One of the most exciting young players on Tyneside at the moment is 19 year-old Londoner Nile Ranger.
Nile Ranger– get in! – in action against Liverpool
And Nile will have impressed the pants off new manager Alan Pardew on Saturday, with a tremendous performance in that final 35 minutes, although he should probably have scored within two minutes of coming on – but hey – that will come as he grows more experienced.
And in any case he turned the game in Newcastle’s favor with his all action display – and it was just great to watch – maybe we’ve seen 10 TV reruns of what happened after Nile was introduced in the Liverpool game. His impact was there for all to see and the lad’s only 19?
Nile has done fantastically well since he arrived on Tyneside two years ago, and he has put behind him some of his youthful daftness – and he has kept his head down on Tyneside. Nile deserves a huge compliment for doing that.
And we even understand he arrives at training on time these days – what more could you ask for?
And it was this week that we imagined what a Nile Ranger Andy Carroll partnership could develop into over the next year or so – when they could scare the living daylights out of central defenders everywhere.
The two of them did it with the Liverpool lot on Saturday, after all – just ask manager Roy Hodgson – he looked near the end as if he was going crazy.
Ranger told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It would be a dream to partner Andy on a regular basis – it’s something that could really work.”
“We understand each other’s game because we have played a lot of times together. The more we get to play together, the more experience we’ll gain and the better we can become.”
“It’s an exciting partnership.” “I had a great chance to get it against Liverpool, I felt I did the hard bit and went round the keeper, but the angle was tight.”
“I was annoyed, but I don’t want to be making excuses – I should have scored.” “That sort of thing happens in football and you just have to get on with it and wait for the next chance to come.”
“Liverpool are a good side and can defend well.” “But we showed we can be a threat for anybody.” “I try to get in behind the defenses of teams and feed off big Andy’s flicks.”
Whether or not Ameobi’s tight hamstring has cleared up for Saturday, we’d love to see Nile get a start at Birmingham, because their defense could be the next on the chopping block for Andy Carroll and company up front.
“It was a memorable win against Liverpool and I was delighted to play a part in it.” “The gaffer told me to try to get on there and make an impact.”
“I feel I did that. I just wanted to keep on running in behind the back four.”
Well he got the job done becasue he certianly made an impact.
A word to Nile – you are doing great at Newcastle right now but keep your head down, do what the manager says – train hard, keep your feet firmly on the ground – and you have the ability to become a big star of the future.
For Newcastle of course.