Nile Ranger’s Going To Be Good – But He’s Still A Kid


It looks like Nile Ranger scored three great goals for the Newcastle Reserves yesterday,  in their 5-1 win over Wigan at the Benton Training Ground.

Nile Ranger – Beardsley thinks he has massive potential

And it must be Nile Ranger Appreciation Day, because here’s another article today, about the 19 year-old striker.

Nile was signed in the summer of 2008 from Southampton, and Peter Beardsley has lavished some praise on today.

Peter has made some very interesting comments about Nile, after his excellent display yesterday.

We know Alan Pardew has some doubts about the 19 year-old, and we talked about some of that this morning.

But he still has plenty of time to listen well to the Newcastle coaches and Ranger can certainly become a star of the future.

Peter Beardsley, who knows a thing or two about scoring goals, since he scored 237 goals in 755 first class appearances in his career, has no doubt the London lad has huge potential.

Beardsley told the official web-site:

“That’s what the boy is about – we know he can score goals,” “Sometimes he needs to work harder, but when you’re a goalscorer that’s what you are known for.”

“And when all our punters look at the stats,  they will see he scored three goals and will be delighted.”

“His second one in particular was outstanding. The first was great skill to do what he did, but for me the second was outstanding.”

“If I’m being really honest it probably surprised me. When he ran away from their player that was never in doubt.”

“But the way he dummied, stepped inside the player and bent it in the far post was great skill.”

“We obviously know he’s going to be good, but he’s still a kid,” “In real terms and in terms of football he is still a kid. He hasn’t played more than 100 games yet.”

“We hope he can go a long way, but he knows it’s a long road.” “Through no fault of his own he’s almost moved down the pecking order a bit.”

“Besty’s scored a hat-trick, then you’ve got Peter Lovenkrands, Shola and hopefully Andy isn’t too far away from being fit.”

“However, if he is prepared to listen and learn then he has a very bright future.”

If Newcastle fans had any doubt that Nile is a potential big star of the future, those words from Peter should alleviate any of the doubts.

But we know Nile has to apply himself, and work hard in training every single day, to do just that.

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9 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    I think we all forget how young this lad is.

    I still think he would benefit from going out on loan and getting some regular games, just like Forster is at Celtic.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    There was talk of Leeds or the Smoggies wanting him on loan, I think this would do him good.

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    id say send him to celtic aswell at least he is guarenteed to score plenty of goals up there

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  • Robbanufc

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #4

    We all saw what CCC did to AC! Would probs do Ranger a world of good to get some regular first team footy.

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  • vic

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Nile is second best striker after Carroll.
    He is ready for the first team.
    Give him few games .
    I never seen him lazy on a pitch – he is warrior,
    always unpredictable, explosive, real natural killer.
    He just need more practice in the first team.
    He already proved himself – he needs more practice to get confidence. Remember Carroll two years ago. He was on a bench or on a loan because untouchable Owen/Martins. If Carroll would play instead of Owen – more likely we never been relegated.
    Let Nile the chance

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  • Phil K

    Jan 18, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #6

    No he’s not 2nd best striker at Newcastle
    No he’s NOT ready for the first team
    Jesus wept.
    A little evidence would be nice, and we’ve seen none.
    If he spent a season in the Championship, he’d come back a FAR better player.
    The kids got great promise, and yes, he IS a kid – and doing the same as Andy Carroll did would result in a potential Prem superstar as Andy C’s turned out to be (much to the fury of the national press who first attacked him through their rags – he “had an orgy with ONE woman” !!!! – , now are desperate to get him to one of “their” clubs)
    If Nile DID come good, the rags would do the same to him.

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  • Phil K

    Jan 18, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Cockney magic – you the same CM we see regularly on the Vital Newcastle pages ?
    Hows it going, mate ?
    You spend more time with us than your beloved WHU !
    Always welcome though, notice.

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  • Sav

    Jan 18, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Warrior? He has a dummy and he likes to spit it out. But no argument the lad is an exciting prospect. Pardew is playing hardball and seems he has deliberately moved Nile down the ranks, whereas Hoots was softer with Ranger. Hope he responds to that. He definitely needs games but I wonder whether they are reluctant to let him out of SJP where he will get more freedom to misbehave?

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 18, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Give him 30 mins or around 15 mins every game, he will improve with more games under his belt

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