19 Year-Old Nile Ranger Still A Great Prospect At Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • gunnarnufc

    Apr 17, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Shame he has not had more time on the pitch this season.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Apr 17, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #2

    If we are brutally honest, Nile blew it this season. With Lover short of match practice & Shola out so early he failed to step up to the plate and hit the target (Carroll did). The fact that we needed to first borrow Harewood in the Autumn, then panic buy Best in January tells us more about why he has not had more time on the pitch; he cannot be relied upon.

    We happily turned to Patrick v.A, another ‘youngster’, to cover manfully at left back; so it’s not age that’s the problem with Nile but either ability or attitude – or maybe both. It’s no good talking him up, Ed, he needs to shape up or ship out because he was no good to us in the Fizzy when we needed him, so what chance has he in the Prem?

    The fact our highest scorer is probably going to be a somewhat sluggish midfielder is slightly worrying, n’est pas?

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 17, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Nile may not have scored that many goals, but his hold up play was phenomenal and he was gaining confidence and experience in awinning team.

    The crowd know their players and you only had to listen to the roar Nile gets when he comes on. And yeah Best is such a polific marksman – not !!!!!!!!!!

  • 41 years of pain

    Apr 17, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #4

    His problem is no such much is ability on the pitch but his lifestyle off it. It is rumoured Mr Nile likes the party lifestyle and needs a change in attittude.

  • baro

    Apr 17, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Haris Vuckic time right? 🙂 Haris Vuckic can score goals, unlike Best.

  • peterktoon

    Apr 17, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed I have read some comments in the Chronicle about Ranger being a primadona and he is always late for traning and that’s why he is not always on the bench..

    I don’t know if there is any truth to this but have you heard any thing???

  • toonsy

    Apr 17, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #7

    peterktoon – It is true. Up and down his road all night in his BMW.

    Still, I suppose he now has more time to pimp his ride.

  • G

    Apr 17, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #8

    I rate the lads abilities, and his on-pitch work rate has been phenominal, however, heard a lot of rumours that he is out this summer, as his lifestyle issues include hanging round with dodgy charecters who encourage the lad to chuck the dusty-showbiz in his face. I would love to believe these rumours are false, but there are so many variations, from so many different sources that they are hard to dismiss. Such a shame as the lad is a great talent, however, if they are true then the club would be right to jetison him onto the scrap heap he belongs.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 17, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #9

    does he really want to be a star for NUFC ? if rumours are true , CH needs to do his job, get him by the throat, tell him what a w….r he s turning in to , tell him to buck up or f ..k off , simple as that, am i right in saying , we pulled him from the sleazy, pathetic yob he was turning in to down south?,settled down for a while,got stuck in , and was rewarded with a first team call up, only to go into one when he lost his place in the pecking order?C H didnt drop him for nothing especially his goal scoring ability, he needs to have a chat with himself and ask why. we ve had to many trouble makers like him,dont need any more, sort his head out, or send him back back on those streets where he came from

  • G

    Apr 17, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m informed the lad is thicker than a lobotomised mackem, but surely he must realise that football is his best career path? Nobody is that stupid… are they?

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 18, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #11

    unfortunately that’s also a vey good description of mssrs carroll & Barton !


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