The 20 year-old Londoner Nile Ranger, who has still to score a goal in the Premier League, has given a good interview today.
Nile Ranger – still a promising youngster
One of the goals so to speak for the youngster this season, is to try to ensure he can break his duck in the Premier League, and he’ll be so much better for it, once he makes that important breakthrough.
Maybe it will come on Saturday against Birmingham, and if it does come at home, you can be sure there’s be an almighty roar from the Newcastle fans.
Nile has 26 appearances for Newcastle this season with just one goal, and in total the youngster has 56 appearances for Newcastle with 3 goals.
It seems that Alan Pardew is giving the lad consistent playing time in the last 20 minutes or so of each game this year, in the hopes that he will continue to improve his game.
One of the improvements he will have to make is be to be able to put that ball into the back of the net on a regular basis, and apparently Pardew has been working with Nile on his technique in training in doing just that.
But Ranger seems to have formed a good relationship with his manager, who initially was openly critical of the lad’s professionalism, and today Nile has thanked Pardew for the chance he’s been given this year.
Nile told the local Newcastle press corps today:
“I hope that I can put myself in the mind of the manager.” “I appreciate that the manager sees me as a good player and plays me in games, even from the bench.”
“We know that we are safe now, so mentally people are thinking towards next season.” “But everybody has to keep at it.” “We have to keep going and try to finish the season with as many wins as we can.”
“We need to pick it up and start knocking the ball about again because it gives you more confidence.”
Ranger’s only goal for the Magpies this season came in that fantastic Carling Cup victory at Chelsea way back in September, and we hope he can start finding the back of the net, and sooner rather than later.
Certainly the Newcastle fans are willing him to score his first PL goal, and he still has two home games in which to accomplish that, before the end of the season.
The 20 year-old former Southampton youngster continued:
“I don’t know if I’m going to get the chance to score.” “Hopefully the goal will come.”
“I appreciate what the manager has done for me, so it will be down to him if it does come for giving me that chance.”
Nile is currently part of the England U20 side, so the England selectors have not forgotten about him and he has been blessed with some raw footballing skills, and now the goal for him is to harness and use that skill, as he continues to learn his trade.
Alan Pardew is said to be an excellent coach with strikers, so hopefully Alan can see the lad coming through to maybe become a first team regular in the next season or two.
We’ll just have to wait and see on that one, but he still seems to have loved it this season at Newcastle:
“The season has still been a dream for me so far as a young player.” “You can’t really buy that type of education and it’s down to the manager for giving it to me.”
“It’s been my first season in the Premier League and coming on as sub at Anfield is big for me.” “To take on teams like Liverpool in the Premier League is all you can ask.”
“I’m still young. I’m only 20 and probably because the fans have seen me around for the last three years they think I’m older.” “I still have time to learn and I am still learning.”
Nile seems to have lost a little bit of his momentum over the last couple of months or so in his play, but it’s nothing that a goal and a couple of energetic performance before the end of the season from Ranger wont put right.
This lad has massive potential, and we just have to hope Alan Pardew can bring the best out of this talented youngster.