Alan Pardew – Nile Ranger Similar To Younger Michael Owen

Since Andy Carroll left the club a young striker whose more than two years youngster than Andy, 19 year-old Londoner Nile Ranger – has a big chance to show the boss Alan Pardew, what he can do.

Nile Ranger – time keeping improved – still need improvement

Alan Pardew has been different from Chris Hughton in that he has already shipped some youngsters off to other clubs, so they can get some experience playing in the first team.

And he would probably have done that with Nile too, if Shola Ameobi hadn’t been unfit, and no real replacement brought in for Andy Carroll.

At the moment it seems Nile is third choice striker behind Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands while Shola Ameobi is injured, and Finnish International Shefki Kuqi settles in on Tyneside.

Pardew talked about the youngster today:

“I’d have considered it this season if Shola was fit and we had Andy Carroll, or a replacement for him, in the building.”

“Nile’s very important for us between now and the end of the season and in this period we’ll know what we’re going to do with him next season.”

“He could be forcing to get in and around the team for us, and he has the potential to do that.”

“He gets under center-halves. I can think of players, Michael Owen in his own way once, he gets past you, he gets under you, there’s no getting back to him, he’s got that pace and he’s good at that.

“He needs to concentrate and understand what the job’s about and what the profession’s about at times.”

“He’s very much aware that his time-keeping has improved and his professionalism on the training ground has improved, but it could still be better.”

If Newcastle bring in two strikers in the summer as they are expected to do (Sturridge and Elmander?), and keep Lovenkrands and Best at the club, then we think Nile will be sent out on loan to some Championship club, at least  for the first part of the season.

And then he’ll have every chance to get a string of starts and show what he can do, and how many goals he can bang in.

Of course if he becomes  star player at Newcastle in the remaining 11 games of the season, Alan may have second thoughts about that, but the lad is still just 19, and we all know he’s still learning the game.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • z4

    Feb 19, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #1

    nile’s a gr8 lad……….glad we still hav im

  • leedodd

    Feb 19, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh Hell Ranger Similar to Owen Thats Put the tin Hat On It !!!!!! Play 1 Injured for 6 !!!!!!! He is Only Young still But Needs to Learn – Why don’t we Get Shearer in for say 2 Training sessions a week with Peter Beardsley ?? Then Ranger and the Rest Would Be Far Better Players – Including Best Lovenkrands and Evan Shola Lazy Amiobi.

  • Alberts_tash

    Feb 19, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Is that a joke?

  • tom tomb

    Feb 19, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #4

    He is so unlike him it’s amazing, every aspect is different!
    He can be a great player though if he applies himself, he needs regular FULL games though. Here or somewhere else on loan -maybe next season.

  • Nufc-83

    Feb 19, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Tom tomb that is what i was thinking when i was reading this he is nothing like him maybe he has pace thats about it. Niles best attributes atm seem to be his energy and his strength he seem good at bringing the ball down in tight situations which we seen clearly in the championship last season. His biggest problem atm is he lacks good positional sense and movement. Something that Owen in his peek was one of the best in the world at along with the likes of inzaghi. Lovenkrands is the most like owen he makes good runs even best seems to lack in this department at times. A prime example of nile not having these attributes was against birmingham joey had the ball on the right and nile was in box with only one defender. He didnt react before the cross instead saw were it was going and tried to win it but reacted first as it went to the near post. If it was a top class st he would have made that run to the near post cutting across the defender before the ball was delivered. If it went back then oh well but he should have made that run on instinct. As for sts next season i would get rid of lovenkrands and ameobi bring in two excellent sts and keep nile and best hoping they continue to develop well.

  • Nufc-83

    Feb 19, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #6

    He didnt react before the cross instead saw were it was going and tried to win it but the defender reacted first as it went to the near post.

  • Nufc-83

    Feb 19, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #7

    thats how that sentance is meant to read lol should really look through my post before pressing sumbmit .

  • Nufc-83

    Feb 19, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Aswell as bringing good players in i really want to see the likes of ferguson, Lua lua and kadar given games when we can afford it next season. Vuckic for me has not impressed when playing at first team level but looks a class act at reserve so maybe he suffers with nerves as even the easiest of passes go wayward when in first team. Loaning him out would be the best option to a club with a decent size stadium and fan base to get him pver that. Airey looks class at reserve level aswell he really is a micheal owen type stays on the back line and makes runs behind with pace so maybe loan him aswell.

  • The Power Ranger

    Feb 19, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Ha! Similar to Owen? I wouldn’t make that comparision. You have to remember how good Owen was in his day and was at one stage the best player in the world. This is some compliment for young Ranger.

  • Brutooon

    Feb 19, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #10

    When nile get his first goal, then nobody can stop him haha

  • arcarius

    Feb 19, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #11

    lololol similar to owen?

    If onlyRanger was half as good as the old owen during his liverpool time, then i wouldnt complain

    to score a hat trick against germany when you’re 21 is nothing short of magical

  • Phil K

    Feb 19, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Ranger doesn’t know where the bloody goal is.
    Applying himself in training would help, mind.
    If he could be sodding bothered.
    He’s so frustrating. You know he’s got it all, but doesn’t apply himself, because he doesn’t seem to care for hard work.
    In 5 years time, when he’s on the dole, and playing Sunday Football with Has-Beens and Never-Wases United he’ll regret his lack of concentration to his task in hand.
    Yes, he infuriates me, even more than Titus Bramble. Another kid who had the lot. Titus eventually got his act together. I have major doubts Nile ever will

  • Phil K

    Feb 19, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Brutoon. He’s already scored his “first goal” and it’s made no bloody difference.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 19, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #14

    He needs games. A start would be the ideal way to see what he’s capable of now. I would start him along side Best for our next game to out muscle Bolton’s rearguard. I think if he just scores his first Premiership goal he will knuckle down to improve and get more goals for us. Him going out on loan would also do wonders to his development.

  • G

    Feb 19, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Can’t see the comparison between NR and MO either? Unless MO used to claim he was ‘Gangsta first, footballer second’? Ranger has the potential to be one of the best, only his development seems to have stagnated a little recently. I agree with the comments above about him needing more game time.

  • dunzer1990

    Feb 19, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Lay off the lad he’s only a kid he’ll come good leave him alone

  • G

    Feb 19, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #17

    dunzer1990, who’s picking on him like? I see nothing listed above that I would consider derogatory? Only well documented fact (apart from the difference of opinion about his goals… obviously).

  • Tiote4PM

    Feb 19, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #18

    IF his attitude is a problem he needs to go on loan to a a team in div 1 or 2 – like Defoe did. Here he will meet lads his age dying for a chance and might make him realise what he has got.
    Owen at 18 had represented England on the World Stage and achieved…. Nile has made a few sub appearances and proven nothing – I see the similiarities……

    Big strong lad – hope he has the bollox and passion to make it.


  • Alberts_tash

    Feb 19, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #19

    dunzer1990, no-one’s picking on him, stop being over-sensitive. The fact is he’s nothing like Owen in any way shape or form, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing at all.

  • henock1989

    Feb 19, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #20

    really needs to improve and cant compare him to owen, who cab score goals if he is fit!!

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 19, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Can’t see the comparison myself. Different players Ranger is better on the ball, Owen far better off it.
    Ranger ( who I think is a fantastic prospect )
    Needs to improve on movement off the ball, anticipating play better and even heading the ball.
    Fingers crossed he gets a goal soon and that
    will give him the confidence to push on, very much like Best!

  • wynsleap

    Feb 19, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Elmander ED?
    If that’s the best we can do with £35 mill. to spend (allegedly), I wouldn’t bother

  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Feb 19, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #23

    please fellow toon fans please sign this petition to relocate the singing section
    cheerz! 😉


    Feb 19, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Elmender is a bit of a donkey

    Sturridge is potential

    We need to be looking at a top top striker
    not just strikers that are going to fit the wage structure right now . We need to up that wage structure slightly or all we will get is potential and cheapo players

    Benzema anyone?

    If Carrol had not been sold Mr Ashley would have been spending a few Million on players this summer anyway…should he add that to the £35 million received ?

    We Lost a top Striker we should be buying a top striker…we Have The Money!!!!!

    But will we go for potential Hence low wages ,
    then sell them on when they realise that potential because we wont pay the going rate in wages .

    That policy will mean one thing ..Selling club

    And mid table going nowhere. Winning nowt

    I hope thats not going to be the case ..But thats just wishfull thinking

    I know what the reality is as things stand

    We live in hope though .


  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 19, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #25

    By comparing him to Michael Owen are we saying he is an injury prone parasitic layabout then?


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