if we get him, play Harewood along with McLoven ?

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  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Sep 21, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    I can’t remember the last time I saw a kid with so much potential, and he plays for us!

    I’m very proud that we’re at last beginning to see some kids come through the ranks into the first team, although we got Ranger just a year ago..

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  • Shah

    Sep 22, 2009 at 4:56 AM

    Comment #13

    I wish people would shut up about protecting the youngs players, players like robhino, c.ronaldo and even michael owen were all scoring goals when they were just 17 at the highest level.

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