Nile Ranger Looking The Part – He Was Brilliant Yesterday


We haven’t said too much about Nile Ranger’s contribution to the fantastic comeback yesterday – but Newcastle scored 3 of their goals when Nile was on the field in those last 17 minutes.

Nile Ranger – in action against Arsenal

And this lad was winning everything in the air, and again on a couple of occasions,  may have had his first PL goal, with just a little bit of luck – but this lad is starting to look the part in a black and white shirt.

He’s almost two and a half years younger than Andy Carroll, and is probably a better player then Carroll was at the same age.

And yes, the London lad still has a lot to learn, we all know that, but the 19 year-old has so much speed and natural ability he’s just frightening.

And as we said yesterday he scared the living daylights out of the Arsenal soft center defense yesterday.

No wonder he is back in the England Youth setup, having been included in the England U20 side to play on Wednesday night.

Leon Best also played his part yesterday,  and should have had two goals after one was disallowed for offside but wasn’t, and he may yet have a career at Newcastle.

The 24 year-old former Coventry striker  is now out injured with a hamstring injury and we wonder if Alan Pardew will withdraw Nile from the England game on Wednesday night.

Newcastle presumably only have Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger fit for next Saturday at Blackburn.

Anyway, we wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge the part Nile did for the team yesterday – he was tremendous.

And Nile needs to continue listening closely to Alan and the coaches to improve parts of his game as he matures – just like Andy did.

Nile now has 48 appearances for Newcastle with 3 goals, and that’s an area he needs to improve, just like Andy was told by Chris Hughton a short 12 months ago.

And finally the unbelievable Newcastle fans, who again filled St. James’ Park to its capacity yesterday, showed just why they are the best in the business.

They carried their team in that second half, and inspired them to do the impossible – you could even feel the atmosphere watching the TV!

Remember – anything is possible – especially with Newcastle – but first you have to believe it. 😀

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63 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    I would keep him as our supersub…great future player for us

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  • sephir0

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Nile was aweosme in them 17 minutes, he always makes an impact as a sub….if he can do what he does in the last 3rd of the game for the whole 90 mins…. he will be immense for us! Keep it up Nile!!

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  • sweendog

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #3

    had a great game .. surprised as he does look a bit erratic .. maybe pardew told him to be more direct .. the lay off for Nolan was excellent

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  • craigcoozy

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed good article , myself and entertainers were just sayin otherday that ranger now is far better player than carroll was at his age!!! He jus needs to confidence! When we gt relagated and stoke were looking at carroll for 6m myself included wud of taken 6m!

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  • sweendog

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #5

    think when he ran at the defense they were terrified as he has pace and power .. keep it up

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Ranger looked very good when he came on. Don’t forget when Carroll was his age he couldn’t get a game. I think Ranger will be a big player for us. I do expect however if he does come good Fat Tw*t will sell him.

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  • mylestoon

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #7

    he had a good game when he came on, i think he sparked best in to some good action as well.

    Whats everyones feelings on ewerthton, or whatever hes called. looks good on a free and could help us solidify a good position this season.

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  • sweendog

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #8

    craigcoozy .. agreed .. although different qualities to Carroll and Ranger, Carroll is better at heading, Ranger better with the ball at his feet ..if he knuckles down and learns he could be world class.. still an if .. but another few games last yesterday and he’ll be on his way .. well done Ranger..

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  • sephir0

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #9

    He needs more games, when he plays for 90 mins he’s nothing like he is when he is a sub, the lad lacks confidence but is defineltey showing promise. he is an exciting young talent, im hoping the coaches can bring out the best in him. still cant get over yesterday, what a game!! whatever was said at half time in that dressing room seriously did the job!! well done lads!!

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  • sweendog

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #10

    mylestoon .. we need a striker …. so if the terms are right .. yep ..

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  • dipesh14

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Forster just got sent off in the old firm game- came flying out and couldnt stop himself..

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  • sweendog

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #12

    sephir0 .. why can’t the manager tell him to play like he is a sub with a view to being replaced on 60 mins .. see how he does .. might be a good way of getting him to be as direct as yesterday

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  • sephir0

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Ewerthon is either guna be hit or miss, he’s bin out for a while before his contract was terminated by mutal agreement wasnt he? Plus he’s unproven in the premier league, but hey we aint exactly in a position to be picky in such circumstances, i say sign him up…. we need options, and he could prove to be an asset in this season’s campaign.

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  • nightfa11

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #14

    nile was awesome..reminds me of henry.. just keep it up nile, work hard & dont even think about leaving NUFC..or i’ll kick you ass=)

    as for MA selling the club.. i dont really think it would be a good idea… remember there’s a new rule coming in the summer > that club can only buy (+ wages) for as much as they make profit.. so it doesnt matter if we get bill gates…he wont be able to put any money in the club.. (or only up to 10 mio per season?).. & if we get a new owner hed probably sack pardew & then we’d have a new manager who’d need time to get the know the players (youngsers, etc.) & before the likes of vuckic & fergusen get anoter chance might take a while…AGAIN..

    oh & ps…if anyone calls vuckic viksic of vuksic or whatever again ill be pissed off.. the guy’s here for 2 years now & u still dont know his name FFS..IT’S VUCKIC.

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  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Ewerthon’s agent Barry McIntosh admitted talks with a number of clubs were ongoing. “A number of clubs like Ewerthon, he is a free agent and is looking to seal his next move,” McIntosh told skysports.com. ”It is no secret that a number of Premier League clubs are keen on him. I am not going to go into details about who we are talking with, but if you’re asking me about whether he would move to Newcastle? Then yes, obviously they are a calibre of club he would very much consider playing for.”

    1 – we are down to 2 fit strikers
    2 – why was he released – is he a crock? get him up here for a medical asap!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Ranger’s chest knock down for Nolan was brill 🙂 …

    … If only it had gone in. 🙁

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #17

    nightfa11, Can I write Vuckit?

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  • sephir0

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #18

    sweendog

    yeah that might work. we gotta get him playing like that for 90 mins eventually, its hard not to push the guy cus we really need him playing like that right now! he’s got such talent and he was unlucky not to grab one for himself yesterday with that powerful shot which was on target, sadly the keeper was equal 2 it. have to say imo and this aint sour grapes, but he is so much more exciting to watch than carroll, whenever he gets the ball i get a buzz!

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #19

    If you look back at any of my posts about Ranger, I’ve always been consistently saying Ranger is going to be a top player.

    He is very young, very raw and will have games where he looks worse than Shola on a bad day because he’s a young lad with a heavy weight on his shoulders.

    But, we’ve seen the quality and ability he has, and he will get goals, make no mistake.

    Patience is key with Nile.

    When Ireland and HBA are fit along with Joey, the quality of pass from midfield will be significantly higher than it is now and when that happens, more chances are created and Nile will stick plenty away I have no doubt.

    And yes, he is WAY better than Carroll at 19 years old.

    Carroll really only got to where he was because he kept getting games, this is what Nile needs, games.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #20

    me mates told me weve approached the FA to ask permission to sign a striker on emergency loan anyone else heard anything? wer supposed to want a player on loan and another on a free transfer till end of season rumoured to be Ewerthon

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  • boater

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Anyone have a link to the MOTD highlights?
    I was getting my leg over last night,, after celebrating yesterday’s Istanbul II.

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  • Sinner

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Cheik Tiote and Superman once fought each other on a bet. The loser had to start wearing his underwear on the outside of his pants.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #23

    GeordieToon89, Wouldn’t hold your breath ref the FA. they seem to have something against us. Wouldn’t surprise me if they are not investigating Joey’s tackle and Nolan’s push down on the Goalie.

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  • sephir0

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #24

    I think we are guna be fine this season, we’ve still got Ireland and HBA to come back and as Edd Case has said, the passes from midfield are guna be so much better. HBA is a handful on his own, seriously cant wait for him to come back…. he’s guna be vital for us!! Best is getting there, played really well yesterday…. keep em coming Beast!!

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  • Bucks mag

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Shame about Best, he’s really turned opinion about him. I was one of his many doubters, but good games against the Mackems and taking his goal yesterday have reformed my view

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  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #26

    very true GeordieGerman…

    Anyone else think we should try sign Victor Obinna in the summer if West Ham dont??

    Also I know this is pointless but i beleive this to be astonishing.. Lionel Messi last night scored his 40th goal of the season in only 32 games I mean howay that is some record :/
    Games played – 247
    Goals Scored – 167
    Assists – 67

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  • sephir0

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #27

    That Nolan and Joey business with the goalkeeper is stupid, passion riding high and the goalkeeper was being a timewastin pr!ck anyway!

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  • carrollsinger

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #28

    All the so called fan who left the game after the 4th goal went in hahahahahahahahaha u ain’t real fans

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  • Whitecap

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Ewerthon is coming off a knee injury that required surgery at end of 2010. We’ll see if he passes his medical.

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  • The Power Ranger

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Lets be hones though, when Carroll was his age, who were our strikers at the time? Martins, Owen, Viduka and Ameobi were all in fron of him. It shows that we should give the youth lads a chance as they will play their heart out for the team.
    And, how good was Simpson and Jonas for us yesterday. Apart from the obvious, i thought they were our best players, both first and second half. Jonas crossing was outstanding and he certainly looked liked an Argentina international yeaterday.

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #31

    Alan Pardew = Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO4tIrjBDkk

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #32

    That was the half time speech given to the players 😛

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  • The Power Ranger

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #33

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNBpW7C72-I
    Ewerthon looks decent and can put the ball in the back of the net. He likes his penalties and his late goals aswell. Were Real Zaragoza in the second division when he was their? They seem to be winning every game!!!! haha

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  • Sinner

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Some really good facts on Tiote.
    Worth a look!! 🙂
    http://kjdellow.tumblr.com/post/3143484153/tiotefacts

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  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #35

    He’s not good starting or coming on too early, but he’s great as a supersub coming on when it’s like 20 mins left when the opposing team is starting to get tired. Ranger cannot consentrade the whole 90 mins yet.

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  • partizanovec

    Feb 6, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #36

    This will be my last on AC.
    Surely Pardew knew the lenght time that AC would miss, (two months+), and after we learned this very morning that he may sit this whole season, suddenly there is new perspective, that the deal is actually good for us.
    If hypothetically, we rejected the £35M bid, and AC stayed, there would have been many asking why we didn’t cash on him knewing that he’s carrying problematic injury.
    And to add something on this thread’s subject:
    if Nile just keep learning the game, if he’s commited and have right attitude, the results (goals) will follow. Keep on good work lad.

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  • sephir0

    Feb 6, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Who reckons Tiote’s goal yesterday is contestant for goal of the season? Seriously what a world class strike!! And his celebration almost brought a tear to my eye, you could tell how much that meant to him!

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  • leedodd

    Feb 6, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Now That Andy Carroll Has Moved On Its Niles Chance to Proove to The Club and The Fans What He can Do. He wont Get The Chance Next Season if We Buy New Players . I think end of the Season Lovenkrands Will be gone !!!!!! So Its Ranger Time !!!!! Roll On The Next Home Game Cant Wait – Bleedin 3 Weeks Time !!!!!

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Feb 6, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #39

    A hypothetical question for you all. Would you spend say, £8m – £10m on Drogba given his age? Either he or Anelka will leave at the end of the season surely. I think he would be brilliant for Niles development, could teach him how to use his body to better effect, just help round a few rough edges. I think you’d only get 2 top draw seasons out of him though, if we could snare him.

    The only player who I’d unequivocally target is:

    Chamberlain £10m – I have a friend who is a season ticket holder at St Marys, he believes Chamberlain is much more talented than Walcott was at 17! Searing pace, composure to match. I have only seen him in the cup game against Man U, he was the best player on the pitch! Meets all our criteria.

    I could say a lot more, but other than Football Manager, I have little knowledge on them 😀

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  • burnsie

    Feb 6, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #40

    SINNER THAT IS THE UNFUNNIEST BLOG I HAVE EVER READ…what terrible ”jokes/facts” they are. the lads trying to be too funny for his own good.

    what a load of tripe

    http://kjdellow.tumblr.com/post/3143484153/tiotefacts

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