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.