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.