Nile Ranger Showing Great Drive And Determination At Magpies

Alan Pardew has some good news for Newcastle fans this morning,  as he says he is starting to see some major improvements in th attitude of young 19 year old striker Nile Ranger.

Nile Ranger – showing determination to succeed on Tyneside

Alan knows what he’s talking about too, because he has proved himself an excellent coach with strikers, and Newcastle fans have to hope that Ranger can come through as Andy Carroll did over this last 13 months or so.

But this time we’ll keep the London lad on Tyneside, and not cash in on him.

Pardew had immediately criticized  Ranger’s laid back attitude towards life in general and training in particular, when Alan first arrived, and criticized his very poor time-keeping as just one example of that.

But the great news this morning is that the 19 year-old has been fired up by Pardew, and he’s now starting to show the drive and determination to make it to the top.

This is what Alan said today:

“Nile is going to be vital for us between now and the end of the season.” “We keep talking about professionalism to him and he’s taking it on board.”

“His time-keeping has improved and he’s starting to improve at the training ground now on a daily basis.” “That all bodes well – he’s getting better as a player.”

“He will only get better.” “He has all of the qualities to make it. He now needs to enhance those.”

“Nile’s got such pace he actually gets under center-halves. Once he gets past them, they aren’t coming back.”

“It’s about improving his technique, something we’re working on.” “When that chance comes, he needs to take the net off with it.”

“Nile now knows that, and it’s up to him to take the chance.”

This seems a similar statement to what Alan said last Saturday, when he even compared Nile to a young Michael Owen,  who could get away from the defenders and they couldn’t catch him, because of his speed.

And there’s not doubt Nile is currently a tremendous impact sub for Newcastle,  as he seems to get through a full games’ activity in those last 20 minutes when he’s brought on, and can be a huge thorn in the sides of the opposing defenses – we love it.

It couldn’t be that Nile has seen a player just over two years older than himself get  £80K/week at Liverpool – we wonder if that could be a motivating factor? 😀

If Nile comes through as well as Andy did last year, the last thing we want is for this lad to be sold, and he’s taken big time to Newcastle and the area since he arrived 30 months ago,  so we’d want to keep this lad at the club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • super bartooon

    Feb 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Frightening prospect this lad if on song whenever he comes scares the living daylights out of the defence

  • supervil

    Feb 21, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Another example of Pardew’s good influence. Keep it going. If he can tame and shape Nile, we’ll have saved ourselves 10mil in another striker.

    We still need a main striker next year like…


    Feb 21, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Newcastle need to pull out all the stops to bring the best out of him and if they succeed we will have a fabulous player on our hands.

  • G

    Feb 21, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #4

    I think everyone is agreed, that Nile is a fantastic prospect, however, his development seems to have stagnated, possibly due to his well documented lack of effort. Hopefully, what AP is telling us, that that lack of effort is a thing of the past, and we should also hopefully be able to see NR for what he really is. A bloody frighteningly good football player.

  • ArtyH

    Feb 21, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #5

    I think we will see a certain Phil Airey emerge this season or early next season. He is a local lad and would give everything for the club.


  • connor_nufc

    Feb 21, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #6

    We thought about andy carroll but he.put money in front of the club


    Feb 21, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Remember Romario ?

    Trouble and Unmanageable according to Wor Bobby ..But a hell of a striker.

    Wayne Rooney Still screaming at Ref’s ..Fergie says he needs that fire in him to perform..So he gets away with it ..The Man U syndrome .

    Don’t put Nile in too much of a straight Jacket .

    Is Wayne Rooney Burnt out ? too much to soon , too much money?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 21, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #8

    ONLINE GUY – Good points made.

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 21, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #9

    I think the jury is still out on his finishing ability in the Prem. He looks more settled and willing to work recently which can only be good news for us. Definitely need a striker in the summer though. We are building a good but thin squad but a few losses in the summer like Jose would be a disaster. We’ll be watching this owner carefully as always. His motives have always been questionable.


    Feb 21, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #10


    Thanks mate.

  • Alinufc

    Feb 21, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #11

    i think ranger has been very unlucky personally… yes he has missed quite alot of shots recently but i remember a strike by him a couple weeks ago (maybe sunderland) and any other game it would have been a goal!!


    Feb 21, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #12

    nile will come good, he’s two years younger than wor andy so we’re in no rush… i remember when andy first got his break in our relegation season, he was off the pace and missed some sitters and look what came of him? patience and the right kind of support will see him come good


    Feb 21, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Ranger is a stud!


  • henock1989

    Feb 22, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #14

    needs improvement we dont want another shola!!


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