Nile Ranger May Still Get His Big Opportunity Against City

It looks like Shola Ameobi will not make the home game tomorrow afternoon against Manchester City, because of his hamstring problems.

Nile Ranger – could make first PL start tomorrow

If the game at Birmingham had not been called off fairly late in the day last Saturday, then Nile Ranger would definitely have made his first Premier League start of the season,  and we were fairly certain that Nile would start tomorrow against City.

But yesterday, Alan Pardew came out with a statement which seemed a thinly veiled criticism of the lad’s attitude in training, and he even said that Nile was not certain to start tomorrow, even though Alan would have started him last weekend.

One of the things that will determine whether Nile gets a start or is brought on as an impact substitute, is what formation Alan plays, and he could play a 4-5-1 with Andy Carroll the only striker up front and Kevin Nolan poaching for those goals as a withdrawn striker.

That would help to  combat the strong City midfield, and we remember against WBA, we were completely over-run in midfield when Chris started with a 4-4-2 formation.

But on that day Joey Barton was missing through injury, and was missed badly,  and Danny Guthrie just didn’t get the job done in the middle of the park, in what turned out to be Chris Hughton’s last game in charge on Tyneside.

But of course the 19 year-old London-born striker would love to start tomorrow, and this is what he said today:

“I don’t know if I’ll play on Boxing Day, but I really hope I do.””To make my first start in the Premier League would be great and another step forward for me. And I love testing myself against the best players.”

“Man City have some top players so I would relish the chance to cause them problems.”  “If I did start, it would be the best Christmas present I could imagine.”

“But even if I don’t, I’ll hope to play a part and maybe even score my first goal in the top flight. That would be pretty special.”

“It’s already been a good month for me because I signed my new contract, which I was buzzing about.”

“I hope all the fans have a great day and also a great new year.”

There’s no doubt Nile was impressive against Liverpool, and we’d love to see the big lad start alongside Andy Carroll tomorrow.

But Nile must get his head down in training and concentrate on doing his best week in and week out on the training field, and not be late to training – ever.

Hopefully he’ll pay attention to what Pardew has said to him, but we’re sure Alan has already had a on- on-one with the player, and we hope Nile heeds the good advice Alan is giving him.

We’d love for Nile to start tomorrow and get his first ever PL goal, as well as his first Premier League start.

Howay The Lads!!

5 comments so far

  • Solaidback

    Dec 25, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    By the time stamp I guess you’re in the UK for Xmas then Ed.. lol 😉

    It’s true that if Rangers attitude isn’t right that he shouldn’t play, but lets hope he doesn’t think that he’s got the right to play because Strola is injured, we have 3 other strikers who can fill in if he doesn’t get his head straight thats for sure!!!

    Looking forward to the game tomoz as it’s seem an age since the last match, so I hoping the players are raring to go & that we get summit out of the match, preferably 3 points.. lol 😉

  • Sinner

    Dec 25, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    I really doubt it that he would get a start.=/
    They would choose lovenkrands ahead of him as Pardew would prefer an experienced player against a difficult team.
    Beside,he has not been impressed with him.
    Peter been moaning about not getting a start and threatening about quitting the club.

  • repo

    Dec 25, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #3

    i think it would be good if xisco played cause remember against villa he set up carroll and i think he needs a run of games to show what he can do..

  • Thump

    Dec 25, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Potentially no Shola tomorrow? Christmas present from NUFC!

  • baro

    Dec 25, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #5

    This guy Nile Ranger is so amazing! He has the potential to be the next anything! His speed is absolutely amazing! Very good player and will only get better if he gets starts in the top flight


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