It could be that Alan Pardew has been surprised just how many good players he has inherited on Tyneside.
Nile Ranger beats up Skrtel – sorry – challenges the Liverpool center-back
And he has been told in no uncertain terms that it’s his job to bring on the youngsters, and he must have been impressed with at least one of them on Saturday – Londoner Nile Ranger.
19 year-old Nile Ranger came on after 63 minutes, and it could have been hailed as a brilliant move by the new manager, since it completely changed the game, and will probably mean Nile will start next Saturday at Birmingham.
But alas, the reason the youngster came on was because Shola Ameobi pulled a hamstring – for the umpteenth time in his career.
How often has a 19 year-old beat up a Liverpool defense with his physical and direct play?
And with any luck the youngster would have scored within a minute of coming on – when he hit that shot, we looked for the net to bulge – but it never did – as the ball whistled just inches wide.
But this lad looks like he’s coming through big time again – just like he was doing before Newcastle bought Leon Best last January – which restricted Nile’s appearances through the rest of last season.
“We were effective in offensive areas, and Nile Ranger was effective off the bench, and Shola did a shift – more than he usually does because his hamstring was tightening up.”
And Pardew will know that he has one of the most exciting players in England right now in Andy Carroll, who got the ball maybe 35 yards out, hesitated a few seconds, realized not one Liverpool player was moving towards him, so he hit a left foot missile into the bottom corner of Reina’s goal – a wonder strike.
“Andy Carroll was what he is – an outstanding young player who has got a hell of a future in front of him over the next 10-15 years if he manages to keep himself sane in the mad world that he’s now in.”
If Nile Ranger comes through in the next year or so like we hope he will, can you imagine what the two of them could do to opposing defenses?
The opposing defenders will have nightmares the night before the games – and then hopefully more nightmares during the game. Skrtel certainly had a nightmare game on Saturday.
Nile was some find from Southampton – that’s for sure – and Andy promises to be the next great player in a long line of famous Newcastle number 9s.
Howay The Lads!!