Nile Ranger Can Become Great Player For Newcastle

We had an article out earlier today asking Newcastle fans to be a little bit more patient with 20 year old Nile Ranger.

Nile Ranger – in action on Sunday

And Alan Pardew has come out today and said he is going to persevere with Nile, and that the lad will learn a lot from his first start in the Premier League on Sunday at Villa Park.

The Newcastle boss said he was straight to the point with the youngster after the game, and told Nile things he hadn’t been doing, and we know there is still much improvement to come from this youngster.

But Nile has so much raw natural talent, that Pardew seems even excited about developing the 20 year-old 6’2″ striker.

Pardew talked about Ranger to the local Newcastle press today:

“He will be a good player for us and he could be a great player for us – but he needs to improve.” “That was his first start and he will learn from that.”

“Goals do change games.” “Nile had a big opportunity to either finish it or put Peter in.” “It is decisions like that he needs to learn from.”

“Down the sides against Villa when he was running at center-halves was an issue too.” “His link-up play is also something he has to work on. He is aware of that.”

Nile has just turned 20 and and what Nile needs to do to improve his game, is nothing much different than we heard about Andy Carroll’s game a couple of years ago.

Carroll has come on a ton this season, and he looked superb last night, as he seemed to terrify the experienced Manchester City defense.

And we have to hope, that with good coaching from Pardew and the Newcastle coaching staff, and an indelible desire from Nile to become a great player – he can become just that.

He didn’t have a good game on Sunday, but neither did a lot of other players, who were much more experienced than young Nile.

We still have great faith in this Cockney lad, and let’s give the lad some slack, as he continues to learn his trade.

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • danf98

    Apr 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #1

    ed your starting to piss us off now like.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #2

    give him another season, by 21 if he is not improving then SELL him!

  • ganiyu

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #3

    sell him

  • normag

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #4

    And if he becomes great and scores ten goals, just sell him half way into the season…..

  • Brutooon

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #5

    let him score 11 goals then sell him for 40 million

  • G

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #6

    I know I’m starting to sound like a scratched record here, but I still have that feeling that NR is going to be pretty special. I think it’s approaching make or break time with him now though, so what I would like to see is enough cover in the squad to send him on loan next season, either to the Championship, or a foreign league and let him cut his teeth in the first team for an extended period. If they can get him out even for the first half of next season I suspect it would do him the world of good.

  • toonturtle

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Hopefully he will be down the pecking order next season, due to our dealings in the transfer window. Then I would send him out on loan and see how he goes.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Great player for sure, but he can’t stay focused for 90 mins.

  • ganiyu

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Sell s.taylor ,sell guthrie,sell ranger, sell barton, sell jose because they give problems one way or the other.give kuqi and shola more first team football.

  • ganiyu

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #10

    With 50 million,get k.jones from stoke,

  • ToonAndy

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Ganiyu – let’s not…

    If a bid came in for 2-3 million for ranger in the summer I’ll go to his and help him pack… Absolutely shite and has no potential…

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #12

    STOP MENTIONING carroll s name in every single REPORT OF UR S

  • Klatoon

    Apr 12, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #13


  • normag

    Apr 12, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #14


    Most said that about Carroll also. He bacame great, and think Ranger is better now than carroll was two years ago. Like carroll, ranger scores goles at a lower level. He will do it in the prem also!

  • Klatoon

    Apr 12, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #15




  • madman67

    Apr 12, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #16

    watched him play for reserves a few times last season, nd maybe the 1 b4 that. def stood out, however he’s now a small fish in a big bowl. he just doesnt seem to up his game, he CANT SCORE GOALS. how many chances must he miss b4 people understand this rather obvious fact.

    as for his future at toon, im not that bothered. give him another season or sell him. i hope phil airey gets some 1st team exp, seen this lad play few times nd reckon he will score goals given the same opportunities ranger has had.

  • Davies

    Apr 12, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #17

    A bright future is Nile Ranger’s to throw away. He’s come a long way from the trouble maker we picked up from Southampton, but his attitude always seems to be in question.

    When Shola gets put on the team sheet, the amount of people that say Ranger should play instead is usually staggering. It’s interesting that, when he does finally get a start because of injury, he plays a stinker and people are now saying we should sell him.

    Let him play out the rest of the season as an impact sub and then loan him out next season. If he doesn’t flourish, sell him. If he improves, keep him. As long as he plays in the black and white, he’ll have my full support, but he has a lot to learn and he needs to learn it quickly.

  • chuck

    Apr 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Look the guy comes on for ten or fifteen minutes and puts himself about, looking good.
    It`s another story playing ninety minutes, where he looked lost at times and link up play ? awfull !
    This kid needs a lot more time and should be playing with the reserves on a regular basis, with somebody to coach him , cause he`s got a lot to learn.

  • Mavis

    Apr 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Kids not good enough, can run, can’t shoot as has no awareness. He needs to go on loan somewhere for sure. He could and should have played Lovenkrands in twice on Sunday and shotly weekly both times. Very disapointing.

  • danuneek

    Apr 12, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #20

    I have to admit Ranger has not impressed me. The simple thuth is if he was going to be a class player he would have shown that by now, regardless of his age and experience. He can still be an important player perhaps, but for that to happen he should be loaned out to the championship next season.

    I think its time for us to replace him with Phil Airey, this boy has got the right attitude and is scoring for fun in the reserves. Its risky, but I’m under the opinion if a player looks good play him.

    Team for next game:



    —————–Ireland Nolan

    worth a gamble surely

  • geoff777

    Apr 12, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #21

    The lad needs games under his belt.
    It might be better if it is away from the “Goldfish Bowl” if the young players at the club are going to be savaged by their own fans.

    He should have been substituted earlier.
    The occasion and adrenalin sapped his energy.
    Six more games.
    A good pre-season and the lad will be stronger and wiser for it.

    He’s a real prospect, please give him time by being patient.

    Guthrie too, he’s a good solid player.

    The problem’s in the board room.

  • geoff777

    Apr 12, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #22


    Worth a gamble if you want a fine and points deduction from the F.A.

    Nolan is suspended.

    Plus terrible for Nile’s confidence dropping him after his first start.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Apr 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #23

    give up him. See, Carroll is the difference type
    Ranger cannot not replace him. No no.9 at newcastle united now

  • beefman13

    Apr 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #24

    i would like to see him go out on loan next season, of course we will have to aquire a new striker but the lad needs regular football at the moment he is far from the finished article and to be honest always flatters to deceive,i know talent is there regular fooie might bring the talent to fruition, at the moment though the coin is in the air about him.

  • davcon22

    Apr 12, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Get rid!! I’d kill to play for the “toon” as would thousands of over younguns,all we here is he’s talented,but doesnt put the work in andhis discipline’s lacking etc etc.
    How longs has he been at Newcastle now,long enough to buck his idea’s up.

  • danuneek

    Apr 12, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #26


    didn’t realise Nolan was banned for that game as well. Keep Ranger and play him with Airey instead.

    Simpson Williamson Colo Enrique
    Barton Tiote Ireland/Guthrie Jonas
    Ranger Airey

  • liam85

    Apr 12, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Why don’t we put him out on loan to get some first game experiences? just for a year or so…

  • boater

    Apr 12, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #28

    @davies is 100% dead right. It just HAS to be one extreme or another with yees. He’s either our messiah striker saviour messi- cum- shearer or he’s useless and has to be sold.

    We would have had a draw with a more experienced player in his place – as he fluffed 3 or 4 good lines. But the fact that we have an injury crisis is down to poor management by the club.

  • Jose Enrique

    Apr 12, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #29


    Before the Villa game fans have been saying start Ranger over Lovenkrands. And now after one game where he played O.K. against two very good CBs everyone is saying sell him.

    Hes only 20 and ovbiously has to improve but he definitely will.

    The best thing for him next season would to be sent out on loan to a championship team because he looked a bit tired after 60mins. But what do you expect, he hasnt played more then 30 minutes in a game for about a year.

    Coach him properly and he could be playing for England soon. We cant just get rid of a talent like him.

  • Hawaiian Geordie

    Apr 12, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #30

    everybody needs to calm down. IT WAS HIS FIRST START. HE HAS JUST TURNED 20 YEARS OLD. remember judas a couple of years ago? we almost sold him to some championship club.

    i think it is equally likely we will loan him out next season after we buy a few good strikers, or keep him, as he will have come on in the summer and after playing a few more games this season.

    i can’t understand all the negativity surrounding his first full debut for the toon. he’s looked class in his substitute appearances (so unfortunate not to score against bolton, just a whisker offside) and there’s no reason why he can’t continue learning and improving.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 12, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #31

    The best place to send Ranger, Vuckic and a few others next season, is Holland.

  • Sir Alan

    Apr 12, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #32

    How can anyone say sell Ranger? Does nobody remember the Liverpool game, when he destroyed and bullied their defence, or the Arsenal game where he came on and looked the brightest player on he pitch before getting koscielny sent off? His pace is frightening and Lovernkrands isn’t much better than the lad himself.

  • NorseToonBrann

    Apr 12, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #33

    he is going to be great player but send him on loan nest season to a championship club. do it

  • jimiley

    Apr 12, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Only read the headline. Bollocks. You need to take the black and white shades off.

  • gorskino10

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #35

    Maybe loan him out but he is still young, he has good height, decent in the air, exciting type of player who is defo a confedence type player much like Torres, He needs to have a good loan spell and then come back and get his first EPL goal for us THEN YOU will see the true Ranger, Also the poor game at weekend may of told him he isnt ready and might of shocked him a bit. you may see a more improved version not phyiscally but mentally.

    But can we afford to loan him out while also getting rid of around 6+ players (Kuqi,Xisco,Routledge etc..) while we have the 2nd smallest squad in the league ahead of Blackpool.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 13, 2011 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #36

    Owen, Rooney, Shearer are already banging goals FOR FUN when they reach 20 yrs old.

    If you dont take your chances, then its Airey next

  • Brutooon

    Apr 13, 2011 at 3:46 AM

    Comment #37

    I think Ranger got the influence by Shola Ameobi – lazy and inconsistency. I wish he got a good mentor to learn from….

  • Sav

    Apr 13, 2011 at 4:08 AM

    Comment #38

    Ranger is fine for a rookie but pards and Co. have painted themselves into a corner selling AC on deadline day so you just knew best and Shola would get crocked – after all – this IS Newcastle.

  • solano

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #39

    He should not be anywhere near a premiership team from what I have seen…..goals make strikers and he is certainly lacking in them! A loan to a Championship team may have benefitted him this season but our investment program in January meant he has rocketed up the rankings…..this may well be to the detriment of him in the long term and the team in the short term.
    I have to say, I watched Shola at the same age and thought he was a far better player than “Nil”…..I would be surprised if Ranger could convince 10 Newcastle managers of his talent like Ameobi has….and I certainly don’t think he can afford to blow whatever he has, like our number 1 striker, the beloved Stroller Ameobi


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