There is news today that Nile Ranger is becoming frustrated at his lack of first team opportunities, since Leon Best came to the club on February 1st.
Nile Ranger – must be given chance
Nile is an up-and-coming star at Newcastle, and he has already appeared 28 times for Newcastle this season in all competitions, with 7 starts.
That’s not too bad for an 18 year-old, but Nile is ambitious, and will see his recent relegation back to the Reserve squad as just that – a step backwards.
Manager Chris Hughton talked about 18 year-old Nile today:
“Nile’s got to train hard, play well in the reserves if he gets a game for them, and continually try and push.”“Nile’s still developing as a young player.”
“It’s about what he does in the week, how he trains in the week and the competition he has in the forward areas.”
“At the start of the season, if we had said how many minutes he was going to have on the football pitch for us so far this season, I don’t think he would have believed it.”
“So far, he’s played a big part for such a young man, and he’s just got to continue to do the same.”
“Nile’s developing, and, of course, what we also have are Andy Carroll – who’s also a young lad – and Shola, Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best, all different types of strikers.”
“He’s got to be part of that strike force and learn as much as he can, and take the opportunities when he gets them.”
But we have to say we are a little concerned that Nile is not now training with the first team squad, since the lad seems to have stacks of potential.
We have to protect our youngsters and bring them through, and give them their chance, which we haven’t always done in the past.
We cannot sacrifice the development of our youngsters by preferring more expensive players, simply because they are more expensive, and as we know from past experience they often don’t produce the goods.
It’s a fine line, and difficult for managers, but we trust that Newcastle will indeed give the young lads their chance – especially with a Youth Policy now being one of the major strategies at Newcastle.
If we don’t do that the good youngsters will become fed up and leave.
Maybe Nile will get a run-out this afternoon in the second half – that would be good.
We are big fans of this young player.