It seems that Bobby Moncur is a great admirer of our young and improving strike force of 20 year-old local lad Andy Carroll and 18 year-old London lad Nile Ranger, who are both current England Youth Internationals.
Bobby Moncur – likes the look of the youngsters
Former Newcastle captain Bobby Moncur talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“I think that Ranger and Carroll could well be the future for Newcastle in the striking department.”
“You only had to see the ovation that Ranger got when he came off the bench against Doncaster to see exactly what the fans think of him.” (and he changed the game in Newcastle’s favor too)
“Make no doubts, he still has a long way to go and is still learning his trade and the same can be said of Carroll to some degree even though he continues to make huge strides ahead each week.”
“But there is certainly a lot of ability to work with for Chris Hughton.” “It would be great to see that partnership start at Sheffield United but we’ll see what happens.”
On-loan Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood has been disappointing to say the least at Newcastle, after a promising start, but he still has time to make an impact on Tyneside during his loan spell, but he needs to start doing that rather quickly.
“Marlon is still an option for Chris, but I understand he has only come in as back-up. “Chris will be keen to nurture the talent at his disposal and there is a lot of promise in the two lads.”
“It’s (scoring goals) not too much of a problem because Kevin Nolan has scored eight goals already this season.” “There are different types of strikers, of course.”
“I look back at Wyn Davies who made a lot of goals for others, while Malcolm MacDonald and Alan Shearer can only be described as goal machines while also doing their job elsewhere on the field.”
“Newcastle need a player that will get 20 goals or so this season.” “At the rate Nolan is going, it could be him.” “But it’s something every young striker should be striving for.”
We half expect Chris to start Nile and Andy together next Monday night at Sheffield United, and it will be more than interesting to see how well they play together.
They’ve looked good in the past, and let’s hope Ranger can get that first senior goal for Newcastle, so that monkey’s at least off his back – and if he can do that just watch this lad go!
It may be that we have as many as 4 first team players returning for that game too – with captain Alan Smith, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson all set to start that game.
We need all 3 points at Bramall Lane, and then we can look forward to beating Peterborough United the following Saturday.
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