Young Nile Ranger The Difference Saturday

Newcastle players desire to win on Saturday seems to have captured all 3 points for the club.

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Nile Ranger – tunred the game in Magpie’s favor

Even before the game started we lost Simpson and Coloccini to injury – and that wasn’t good news at all, after we had been looking forward to the Argentine returning to the fray, after missing 4 successive games – now 5.

To finally get all 3 points, after going a goal down in the first half,  was a good result, even if the performance was again patchy.

Newcastle are missing far too many easy chances in these games, and
Jonás Gutiérrez and Andy Carroll missed simple chances in each half – and of course Jonas still has to score his first goal for the club.

It took 18 year-old Nile Ranger’s introduction for the again completely ineffective Marlon Harewood to change the game, and Nile was an immediate threat, and surely will start against Sheffield United.

We had Nile in our starting eleven, and Marlon will need to wake up, if he is to be given more chances in the starting side, in front of this lad.

We’d rather go with Nile, who epitomized the new spirit that is Newcastle this season, and the crowd are quickly warming to the London lad, because of his exciting play and all-out effort for the team.

When Alan Shearer joined in April,  he immediately spotted this lad as a future star, and promoted him to the first team squad , and Alan will know a good striker when he sees one.

Kevin Nolan, who again rescued Newcastle with his 8th goal of the season, after 92 minutes,   was pleased Newcastle finally ended up with all 3 points:

“We’ve gone through a bit of a sticky patch, and the lads have shown character.”

“We should have come away from Scunthorpe with at least a point. We didn’t, so we had to put it right.”

The win, however, came at a cost, with Zurab Khizanishvili facing a three-match ban after he was dismissed for supposedly fighting with Billy Sharp.

If Steven Taylor and Colloccini are going to be out for any length of  time, surely we need to bring in another center-back before we lose even more points.

We’ve lost 10 points in our last 5 games, but are still top of the league, as it turns out.

Bit a win is a win, and this will give the lads confidence, and will prove that they can indeed get promotion in May with just a little bit of the required luck – we had that on Saturday – for sure. 😀

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 26, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    2 defenders a playmaker in midfield & a goalscorer that’s all we need. Can’t see us getting them with Fat Tw*t still in charge

  • AlanSmith.

    Oct 26, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    its not the fact ashley is rubbish at running a football club.. most of us would be rubbish at it..

    its the fact now that ashley could hire a good manager then put in say an extra 20 mil in [in jan] and an extra 20 mil in the summer and we could be back fighting for a top 6 or 8 place next season in the prem

    for me.. that would make business sense.. spending 40 mil once to get about 40mil back a season [30 mil tv revenue + prize money from league finish] – therefore making your money back in a year.. and the club would be where it belongs in the top half of the premiership.

    mike ashley not only has a clue about running a football club.. but he also doesnt seem to make any sense in business decisions. and in all likelyhood the longer he is owner of this club.. the more chance we have of administration. and that is why he MUST leave..

  • AlanSmith.

    Oct 26, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    on top of that 40 million a season the gate receipts in the prem would be higher which would cover the lower wage bill the club now has.

  • premier

    Oct 26, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Rather donate the money to Wise that an entertaining team for fans!!

  • Johno Toon

    Oct 26, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Alansmith I dunno where you get off but that sounds like too much common sense for ashley so please keep your comments to yourself as it would only confuss the poor man 🙂

    I dont understand why he doesnt sell part of the club now , invest the moeny in the club and then sell when we are back in the premiership

  • Whumpie

    Oct 26, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Johno – spot on. There must be some legal or practical blocker, ‘cos it looks so damned obvious to me.

    But then so does “take the bleedin’ offer you fat idiot”, but Moat’s still on the outside…

  • Whumpie

    Oct 26, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Anyway – Nile. Yep, get him on from the start, for Chrissakes. Surely CH won’t risk starting Harewood again…?

  • Mags

    Oct 26, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #8

    I agree Ed, the difference when young Nile came on the pitch was immediate and immense. It was like someone through a light switch in a darkened room.

    The kid showed Harewood how a centre forward SHOULD play, he was involved immediately, his ability to hold up the ball is brilliant (reminds me of big Al) and then he lays the ball off to his team mates. His reading of the game is tremendous for such a young kid and I do not think this can be taught, you either have it or you don’t – Nile has it in spadefulls.

    All of a sudden Jonas, Jose and Andy were galvanised and the play improved dramatically.

  • Robbanufc

    Oct 26, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Alansmith, as much as I would love for either Ashley to gtfo, or invest to have us in the top flight fighting for europe… I genuinly dont think 40m would be enough to do that.

    To do that you would have to look at our squad, and we dont have many players who would be good enough to help fight for europe.

    Goalkeepers: Harper, Krul, Forster, Söderberg

    Right Back: Danny (Loan), Raylor,

    Centre back: Coloccini, Saylor, Tozer, Kadar,

    Left Back: Enrique

    Right Midfield: Guthrie, Lualua

    CM: Smith, Nolan, Barton, Butt

    Left Midfield: Jonas

    Strikers: Andy carroll, Shola Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Løvenkrands,

    That’s basically the team we have. Danny is on loan, but I would think he’s one we’ll buy in january.. at least I hope so.

    Who do you think would be good enough to help fight for europe in this squad? and for £40m, who would be good enough to help us on the road? Who would join us? keep it a bit realistic! :p

  • AlanSmith.

    Oct 27, 2009 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #10

    robbanufc.. sorry for late reply.. been out since i last posted and only just got in.. i think we would need too strengthen the following positions.


    proposed transfers.

    RB – D. Simpson – £2.5 mil
    LB – Nicky Shorey – £4 mil
    CB – Curtis Davies?? – £3 – 6 mil
    LM – Chris Brunt – £3 – 5 mil
    ST – Frazier Campbell – £3 – 7 mil

    plus then possible loanees

    GK – B. Foster?

    and strenghtening the youth team.. which dare i say is one good thing mike ashley has done for us. the youth and reserve system is the best it has been for years!..

    youth players such as vuckic.. lualua.. donaldson.. tozer.. could then complement the first team squad.. in a way like jordan hines does for west ham..

    also i think hines has a bright future ahead of him.. maybe worth trying to sign him and giving him a cup run in the first team..

    robba tell me what you think..

  • AlanSmith.

    Oct 27, 2009 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #11

    and anyone else for that matter…

    all the transfers could be bought for around 30 mil.. leaving 10 mil for youth academy or maybe another couple of players.. that the manager see’s fit..

    im sick and tired of seeing 10-20 mil signings arriving at our door for huge paychecks.. then being useless [coughcoughOWEN, LUQUEcoughcough] signings for 7 mil or less would do the job just as well..

    ive always been a believer that even if you have 1% ability if you give 100% effort you will be better than a player that has 100% ability and gives 1% effort.. it sounds obvious but we need to pack out our squad with young, hungry players with talent.. something that i do think mikecashley has done for us.. and i think we may actually thank him for it one day.


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