Sol Campbell was a good buy in many ways for Newcastle, and one way he is making a difference in training is by passing on his immense experience to the young lads at the club.
Nile Ranger – after scoring Newcastle’s first goal at Chelsea
And it turns out that one of the youngsters gaining from having Sol in training every day, is 19 year-old Nile Ranger, and apparently Sol Campbell was one of Nile’s idols while he was growing up in London and supporting Arsenal.
Ranger talked to the Evening Chronicle today about his hero:
“It is like a dream playing alongside Sol Campbell.” “He is so experienced and keeps you right by telling you where you need to be.”“Respect is not the word, people like Sol have been there, seen it and done it. “
“I am not really a right winger but have been playing there and he has been helping me.” “I used to support Arsenal when I was a kid.” “So it is like playing alongside one of my heroes in Sol.”
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has decided to keep Ranger at Newcastle this season, after deciding against sending the lad out on loan, although lots of Championship clubs were just lining up to take the youngster on loan.
And with the excellent form he’s shown when he’s played this season, that’s understandable, and the lad is now very close to the first team.
“It was an amazing experience to play, score and then win at Stamford Bridge, even more so for me being a London lad!” “I will remember it for the rest of my life.”
“To be just 19 and playing against teams like Chelsea and Arsenal is great for me.” “What was also fantastic was the fact I had a lot of family in the stands who came down to see me. I will not forget any of it.”
Hughton has told Ranger he must be patient this season, but that his chance will come, and Chris was true to his word by giving the Wood Green youngster his start last week against Chelsea, and Nile looked good, even though he was out of position on the right wing.
Nile scored his 3rd goal ever for the club at Stamford Bridge, and could have had another minutes later, with a little bit of luck, and the 6’2″ striker hopes the Carling Cup run will continue, even though we drew Arsenal at home in the next round.
“I hope it does not do me any harm.” “You cannot just expect a chance but you can keep yourself in contention.” “If we go out of the competition, then that is it, but while we are in it you can show what you can do.”
“We always said we were not bothered who we were drawn with.” “We just said we would give it our all. It is a massive thing for us youngsters to keep alive in the Carling Cup.” “We are getting a chance. It is a case of being thrown in at the deep end but we like it.”
“I was born in 1991 so I was not even born last time Newcastle won at Chelsea.” “I want more memories like that. It is great to be making a bit of history.”
“I am proud of it. The fans were buzzing at the end, and it was a great experience to go over to them at the end.” “We will keep searching for wins like that, and hopefully this experience can last as long as possible.”
Nile has so far done very well since he arrived at Newcastle, and has managed to keep on the straight and narrow, with the guidance of Chris Hughton, who we’ve noticed always seems to have a positive impact on the youngsters on Tyneside.
And that has to auger very well for the future of the club – and for young Nile Ranger too.