Nile Ranger Could Get First Start In Premier League Tomorrow

It will be 19 year-old Nile Ranger or 30 year-old Peter Lovenkrands who will start tomorrow, if Shola Ameobi, as expected, isn’t fit to line up alongside Andy Carroll against Fulham FC tomorrow afternoon.

Nile Ranger – could get first start in Premier League tomorrow
If Ameobi doesn’t start it’s going to be a tough decision between the two for Chris Hughton to make – does he bring in a player with vast raw potential but not much experience in Nile Ranger, or does he go with the experienced Peter Lovenkrands, who has only 5 appearances for Newcastle so far this season?

Nile Ranger replaced Ameobi at half-time in the midweek defeat against Blackburn and did OK, and he will need to wait to see if he did enough to earn a starting place tomorrow afternoon.

But Newcastle are a different club than they used to be when Peter would have been played as it was tough for the youngsters to break through too quickly at Newcastle, but under Chris Hughton that is no longer the case and Chris gives the youngsters their chance – when it’s been deserved.

Hughton has told the Shields Gazette today that he would not be afraid to start the 19 year-old tomorrow:

“Nile’s had to be patient – as have others,”  “The reason we played Nile was because  Blackburn are quite a big and aggressive team. They’re very good on set plays, and Nile has awareness to his game.”

“The reason he came on against Blackburn was because he could affect their back three or five.”  “I wouldn’t be afraid to start him. When I look at the options I’ve got, it’s him or Peter Lovenkrands.”

“Peter hasn’t managed to get the amount of football that he would have wanted.”

Ameobi’s return to the starting eleven, along with that of Danny Simpson, coincided with a three game run of Newcastle wins, and Shola proved he could well play alongside Andy Carroll.

And it could well be that Chris prefers the physical presence of Nile, to the deft and classy touches of Peter Lovenkrands, although we would expect both players to play at some time tomorrow afternoon.

Peter needs a chance this season to show what he can do, and he’s played very well for the side since he arrived a year last January, and he’s already got 20 goals.

We don’t expect Shola to start tomorrow because he’s carrying a slight injury, and Chris talked about the local 28 year-old striker today:

“We took him off because it was tight,”

We also expected Cheick Tiote to miss the game because we had thought he picked up his 5th yellow card on Wednesday evening, but after checking up on it, we were wrong (what – again?) – but thank goodness – it was only his 4th yellow card.

Thanks to our readers for pointing out we had made another mistake – nothing like making something worse than it already is.

But it’s good to know Cheick will be playing tomorrow, because he will be really motivated to play extra well after giving away the cheap goal against Blackburn.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Lynxie

    Nov 12, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Its the midfield I am interested in. Thats where the game will be won or lost, and CH has to get it right. Too many changes unstabilise the side, and square pegs must not be put in round holes. This means because Guthrie has never yet done a job wide on the right, either Guthrie must go in at Centre Mid, (which leaves no-one out wide), or Routledge wide, in place of ASBO. Raylor out injured so for me its a no brainer.

  • Lynxie

    Nov 12, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #2


  • Sav

    Nov 12, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #3

    We could revert to 4-5-1 with RANGER on the right instead of Joey as he was in the cup and Guthrie or ideally Vukic replacing Shola in midfield.

  • Lynxie

    Nov 12, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    4-5-1 might be a good call actually, because Mark Hughes has never been known to like open attacking football either, it could be a war of attrition with a single goal in it tomorrow. We need to be tight and strong.

  • davies9

    Nov 12, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #5

    i think vukic can play well in that 4-5-1

  • Lynxie

    Nov 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Hmmm, not so sure. Have not seen enough opf Harris to make a judgement, but form what I can make out he is a ‘touch’ player, whereas tomorrow might be a midfield battle.
    Anyone seen much of him, Is he up for a scrap?
    For that reason I think Nolan, Tiote, Guttierez, and possibly Smith (though I hope not – too slow), with Nile and Knuckles up front.
    Prediction, scrappy hard fought struggle, with Toon winning 1-0 or 2-1.

  • Moreno

    Nov 12, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Simmo Collo Big Sol El Toro
    Wayne Tiote Vuckic Jonas

    Pace down both wings, Nolan is our top scorer in that position. I don’t think Ranger or Lovenkrands in the formation improves the team. Tiote will sit in front of the defence, Vuckic deserves a chance, Ranger has had one and not taken it.

  • dave 1961

    Nov 12, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #8

    I would leave out Nolan & bring him on for the last 30 Minuits our midfield was over run against Blackburn, & I think could would do with the rest.

  • wynsleap

    Nov 12, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #9

    As Moreno’s Team but bring in Ranger for Vuckic and play him alongside Andy. Think Haris is not yet quite ready to start games.

  • Irie-Magpie

    Nov 12, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #10

    @ Moreno, I agree, Ranger has had his chance and not taken it, for me he’s not ready for a start. I’ld go with Loven up front with Andy’

  • nden85

    Nov 12, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Reckon we could bottle it again tomorrow and lose 1-0 or something gash and awful, really hope not, but we just don’t seem to get up for these sorts of games for whatever reason.

  • Moreno

    Nov 12, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #12

    If the crowd get behind them from the outset and we come out of the blocks quick enough we will be ok. There will be a lot in the crowd who are nervous though (as proved by the previous comment) and that rubs off on the players

  • BengGaBoy

    Nov 13, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Since Joey Barton is suspended, I would think Ryan Taylor will be the natural choice of replacement than Wayne since we need somebody to deliver set pieces as well.

    Between Ranger and Peter, I would prefer Peter for his speed and positioning. I find Ranger is a little clumsy, poor crosses and don’t read the game well.


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