Unfair To Ask Nile Ranger To Take The Burden

Nike Ranger is about 28 months younger than Andy Carroll.

Nile Ranger – came close to first PL goal last night

So Nile in age now is where Andy Carroll was in September of 2009, and he didn’t show at all in the Newcastle side at that time.

In that relegation seaosn Carroll played 16 times and scored 3 goals, and so far this season Nile has appeared 17 times with one goal and in total has made 47 appearances for the Magpies with 3 goals.

But to ask Nile to do too much in the last 14 games is asking a lot, but he can still do a job for the club – hopefully. If he can do the job this season, in Newcastle’s time of need, he’ll soon become a favorite on Tyneside.

Last night, Newcastle’s best chance fell to Ranger, and what this lad needs now more than ever, is his first Premier League goal, and once he gets that he could look a different player.

But it’s also unfair to criticize the lad, even when he has missed some sitters this season – because at least he’s getting into the right positions – and we all know he has a lot to learn.

Ranger got on last night after just 13 minutes, when the terrible news that Shola Ameobi has probably sustained a broken cheek-bone was evident, after he took an elbow from Steve Sidwell.

And the 19 year-old’s second-half attempt from a Kevin Nolan set-up,  was the closest Newcastle came to getting a point, after Damien Duff had scored his first league goal for a year for Fulham on 67 minutes.

This is what Ranger said today:

“It was disappointing to come here, away from home, and see that four unbeaten run come to an end.”

“When I came on, I kept on running and did my best but sadly it wasn’t enough.”

And he talked about how he almost got his first PL goal, which would have made him a hero on Tyneside today:

“I didn’t get a sweet connection. I got a bit of a connection but obviously the goalkeeper’s made a great save.”   “As a team, we all need to be scoring goals, especially now Andy’s gone. There’s a lot of pressure on us strikers but we’ve just got to go out there and give it our all.

“There’s only three senior strikers now, isn’t there? Andy’s gone, Shola’s injured – I don’t know how long for but I heard he broke his cheekbone, although I’m not too sure yet – so obviously that’s a blow to us.”

Alan Pardew will need show some extraordinary leadership and inspirational qualities to get the lads in the right frame of mind for the massive challenge that Arsenal will pose on Saturday.

We want to see a guts and glory display, with the lads playing as if their lives depended on it, and maybe, just maybe,  Nile can get his first PL goal, because Arsenal have a very soft center.

Comments welcome.

52 comments so far

  • TS -77

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Are there any possibility that there was an recall-option in the Xisco loandeal??

    If there was – Please take him back and give him a chance!!

  • cg

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Atleast the ball he did hit yesterday went between the posts. I’m sure he will score more once the first one hits the back of the net.

  • toonarmy1986

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Ranger should be out on loan this season learning his game and gaining experience but instead he is thrown in at the deep end with the sort of pressure he shouldn’t be under at such a young age. It’s a joke the size of our squad and why is Xisco out on loan as well when we are down to 3 strikers surely we have a recall clause in place or is that more poor management.

  • Stevo

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #4

    I agree. Ranger should be out on loan and Xisco should be brought back in.

  • mickguk

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Ranger is Rubbish

  • Markaccus

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Niether shuld be on loan now, since we only have 3 fit strikers at the club, and one out on loan. It would be nice to think that we could call xisco back, and for him to surprise us all.

    One thing ranger does have ready to use, is his pace, why nt use him on the right wing of a 5 man midfield and let him charge forward, it can make things happen

  • PrinceAlbert

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Ranger is not PL class, at the match lst night he did not win anything in the air his touch and passing was poor and finishing scuffy!!

    Let him go on loan to the Championship…see if he can make it I have my doubts.

    PS Get Routledge back so Barton can play centre!!!

  • taker83

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Collo can be a better striker than the strikers that we have I think.Now when ben arfa is back, he will play well and AP will say he is not for sale only to sell later with a bigger fee.At last, assley can sell your ass too AP.

  • Stevo

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s unfair to say Ranger is rubbish. The kids only 19 man. Still has a lot to learn. He’s only been chucked in when we’ve been desperate.

  • Canuck

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Does anyone know about the recall options? I agree with the above, especially Xisco. I think given half a chance (not given so far), people might be surprised in him.

  • derekm

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    nolan alongside lovenkranz, eventual midfield of ben arfa, ireland, barton and tiote will keep us in this division.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #12

    take your pick between loven and best, or xisco if we can get him back

  • toonarmy1986

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Think there is to much burden on Barton as well because if he doesn’t quite click we have nothing. When we perform it all comes through Barton but when he doesn’t we look awful which is hopefully where Ireland comes in to relief all the pressure on Barton.

  • mickguk

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Ranger is Rubbish, cant hit the target how many chances has he missed. Get rid now !!!!

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #15

    I’ve been thinking about what I said earlier – and who will score the goals? The answer is that we do not have a premier quality striker so why not simple play all our best players. As we have midfield choices (don’t forget Gosling) what if we moved Barton and Nolan up front? Both can score – and if we don’t know what they will do then no one else will either and may not be able to cope with a packed midfield allways moving forward. Ranger can then come on as a fast fresh forward sub.
    Sounds daft? Not 1% as daft as scraping our one and only plan A when we have no plan B!
    Think of it as 2 inside forwards perhaps with someone lying behind them like STaylor coming forward – anyone remember the Revie plan? It baffled defences who were expecting high balls and did not know who to mark. It only has to work a couple of games and we are safe!

  • Stevo

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #16

    @mickguk – Then we’ll only have 2 strikers!

  • Robbanufc

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Simpson – Willo – Colo – Enrique
    Ben Arfa – Barton – Tiote – Jonas

    That’s a mighty strong midfield.

    Could also work with

    Simpson- Willo – Colo – Enrique
    ———–Barton – Tiote
    —-Ireland – Nolan – Ben Arfa

    Just saying. Get in Ranger! Keep on working hard mate, the goals will come!

  • mickguk

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #18

    Lets face it we are only going to playing with 1 from now on anyway. Packing out the midfield and letting Nolan go forward. You know just how CH did it last year !!

  • Sinner

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Sinner // Feb 3, 2011 at 11:30 AM


    Four consecutive matches and none of our strikers have scored!
    Thats really shocking.With West ham Birmingham both giving up good performances yesterday!With that we really need to be thinking on how we’re gonna be winning games now and avoid relegation.
    Pardew is not the right man for this job and this is showing its results on the pitch.
    The team has low morale because of him and fck he is absolutely clueless.
    And please no more Best!!!!

  • Newcastle Rock

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #20


  • messiah2k6

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #21

    Sorry this is lies firmly at the feet of Hughton. His refusal to give the lad minutes in games where we was comfortably ahead, and even after promotion was gained is proving very costly because when called upon now it is evident that nile still has a lot of growing to do. CH – overall record with substitutions last year was poor… everyone is calling for the younger players to be sent out on loan to championship teams this year when we obviously still lack any depth. We had the perfect opportunity last year and blew it!

  • mickguk

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #22

    I agree with the lack of oppurtunities to subs last year but Ranger just isnt good enough !! Whats with the great reception he gets aswell when he comes on??? I am clueless to that, he is rubbish. Give another youngster a chance if thats all we have got left. We should of been playing Xisco instead of him last year.

  • listie

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #23

    I hope now that people realise Ranger is good but needs so much more developing, I also hope that last nights game has shown Ranger himself that he needs to put in some hard graft. A lot of reports about him have been that he is lazy and loves himself.
    He needs to be out on loan in the Championship, we need to bring back Disco and Rout asap

  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #24

    You lot picking Williamson – he turns slower than me, and I’m 75. He doesn’t jump either, this was the guy that was outjumped by N’Zogbia for God’s sake.

  • mickguk

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #25

    I would send Ranger out on loan to Darlington and only bring him back when he has matured a bit.
    I would probably also send him to the opticians just to be on the safe side !!

  • Raffo

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #26

    It is only the same as Carroll last season. He had a full season at a lower level and after 6 months at this he has gone for £35 million. It is exactly what he needs but unless we are able to find free agents then he will have to try and do a bit of learning in the EPL. Next season maybe.

  • Raffo

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Mick – support the lad for gods sake. He is 19, has to be given time. Carroll was in the same position 2 years ago. How quickly people forget

  • mickguk

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #28

    No i wont support him he is rubbish, isnt PL and will never be.
    Also you cant compare Ranger to Carroll apart from they have both been in trouble with the law from time to time !!

  • toonoholic

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #29

    no disrespect to ranger,

    but if he does not take the burden off now, he will never be able to do it . Now is the time the club needs the most out of him and it would be fair enough to expect it from him especially since shola is out

  • Raffo

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Pathetic. I am not comparing them as they are now, I am saying that Ranger is Carroll 2 years ago. Both doing well in the ressies and needing time in a lower league. Carroll did NOTHING in our relegation season and got the game time in the championship with us. Ranger hasnt had that chance yet.

    To say you wont support a player is a joke.

  • BeeGuy

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #31

    I think Ranger did as well as he could last night. The boy lacks experience, but even with two “old heads” in the Fulham middle, he got off the best cahnce of the night. Unfair that he is doing on the job training in a relegation battle. We must hope that he does not lose his self confidence under such pressure. Maybe NUFC needs to bring a special coach to help him and Best learn some tricks.

  • mickguk

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #32

    Oh well Raffo, you give him your support and i will see you in the championship next year. We dont have the time to bring the young boy on. We need him to step up and be a man now.
    If its to be 2 up front then it has to be Best and Loven we have no choice !!
    And as far as your pathetic comment goes, GROW UP !!!!

  • Raffo

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Oh dear I am not going to get into some sort of slanging match over a blog. You dont support him if he plays, I will because I support the team and whoever plays.

    Your right we need him to step up now but to say you wont support him is plain daft

  • mickguk

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Let him prove me wrong then but we dont have the time for him to find his feet or his head for that matter.

  • Raffo

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #35

    Whats the solution Mick? Who else do we chuck in? There isnt anyone else so we have to support him. Best is rubbish and McLovins not been on it at all. Both are Championship level, so is Ranger at the moment. We ahve no EPL standard strikers, I dont even rate Sholla. All I am saying is I will support them, not wanking over them thinking they are international class.

    I would consider playing HBA and Ireland up front before any of those 3 to be honest

  • Jamesthefirst

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #36

    Can’t believe people are knocking Ranger, he is way better at 19 than Carroll was at that age.

    Carroll was 21 before he looked like a proper player

    The only problem with Ranger is that he is being rushed into the starting 11 because of the striker crisis. He is 2 years away from being ready for that. I am confident he will be a great player. it just hasn’t clicked with him yet.

    Look how long it has taken Nasri to get accustomed to the PL?

    Padrew needs to change the formation because we no longer have the quality to play 4-4-2. No wingers that can cross a ball and no strikers that can score.

  • mickguk

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #37

    4-6-0 it is then.

    How can you compare Ranger to Nasri?

  • MacToon

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #38

    Rather have Ranger than Best tbh.

  • Raffo

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #39

    It isnt a case of comparing like for like, simply the time taken for a player to settle in the league

  • belfastgeordie87

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #40

    whens steven talyor back?? willamson must be the slowest centre half in the premiership,and why were we playing long balls last nyt??? there big centre half is probly the best defender in the air in the divison ffs lol


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