Time For Nile Ranger To Get That First PL Goal

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.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Billy1985

    May 3, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #1

    well he should start up front with ben arfa if fit but ranger for me hasnt got the heart for newcastle hes always out getting mortal in newcastle see him all the time but he cant do any worse than shola because at least rangers uses his speed and power when needed so why not we have nothing to lose up front really cause we have nowt lol

  • bills-son

    May 3, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Ranger is young but he has shown little to shout about IMO.

    When he comes on as a sub, normally late on, he runs and chases everything and looks full of energy. However the odd chance he has had he has looked a woeful finisher.

    In the one full game he played against Villa he was totally dominated by Dunne and Collins and contributed nothing.

    I hope the lad comes good but IMO I’ve seen little to back up the optimism shown by other fans.

  • solano

    May 3, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree with Bills-son…..there’s a first!

  • toonfan09

    May 3, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #4

    give him time he is further ahead than carroll at his age

    not everyone can be an overnight sensation to many times in the passed we have let players go when we shouldnt have example is shearer i wrote a biography on him when i was at uni for an assignment he was told by the newcastle scouts when he was at walsend that he was to sticky and couldnt shoot how wrong were they

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 3, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #5

    he should be sent on loan next season

  • Nolan96

    May 3, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #6

    The glimpses that get me excited was when he came on against Liverpool and Arsenal. Those games both give me shivers.

  • solano

    May 3, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Toon….Carroll went out on loan to learn the trade though…Ranger has been propelled forward with no justification for his promotion other than a lack of numbers……you have to earn the right to get in the first team and the Premiership is not a place you can afford to nurse peole through… given Nile’s previous misdemeanors I would think a Tuesday night at Grimsby could do him the world of good….

  • Brutooon

    May 3, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #8

    just my opinion, put barton centre and Nolan supporting striker and Ranger on the right winger. Ranger the way i see him, love to dribble and not the target man type….he got pace, and maybe with that he can score from midfield

  • toonfan09

    May 3, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #9

    carroll only played 11 games on loan
    yes nile has been propelled forwards before his time because of numbers and people are saying he is crap he hasnt had the chance to go anywere its not as if he asked to be put in the first team

  • jimmymagpie

    May 3, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Ashley may as well set fire to his money as give it to Pardew to spend, as he will only fill us up with West Ham, Reading, and Southampton players. This club needs serious, wise investment by someone who knows what he’s doing, including the purchase of a couple of big, strong, physical defenders, and two first class strikers at least, or else relegation has only been put on ice for 12 months.

  • Dude

    May 3, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #11

    I think once he gets his first a canny few more could follow. Oh for one to just rebound in off his arse …

  • ToT24

    May 3, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12

    we are safe now, give him a chance for starting eleven for replace Ameobi..

    It’s time to try some youngsters, including Shane Fergie..

  • loughy

    May 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #13

    send the lad out on loan to the championship next year. he is way ahead of JUDAS when he was twenty and look what a season in the championship done for him. I am pretty sure he will come good after a season slogging it in the championship

  • Sav

    May 3, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Had we not had a decimated strike force (by lack of planning, by injury and by taking the money) it would have been better all round if Nile could have been loaned out to a Championship side for regular games and goals. 20 minutes here and there has clearly been no use either to him or to Newcastle but is a result of poor planning and lack of investment.

  • Davies

    May 3, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #15

    If he isn’t scoring for fun by the end of next season, he should be sold. He needs to pull his finger out of his arse and CONCENTRATE when he’s on the pitch.

    He showed his inexperience in the Villa match, when he could have laid on two easy goals for Lovenkrands, but chose to take two very poor shots.

    If those mistakes aren’t gone in 12 months, he’ll have to go. It’s only worth investing in potential if there’s a good finished product to come at the end.

  • Davies

    May 3, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #16

    By the way, the difference between Carroll and Ranger is in their work ethic. Carroll may not have been the player Ranger is when he was 20, but he worked hard to become the player he is.

    Ranger is, reportedly, lazy. He’ll end up another Shola.

  • hanz_MLY

    May 3, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #17

    He can be that bad. He could becoming our saviour once he scores! Like Ameobi. So, why not keeping him around the team for another 10-15 years & hope he knocks some odd goals, just like Ameobi basically do.

    Another potential or just overrated player?

  • boonarmy

    May 3, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #18

    I agree i think he should be given more chances in the last 3 games although the pre season will be important for him, if he doesnt show anything then he should be sent on loan next season.

  • gorskino10

    May 3, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Still very young. But in Reserves and Youth levels he has done VERY good, but for the 1st team he really hasn’t had anytime or any luck.
    A player trys to hard to impress even in his game he started, when they try to hard it never works. Also bare in mind he has NEVER played with Best or alongside Loven or Ameobi so when trusted into a team he doesnt have a clue where to go and play and this is shown in some of his games where he just doesnt understand the places to go.

    If he gets more chances and understands his place in the team and the others know how to get the best outta Ranger then you will see his true ability.
    Why not play him and Airey upfront, both used to each other and will bring the best outta each other. if you look at Torres he doesnt understand still how Chelsea works and where he has to go and still looks clueless playing ALOT more gametime than Ranger.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 3, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #20

    gorskino10 – Spot on.

    He will come good if he has the same determination that Carroll had. I still think he should be loaned out to get the experience of playing regularly in a starting position. He has all the attributes to make it to the top. He is already a much better option than Ameobi so in time he could be very good for us. He should definitely play ahead of Ameobi – why Ameobi is still in our team playing regularly is truly a mystery to me.


    May 3, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Would anyone like to see the much talked about AIREY against Birmingham ???????

  • andyroo

    May 3, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #22

    airey should be played last game against brom!! along with shane fergie!! and ben afra cameo roll!! at the start of the season any 1 ov us would ov took 17th place. nevermind being just about safe with 3 games t go and having a dreadfull last 2 month


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