As many fans had hoped, Nile Ranger has come through big time this season, and already has 12 appearances for the senior side with 6 starts.
Nile Ranger – a star in the making?
But of course it’s always hard to predict how these youngsters will fare as they mature.
You just have to look at Michael Chopra, who looked a winner until he was around 20 years old, but never made that final step into a top player in the Premier League. Although Michael is a top player in the Championship, with 12 goals so far this season.
So there will always be doubts about just how far a youngster can go.
Chris Hughton talked today about the renewed competition for the striker positions at the club, and specifically mentioned Nile:
“We have some real competition up-front now, with Marlon Harewood and Peter Lovenkrands coming in as well as Andy Carroll and, once he recovers from injury, Shola Ameobi.”
“I made the decision to start with Marlon and Peter at the weekend in order to freshen things up but Nile has been terrific since coming into the side. “
“He really has done well and we know that there are goals to come from him.” ” He has been unlucky on two or three occasions but what’s pleasing is that he has contributed so much to the team even without scoring.”
Ranger is currently in Slovenia with the England under-19 squad, and we expect him to be a starter for England, before heading back to Newcastle next week.
And Kevin Nolan, who seems to have taken it on himself to help the youngsters at Newcastle with his experience, has only good things to say about the 18 year-old Londoner.
“Nile has been terrific,” “He and our other strikers must take a lot of the credit for my goals in giving me space to run into.”
“The great thing about this team is goals can come from anywhere. The likes of Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor are already off the mark and I’m sure for Nile, once he gets one they’ll start flooding in.”
The famous number 9 Newcastle shirt is available right now, and we shouldn’t give it to anybody until we see just how good this lad can become.
But going on the short14 months Nile has been on Tyneside, this lad looks like he can go to the top – the very top.