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.