Nile Ranger is just one of the many exciting youngsters that will be coming through at the Newcastle club in the next year or so.
Nile Ranger – interviewed today
It seems that Nile left his former club, Southampton, to join the Magpies, before Alan Pardew arrived at the south coast club.
Nile told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I know all about Alan Pardew, he was at the same club I was at after I left.” “I was kicked out of Southampton.”
“He had heard about me as a player and what I could do.” “I have spoken to him already and he said ‘just keep doing well’. “
“You always wants to work hard for the manager.” “I hope he gives me my chance. Nothing in football is promised.”
As we reported yesterday Nile is coming on really great at Newcastle, and we hope he will be given a start on Saturday at Birmingham, but that may depend on whether Shola Ameobi’s hamstring is up to starting.
If Shola starts, we have to think that Nile will get a good run out in the second half.
“My job is to work as hard as I can for the team.” “And on top of that I am looking to get the goals to help the lads.”
“If I get asked to go on and make an impact then that’s what I’ll try to do which is what happened in the game against Liverpool.”
“I set myself high standards and don’t like to make excuses.” “But the important thing is to keep on learning.”
“It’s great coming into the first team. As I’ve said, I’d like to play up front with Andy Carroll because we know each other well and know each other’s game.”
“My aim is to get bigger and stronger.” “I have been going in the gym quite a lot and working on things.”
“If you said to me would I like to be a powerhouse striker, I’d say yes.” “But you want to be fiery and clinical and that is what I’m working on.”
Ranger came to Newcastle from Southampton in late August in 2008, but it was a couple of months before that when Southampton had let the youngster go.
And of course Nile arrived on Tyneside just before the Kevin Keegan bomb went off at the Newcastle club.
So in his short two years at the club, he’s already seen five different managers at Newcastle – Keegan, Kinnear, Hughton, Shearer and now Alan Pardew - amazing isn’t it?
And finally Nile has thanked his previous manager for all he did to bring on Nile’s career:
“Chris Hughton did an awful lot for my career.” “And I really appreciate it. He knows that because I made sure that I told him.”
“But we have a new manager now and we have to work just hard under him. Yet I have to say I will never forget what Chris did for my at this football club.”
Chris Hughton seems to have done a lot to bring on the careers of many players at the Newcastle club, and we are hoping that Alan Pardew will simply continue that on Tyneside, with no hiccups at all.