Most of us thought that Nile Ranger would be playing for a Championship club out on loan this season, as the youngster needs games to improve his play.
Nile Ranger – very promising young striker
But manager Chris Hughton, pleased with the form that Nile showed in pre-season, has elected to keep him at the Newcastle club, although there were lots of clubs in the Championship only too willing to take him on loan for the coming season.
The 19-year-old may have to show some patience for his chance at Newcastle this season, and he has just one Carling Cup appearance so far at Accrington Stanley, in the second round of the competition, where he had a good game.
Ranger is not the only striker finding it difficult to get a game at Newcastle right now, with both Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands warming the bench, and both will be hoping to start tomorrow night, to get a chance to impress the manager.
The 19 year-old Londoner told the local Evening Chronicle today:
“Everyone wants to be involved. All the youngsters have been doing all right, and we’re ready if needed.” “We know it’s Chelsea, so Chris won’t change the whole team, but hopefully a few youngsters will get to play.”
“We’re back in the Premier League, and it’s a big step up, so I’ve got to be patient and wait for my turn. Right now, the team’s strong, and Andy’s been getting the goals.”
“Chris has told me to keep going.” “He hasn’t sent me on loan, so I must be doing all right. I’m keeping my head down, and getting on with it. It’s still early in the season. If I get my chance, hopefully I’ll take it.”
It seems that Ranger is echoing what Chris has been telling him behind the scenes, and indeed Nile just needs to keep his head down and give 100% in training every day – and he’ll not go too far wrong at Newcastle.
We have high hopes for this lad, as long as he can make himself into a top class professional, and you have to believe that’s a little easier when Chris Hughton is the manager, and there’s also so many good role models for Nile to emulate at the Newcastle club.
But it’s also the responsibility of Chris to bring Ranger through at the club, and if he doesn’t get enough games by January, the Newcastle manager may still decide to send him out on loan at that time.
We expect Nile to get a game tomorrow night, and maybe even a start on one of the wings, where he’s looked a good player this season.
Nile has so far made 31 appearances for the Newcastle club, with a couple of goals.