When Nile Ranger came on in the last few minutes of the game against Tottenham last Saturday, he looked like he did when he played against Liverpool.
Nile Ranger – we may have to call him Smiley Lip now
The lad looked to be so full of energy and so difficult to handle for the Spurs defense, as he was for the Liverpool defense.
If this lad can get his act together in training, there’s little doubt he has loads of natural ability, and if he comes through in the next year or so then Andy Carroll and Nile Ranger can give opposing defenses some real nightmares in the not so distant future.
In fact some of them may not even turn up for the games.
We’d also like to see Nile continue his career with the England U19 side, as he’s been left out of the last several squads, although Ryan Donaldson, now on loan at Hartlepool for a month, has been included.
The 19 year-old powerful Londoner told the Evening Chronicle today:
“The manager has said he doesn’t need to dip into the transfer market and get another striker in.”
“As a young player or any player that gives you a bit of encouragement.” “To know you are in his plans gives you a bit of confidence.”
And after scoring a tremendous hat-trick last week for the Newcastle Reserve side against Wigan, Ranger proved he can knock in those goals, and it would really help him to get his first Premier League goal, sooner rather than later.
“I was glad to get a hat-trick the other day, it lifted things.” Stevenage was a nightmare. I’m not being rude but it was like their final.”
“They were always going to be at it. We just weren’t on our game as much as they were.” “It is always harder playing in those type of games. And I wanted to just cry after the miss against West Ham.”
“Now I just need to keep getting a sniff in the first team and hoping for as many run outs as possible.” “I’m so close to the first team, I’d rather not go on loan. I feel like I’m back in form a bit anyway.”
“I got a hat-trick in the reserves against Wigan and that got me a chance against Tottenham.” “You’re always happiest when you are scoring goals as a striker.”
“It’s really just about getting the chances and opportunities to do that.” “I’m happy to keep getting games in the reserves to prove myself – the gaffer says that it’s good to have a little run-out now and again.”
“I’ve got to stay involved because I haven’t been playing much recently.” “Scoring goals in the reserves does you no harm at all.” “I’ve had a few hat-tricks in the Academy and now in the reserves.”
“I hope that by doing that there will be a few decent reports getting back to the gaffer.” “That’s all you can hope for.”
The other thing we hear a lot about Nile is that he’s never down hearted and seems full of energy and is a positive kid.
And after the game on Saturday, would you believe he had a smiley tattoo put on his bottom lip?
Nile Ranger – do we now have to call him smiley lip? 😀
But what we have to say to the youngster is just follow closely what Alan, John, Peter and the rest of the coaches tell him to do – and remember nothing comes easy in life or in football.
If Nile can put in that extra effort, he can nurture all those tremendous football skills he seems to have been blessed with.
If he does that Newcastle could well have two of the best young strikers in the Premier League.
Wouldn’t that be something!