Nile Ranger Could Be Absolutely Frightening When He’s 23


We were a little bit surprised and even a little disappointed at the heavy adverse criticism 20 year old striker Nile Ranger received for his performance last Sunday at Villa Park.

Nile Ranger – in action against Richard Dunne last Sunday

While he started off well in the game, he seemed to get lost in the second half and he probably should have been brought off after around 60 minutes and Shefki Kuqi given a chance.

But this lad has only turned 20, and at the same age, it was back in January of 2009 when Andy Carroll turned 20, and he was just starting to get some first team appearances .

These youngsters are still learning their trade and it turns out that Alan Pardew has had a talk with the London lad and asked him what he learned from last Sunday, and Alan said Nile came up with all the right answers.

In fact when Nile is brought on against Manchester United in the second half on Tuesday night, we even expect him to put in an all action performance, and who knows he could get that first Premier league goal for Newcastle.

Alan Pardew seems to know exactly what he is doing with the young striker, and didn’t think he was ready to start for Newcastle, although many fans wanted him to start, and Alan was proved right, and he thinks more substitute appearances is how to build up both Ranger’s experience and confidence too.

This is what Alan told the Sunday Sun today:

“I think at the start of the Villa game he showed the potential he’s got, but slowly during the game his confidence waned a bit,” “Maybe he hasn’t got the experience to cope with a defender working him out a bit.”

“Two experienced center- halves worked him out eventually and kept him quiet in the end.” “He needs to have a Plan B – what do you do then? That experience will come to him.” “He is a guy with great potential. He’s got massive power for a 20-year-old – he could be absolutely frightening when he’s 23.”

“Probably against Man United, with 20 minutes to go, he’ll be a fantastic substitution for us, but a lot of young players burst on the scene that way.” “They need to have bits of games and the odd start here and there and learn from it.”

“Nile came in and saw me after the Villa game and I asked him ‘What did you learn from it?’ He said all the right things. He understood what happened and it will bode well for him.” “So we will continue to work with him. I said his role was more of an impact this year, but I see him on the training ground, I know what he’s got.”

It’s always a delicate time when you have a youngster who shows enormous potential, and they are often up and down in their performances, and consistency and know-how only come with experience – which is a lot more playing time.

Nile Ranger could still turn out to be great player for Newcastle, and remember he’s 28 months younger than a certain Andrew Carroll.

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16 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 17, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #1

    ya he could be an awesome player for us if we keep him

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  • arfa chance

    Apr 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Give him time to make mistakes and if he gets that mentality of taking key learning to improve he could be very good.

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  • nufc.sam

    Apr 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Saw Vidic get causght flat footed a couple of times in the semi final yesterday, one time being Citys goal.

    I think Ranger will really cause him problems last 20 on Tuesday night!

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  • danuneek

    Apr 17, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Personally I think we should stop ‘bigging’ this player up. Not because he hasn’t got the ability, although I feel he’s yet to show that, but because its just going to place pressure on the lad.

    Also its all the articles like this that trigger that criticism, when everybody is saying he’s going to as good as Carroll and going completely overboard, its natural for people to say “hold on, I dont think he is”.

    Lets just cut back on the Ranger “going to be world class” articles and perhaps the criticism will stop as well.

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  • acuna

    Apr 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Bambi on ice!!!

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  • krizman1988

    Apr 17, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #6

    stop mentioning andy carroll- get over it!

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  • gorskino10

    Apr 17, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #7

    I see him in a year or so being moved to RW/LW, IF HE doesnt start scoring. Thing is i hope we keep with him, he is still a raw talent is still ONLY 20! He just needs to get his head down HOPEFULLY have a good loan spell.

    BTW i hope just hope Pardew watched the league he is suited to manager (The Championship) Fabio Borini is FREE in the summer, 19 and this season has a CRAZY youth record scores more than Sturridge in the youth.
    Borini is on loan at Swansea and showed his class scoring 4 goals in 5 games, why dont we try getting this guy he would be a revelation at us and could make a big name for Fabio.

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  • toonincheek

    Apr 17, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #8

    I see it as a real positive that Ranger understands why he is regarded ATM as an impact sub.
    I reckoned he would have been thinking he should start every time, based on his impact’ appearances – glad to see that isn’t so.

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  • Sav

    Apr 17, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Can’t agree with that summary – its your blog, Ed, but I thought quite a lot of posters took the view it was a bridge too far for young Nile to lead the line for 90 minutes. On the other hand, we were right to be critical of and frustrated with the club for leaving itself wide open to having to rely on young Nile by selling Carroll without even a replacement.

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  • Thump

    Apr 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #10

    We were a little bit surprised and even a little disappointed at the heavy adverse criticism 20 year old striker Nile Ranger received for his performance last Sunday at Villa Park.

    Get off your high horse, Ed – you were involved in it too.

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  • BeeGuy

    Apr 17, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #11

    I’ve finally decided what really gutted me about the sale of Carroll. The squad on the field lost a good portion of it’s soul. Local lad, great talent, fairy tale story. Ranger could wipe away those hurts if he finds himself in the next few years and has the supporting cast to take the Toon to the top.

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  • heavenfire

    Apr 17, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Another really positive post, Ed. Keep up the good work – and yes, Nile could be really great for us if he’s nurtured and applies himself well. Negativism at Toon will have undermined the confidence and motivation of a good many players.

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  • Mavis

    Apr 17, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Kids not interested in becoming better. All he is interested in is going to the Casino.

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 17, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #14

    sorry , cant agree with this “too young, still learning, rant, he hasnt scored, dosent look like scoring, whats everyone waiting for ,? a miricle?either loan him out, or try him in a different position, jack wiltshire (19) now theres a player to be worried about when he s 23.

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  • jimiley

    Apr 17, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #15

    This lad has unbelievable potential. He is much better than Jack Wopshire and will be e great player in 3 years time. He has been really unlucky not to have scored at least six goals so far. He will be a great goalscorer at 23 and unplayable at 28.

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  • MadAboutToon

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #16

    ranger needs someone to lay the ball off for him, someone like shola. i think what happened at villa was, that ranger was doing the laying off and thats not his game. ranger and lovenkands was never going to work, i’d like shola and ranger to start against manutd then we can judge him and see if he’s ready to start

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