20 year-old Nile Ranger is being compared to Andy Carroll.
Nile Ranger – patience is what’s required with this youngster
The comparison is only as a young footballer of course, with Andy being a local lad and Nile being a Londoner.
But Newcastle fans have got to realize that Andy was not a good goal scorer at all until he was told in December of 2009 by then manager Chris Hughton that he had to score more goals.
Andy had scored only three in that first part of the season but then went onto score 16 goals in 2001 in the Championship, and then he carried on in the Premier League with 11 goals for Newcastle before he moved to Liverpool.
So in 2010 Andy scored 25 goals, but in 2009 he had scored only 5, so you see what we mean.
Alan Pardew seems to have enough confidence in the raw but talented youngster as he told the local Newcastle press corps today:
“With Nile, it’s not psychological, because I don’t think he suffers from that.” “He’s a confident guy. I think he just genuinely needs a break.”
“I think he’s understood the game, and since I’ve come here he’s definitely improved.”
“Nile has improved as I say – over a five or six-month period – and pre-season he’ll definitely improve again.”
“We’ll have to see where he is then. But he’s a threat.” “Maybe your time comes when you’re ready.”
Most fans remember when Nile somehow missed an open goal from just 5 yards out against West Ham, or was it 4 yards out, when he just had to plonk it in the goal, but amazingly he hit the ball about 8 foot wide.
That’s when I started looking for my boots, because I could have even put that one in, my wife could have, Harry Redknapp’s wife could have ……… well you know what I mean.
It was the sitter of all sitters to miss, and Alan was asked if that had damaged Nile’s confidence at all:
“Maybe he missed that goal because of flaws in his game, but the next chance he gets, if he concentrates and uses the right technique, he’ll score.
“That will arm him and give him confidence to try other things he can do.” “He can cause center- halves problems.”
After Nile missed that chance Alan said he was working with Nile on his technique, so that must have proved something to Pardew about improvements required in Ranger’s game.
But the lad has just turned 20, and they are just learning their trade, and you have to have patience with the Newcastle youngsters.
It will be huge for Nile when he gets his first PL goal – and hey – it could even be this afternoon.
For Nile’s sake and Newcastle’s sake we hope he does exactly that.