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. 😀