Pardew On Ranger – Nile Can Become Key Player For Newcastle

Nile Ranger at his age (he turns 20 on 11th April), could arguably be a better player than Andy Carroll was at the same age.

Nile Ranger – looking good for Newcastle in his sub appearances

Just as a comparison, Nile is now at the age Andy was back in November of 2008, when the club was in turmoil, and Joe Kinnear had come in and was trying to save the club from relegation.

Nile is 28 months younger than Andy, but if anything he’s a more exciting player to watch than Andy was, and he’s got  loads and loads of potential.

And we just have to hope he can keep improving, and keep following the wise words of Alan Pardew and the other Newcastle coaches.

If he can do that,  he can then become a great striker for Newcastle, and of course that’s what we are hoping for –   big time.

And it seems that Nile is starting to come through very well for Newcastle, under the new tutelage of Alan Pardew, for one so young.

And there’s some good news from Alan Pardew today about the 19 year-old 6’2″ Londoner, and that is that Nile seems to be taking to heart what has been said about him, and he’s improving his time-keeping and professionalism.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the youngster today:

“Nile could be a key player between now and the end of the year, a key player.”

“We keep talking to him about professionalism, and his timekeeping’s improved, and his training-ground standards are improving.”

“That bodes well – he’ll improve as a player. He’ll only get better.”

That’s just great to hear, so it looks like Alan’s statements about the player when he first arrived may now be bearing some fruit.

Nile has already made 49 appearances with 3 goals  for Newcastle, and he’s likely to see plenty of substitute action through the end of the season, and we expect at some stage Alan  Pardew to give him a start before the season ends, probably at St. James’ Park.

But the lad needs his first PL goal, and the sooner he gets that off his back, the better he will be for it.

Maybe tonight?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Feb 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Pards has a decent history with strikers, hope this is another case in point

  • andre29

    Feb 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Birmingham City FC – Newcastle United FC live on

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    While we still need points it is the right policy to play safe, but once PL survival is ensured then we should release the youngsters (possibly all at some stage) and give them their chance – next season (with also a couple of good signings) could be very interesting! HWTL

  • carlton nufc

    Feb 15, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #4

    I belive he will be better than andy carthorse but I can’t help but feel he will be gone just as quick as andy if totenham or another London club comes but ranger it’s up to u to prove me wrong u can be as big as any nufc number 9

  • Visten

    Feb 15, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Keep working hard sonna and you could be a real diamond.

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 15, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #6

    With our youngsters, two-three good prospects brought in (including an established CF) and our key players re-signed I am looking for a top 6 finish next season – and a cup! HWTL

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #7

    and its about time that any further winge about that ex-number 9 was hit with a £1 fine to be donated to SBR’s charity! enough is a bloody nuff. HWTL

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 15, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #8

    anyone know anything about Dinamo Zagreb star Milan Badelj who we might get for 3.5m? Is he any good?HWTL

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 15, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #9

    NilePowerRanger Nile ranger
    Fulll englishhhhhh ! Then nappin till game !

  • Thump

    Feb 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #10

    He’s looked lively lately and considering he’s only 19, it’s something special. That shot against Arsenal could very well have been his first EPL goal on any other day.

    Keep it up, kidda, and the number 9 is yours.

  • Crawfordladd17

    Feb 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #11

    He isn’t bad but he isn’t a natural goalscorer and has a lot more pace and slightly stronger. And Phil Airey looks good 2 they are both 19 and Vuckic 18 i would rate the trio about 30m or so together probly Vuckic would be about 12m

  • Markaccus

    Feb 15, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Supermac, all I can find out is that he’s another ‘play maker’ and only 21. Not sure if we need him. Spurts after him too, as they usually are whenever we show interest in a player.

  • scottsellars...unsunghero

    Feb 15, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #13

    am i the only one who just doesnt think Ranger is any good??? he just reminds me of shola 10 years ago no first touch and cant finish ( he is a more willing runner than shola has ever been)

    with AC you just knew he had it from day 1 with ranger i think his attitude is a problem

    i would love him to be a number 9 but i just cant see him ever being one

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 15, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #14

    “Nile is 28 months younger than Andy, but if anything he’s a more exciting player to watch than Andy was, and he’s got loads and loads of potential”.

    What did you write that for Ed? Well that’s Nile off to Liverpool or the likes in summer.

  • dave 1961

    Feb 15, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #15


    yes your correct on that one

  • max

    Feb 15, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #16

    rangers should play as right winger..

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 15, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Can become a key player ? With our paper thin squad he already is. Granted he’s not the most potent striker we have but he’s the most dynamic and creative one we have !
    Big Ranger fan and hope he takes the number 9 shirt soon

  • HOGC

    Feb 15, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #18

    i like nile, and yea i think he was better then carroll in his running as compared to carroll in the past. carroll didnt score goals in the past too, but soon nile will. if anyone thinks he is like shola, please, he isnt near shola! he is way better, exudes more enthusiasm and class and pace and shot power, etc.

    but i got a feeling he wont stay at newcastle for long, this club will just be his stepping stone to a bigger club or a club who will offer him more money in the future


    Feb 15, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #19

    He,s a better player than Carroll! He needs to get stronger in the challenge, but that will come as he gets older. He,s got loads of potential and has got to score his first senior goal for us soon!


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