As we reported yesterday Nile Ranger’s introduction after an hour in Saturday tilted the game in Newcastle’s favor.
Nile Ranger – in action on Saturday
There’s no doubt the 18 year-old can be a great impact sub – and he has shown that more than once this season.
In fact against Blackpool their manager Ian Holloway thanked Hughton for not bringing on Ranger until the 83rd minute in that game, since he doubted whther his team could have survived if the youngster had been brought on any earlier.
Nile caused complete havoc in Blackpool’s defense at the end of that game, with his physical presence and tremendous heading ability.
And right at the end of that game, Nile’s goal-bound header was hooked off the line by Stephen Crainey.
And it’s not just the Geordie faithful who have come to appreciate the Londoner’s enthusiastic young talent, as Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has told Newcastle United TV today:
“Nile’s enthusiasm certainly lifted the team and the crowd on Saturday,” “We were, of course, trailing one-nil at the time, but he gave us a lift and it was a turning point in many ways.”
“He’s a young lad who gives everything and causes problems for opposition defenses.” “He wants to start games but we have to be careful and decide how best to get what we want from him.”
“But he’s certainly done his cause the world of good. He just needs to keep working hard now because there are areas of his game he needs to work on and he knows that.”
Surely Nile has earned a starting position in place of Marlon Harewood at Sheffield next Monday night, since Marlon has been less than impressive recently.
We cannot just play loan players, when they are not performing, and when we have players already at the club who can do better.
Nile should start next Monday and the raw talent of both Ranger and Carroll will be hard for the Blades’ defense to hold.