Ranger Bags Hat-Trick And Reminds Pardew Of His Potential

Newcastle Reserves beat second placed Wigan Athletic yesterday, to go 3 points clear at the top of the Barclays Reserve League North.

Nile Ranger – scores first goal with acrobatic volley

And Nile Ranger, who was an unused sub on Sunday at Sunderland, reminded manager Alan Pardew of his tremendous potential by bagging a great hat-trick.

Newcastle won rather easily against Wigan 5-1 at the Benton Training Center yesterday afternoon, after Wigan had beaten Newcastle in early November at Robin Park Arena in Wigan to go top of the league.

And certainly Nile did what he needs to do to further his career at Newcastle – score those goals.

Remember it wasn’t until this time last year, that Andy started to score goals on a regular basis for the Newcastle first team, and at the time Andy had just turned 21.

Nile doesn’t turn 20 until April, so he still has time to start doing that,  and he must keep working on his game.

All three goals were very well taken and Nile looked the consummate striker yesterday.

This is what Nile said after the game:

“The second goal, Gos played it to me down the line, I saw space and then just got at him. I then went past the center-back and stuck it in the corner.”

“For the third it was a great ball by Fergie. He’s done well this season, a good left foot and quick feet. He’s put me in and I had so much time that I couldn’t really miss.”

“When you score a hat-trick it’s always enjoyable, but we’ve gone out there as a team and everyone worked their socks off.”

“When I’m called upon and Pete wants me to play and have a run out, I do my part.”

And some other senior Newcastle players got a run out yesterday too, including 20 year-old Dan Gosling, who got a full game under his belt to sharpen him up, and Dan is looking very good already.

This is what a pleased manager Peter Beardsley said after the game:

“There were a lot of plusses today.  Perchy (James Perch) was outstanding in terms of his attitude.”

“And it was great for Dan Gosling to get 90 minutes under his belt, and obviously Nile Ranger scored a hat-trick as well.”

Since Alan Pardew arrived at the club there’s something he hasn’t liked about Nile Ranger.

And that seems to be that he thinks the lad is missing the determination needed to become a star, and of course Andy Carroll has that desire in abundance – as Andy is a keen learner and works like crazy in training.

Apparently that’s not so with the 19 year old, and it’s something that Alan still wants to see from the Londoner.

Nile Ranger would do very well to listen to exactly what Alan tells him to do, and what Peter tells him to do – and just do it!

It’s not easy to be a top star in football, and often you don’t see all the hard work some of  the players put in behind the scenes.

David Beckham may be one of the best examples of a player who has worked his socks off all his career to get the best out of himself.

He still plays the game with the enthusiasm he had when he was a kid, and he hasn’t let his world-wide fame go to his head at all – and in that way David has become a wonderful role model for the youngsters.

Nile would do well to follow the example of Beckham, inasmuch as how he trains hard every single day.

So keep your head down Nile, and you could even become part of a deadly strike partnership at Newcastle with Andy Carroll in the next year or so.

We hope that’s the case  – but it’s completely up to you.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Great News!

    Firstly for Ranger and Gosling.

    But also for all of the reserves, top of the league means we have some quality in there!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 18, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    BREAKING NEWS…….John Carver is back as assistant manager

  • Flan

    Jan 18, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Until the end of the season. I wonder why it’s such a short contract considering we’re throwing 5 year contracts at everybody?

  • Mac

    Jan 18, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    John Carver back where hebelongs. Good appointment

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 18, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    this has been such a good season so far, Carroll proves himself as one of the top strikers in the country, the Joey Barton of old has returned, Enrique is quality, we are in the top 10, we have smashed teams like the scum, villa and west ham. beaten arsenal liverpool everton etc, Ben arfa signed!, Carver back! im so happy right now!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 18, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    please lets beat spurs on saturday so iv got the bragging rights at work!

  • Mac

    Jan 18, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Now just get some players in.

  • partizanovec

    Jan 18, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Carver is back! Good!

  • Stuart

    Jan 18, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    If Enrique were to leave I doubt he’d go to Munich when Man u are supposed to be after him.

    Can’t see him going anywhere to be honest, I reckon he likes it here and understands that Newcastle are looking to build the team around players like him, HBA, Tiote and Carroll.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Anyone know the reserve lineup?

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #13

    @ Cockney Magpie // Jan 18, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    They wouldnt be able to afford him – he would cost more than Big Andy!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14

    look at this pic lads its f*********g brilliant, ED U HAVE TO USE THIS ON THE SITE!… http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2010/9/6/1283771814670/Andy-Carroll-013.jpg

  • Davies

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Can’t see Enrique leaving. One of the things I’ve really enjoyed over the past season or two is hearing players like Carroll, Barton and Enrique saying they’s like to play out their careers here, particularly Enrique, as there must me a stack of clubs in the warmer parts of his native Spain who would give him a hell of a pay rise.

    Commitment to the club is massive at the moment. I don’t think the players have been given enough credit for it either. CH was a good old boy, but I can’t help but feel the team spirit has more to do with the senior players who opted to tough it out in the Championship.

  • arcarius

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Good news indeed! Carver back as assistant!


    Team: Soderberg, Perch (Leadbitter 65), Dummett, McLaughlin, J.Henderson, Folan, Newton, Gosling, Ranger, Xisco (Sam Ameobi 73), Ferguson.
    Subs n/u: Alnwick, McDermott, Richardson.

  • Stuart

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    I doubt he would be worth more than Avatar like, strikers are always priced higher than defenders. I reckon he’d still be worth £15m-£17m, however he’s one of my favourite players at the club in a very long time so i dont want to see him go anyway no matter what the price.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #19

    look at that link i just put up its a pic of carroll its brilliant, ED U NEED THIS SOMEWHERE ON THE SITE

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Players like Enrique, Barton, Collo etc are obviously committed to us or they would have done a runner when we went down along with the likes of (G)Owen, Martins, Duffer etc.

  • Nufcboy88

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #21

    good view of the game from them houses behind the pitch!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #22

    @ Stuart // Jan 18, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    “he’s one of my favourite players at the club in a very long time so i dont want to see him go anyway no matter what the price.”


  • hitman

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #23

    thats classic that pic.. cockney

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #24

    Shearer looks like Gandalf on that pic.

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #25

    favourite player enrique like, hard pushed to find a better left back anywhere (bale excluded like) workrate, attacking, defending, passing hes got it all like, his attitudes spot on aswell he never loses his cool. Would like to see him singed up on a new contract hopefully the big money doesnt tempt him away, although i think hes got more about him than that.

  • vic

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #26

    Nile Ranger:

    Has remarkable ball control


    Power, ferocious shot

    Excellent header



    Incredible ability to create something from nothing

    Spectacular strikes and volleys

    He is not a youngster in making – he is READY

    I rate him higher than many regular strikers in PL. Definitely better than Ibrahimovich

    Alan can make history if he introduce this talanted forward to the first team cause next step for Nile is England .

    In two-three years he will cost 15-20M

    He just needs more first team cups to get confidence

  • Sav

    Jan 18, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Ranger was pointedly missing from Pards’ list of our first team striker options. I think there may be method in his promoting Best and Lovenkrands above the youngster and putting him back in the reserves. Possibly he wants to see Nile get his head down here first before sending him out on loan. That is what the lad needs but he needs supervision by the sounds of it.
    Pardew is taking a harder line with him than Hoots. I hope Ranger takes the hint and rises to the challenge.

  • rwpoynter

    Jan 18, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #28

    CockneyMagpie19. I am just dropping a line to Michelangelo to get the Pope to lend him a tall ladder so he can reach the top of the Sistine Chapel and put this new version in. I like it better than the original, but if you go don’t try and photograph it, my wife got a bollocking from a Cardinal for taking piccies!


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