Nile Ranger, who turned 19 years old last Sunday, is one of Newcastle’s most exciting youngsters, and has made great strides in his first two seasons on Tyneside.
Nile Ranger – still top notch prospect
The former Southampton trainee, who was quietly signed by Newcastle in August of 2008, twisted his ankle on the rather bumpy pitch in last Monday’s 1-0 Reserve team defeat against Middlesbrough at Whitley Park
So Nile will not be in the squad for Monday night’s game, when the Newcastle squad leave tomorrow for Plymouth, and probably will go down to the South Coast by train, because of the curtailment on flying due to the Iceland volcano eruption.
And manager Chris Hughton has talked about Nile today:
“Nile’s injured.” “He came off with 20 minutes to go in a reserve game with his ankle.”“He’s definitely out. It’s one we’re assessing, but it’s a sore one.” “It’s not long-term, though.”
“He certainly won’t be available for Plymouth, and at this moment, it looks like he might not be available for Saturday, either.”
“He’s just twisted his ankle. It’s not a bad one, but it will take a little while to settle down.”
We still have high hopes for Ranger, who has appeared 30 times for Newcastle this season with 7 starts and 2 goals, and has played 12 times for the England U-19 side with 6 goals.
Nile is a bit of a cross between Ameobi and Carroll, but he’s a lot faster than both of the local lads, so offers something different.
What Nile knows he has to do now is score more goals, when he gets the chances, just like 21 year-old Andy Carroll has been doing since the turn of the year.
With Best having been signed in January, Ranger’s appearances at Newcastle have been limited this year, and with Newcastle looking for another striker in the summer, it could well be that Nile will be sent out on loan for the first part of next season.
It could probably be to a Championship side, just like Andy Carroll was sent to Preston at the start of the 2007-2008 season.
The lad needs games to improve, but we think the London-born 6’2″ striker has everything it takes to become a big success on Tyneside.