Nile Ranger could well get a start up front tonight in partnership with Danish International Peter Lovenkrands.
Nile Ranger – could get start up front tonight
We have a feeling that Chris may give Wayne Routledge a game out on the right wing, so he may elect to give Nile a game in his best position as a striker.
Ranger told the Evening Chronicle today:
“As far as us younger lads are concerned, the longer we stay in the Carling Cup the better.” “All of us know that the season would be over for a couple of months if we go out – unless there are major injuries.”
“We want to keep making sure there is a carrot dangling in front of us for each round and we’ve got a chance of playing.” “That’s what the situation was at Chelsea and, for all of us young players, we got a massive result on the night.”
And there’s news that Nile’s family will again be attending the game, as they have traveled up from London, after they saw their boy play so well at Stamford Bridge, and score Newcastle’s first goal to get the lads back in the game.
After that game in London, Nile has said it was the greatest experience he had ever had in football, and he would never forget the feeling, but hey, there’s another big chance for the 6’2″ striker to give Newcastle another famous victory tonight against the Arsenal.
Nile was a big Arsenal fan as a boy and he’s just hoping Newcastle can stay in the competition tonight:
“That’s who I supported when I was younger.” “But we’ve always said we’re happy to play anybody. We just want to stay in the competition.”
“And when I get my chance I’ve got to make sure I catch the eye.” “But it’s a real buzz to play in front of the Newcastle fans.”
Ranger has made just three appearances in the first team so far this season, and if the lads do go out of the competition tonight, we think Chris may have a rethink on some of our younger players and whether to send some out on loan.
It’s really a compliment to Nile that Chris has elected to keep him with the first team squad, so he must be looking very good in training. On the other hand 19 year-old Nile is such a great prospect, having some first team games at a Championship club this season could do him a power of good, and he could still be sent out on loan if the lads go out of the Carling Cup.
But those loans will only happen if and when Newcastle are eliminated – and maybe that’s not tonight.