Some Patience Needed With Young Nile Ranger


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.

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38 comments so far

  • WWJBD

    May 7, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Hugely confidence based position and I still have faith he will be brilliant given time and that first PL goal.

    Look at how Best was before he got a goal against West Ham dejected and had no faith in himself then he scored and he looked a different player went on to get a hattrick 🙂

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  • Greg B

    May 7, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Nothing to do with this article but:
    http://www.football365.com/story/0,17033,8698_6917962,00.html

    For once I actually agree with Llambias!

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  • toonfan09

    May 7, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #3

    you wud think lambias would want us to hate carroll to take our minds off the what he and ashley are up to

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  • Baro

    May 7, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Nile Ranger has bags of potential and there is no reason why anybody should criticize him. A rising youngster that is extremely talented, and once he scores one goal he will add up and up and up. I really can’t wait to see the future in this kid in a couple of years. He will be one big player for us, and hopefully US is say and not L’pool. Carroll was an extremely raw player in my opinion when he was 19-20 years old, look at him now one of the best Center Forwards in the country. Just have patience…

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  • Baro

    May 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #5

    toonfan09

    agreed…

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  • toonfan09

    May 7, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #6

    anyone watching leeds vs qpr gradel possibly one of the most avegrage players ive seen and his crosses are arguably worse than routelges

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  • WWJBD

    May 7, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #7

    I find that very strange for Llambias to come out and say that…worries me to whats coming next

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  • WWJBD

    May 7, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #8

    toonfan09

    Iknow what you meaen but I have seen him in other matches looking very much better. Maybe hes just having a off day?

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  • gorskino10

    May 7, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Llambias is mearly keeping the door open, because (IF) Andy flops at Liverpool then we could of bought him back a year latter for alot cheaper then bought for.

    But typical he has a go at the fans who make this club, if you didnt have any fans you dont have a club but our board/owner is beyond pathetic

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  • toonfan09

    May 7, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #10

    i must be his bad look charm everytime i have watch him play he has had a bad game

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  • Baro

    May 7, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Llambias said that like a good bye type message, to say that they made a good profiit and made the right deal so nobody should ever criticize Llambias and ashley over that deal of they were to leave, maybe a takeover comin up…

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  • toonfan09

    May 7, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #12

    wouldnt it be class if the plan was we get 35 million he gets experince over 5 years at liverpool then he leaves on a free back to us then we get a striker in his prime and techinically we got 35 million for him

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  • WWJBD

    May 7, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #13

    I have seen two other matches with him in (not many I know) and he looked decent, not amazing but decent.

    I’d take him but equally I’d have Routledge back both good back ups

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  • toonfan09

    May 7, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #14

    lol gradel just scored a class goal

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  • WWJBD

    May 7, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #15

    haha slagging Gradel off and he scores a pretty smart goal

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  • Toonmania

    May 7, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Although to some degree i agree with Llambias, i do not agree with him having ago at the fans through the programme, it’s dam insulting to think i’ve paid good money for that prick to tell everyone that they are right or wrong

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  • toonfan09

    May 7, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #17

    maybe i shud start slagging our strikers off in our game and they might score

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  • andre29

    May 7, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Newcastle vs Birmingham veetle and flash stream hq http://stjamesstream.blogspot.com/

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  • WWJBD

    May 7, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Does anyone think QPR will actually do well in the PL? I for one dont

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  • paulcyclesworld

    May 7, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Who is this Andy person people keep on mentionning??????!?

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  • toonfan09

    May 7, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #21

    they are one of the richest clubs in the world and will probably spend more money than we will they will stay up

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  • Baro

    May 7, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #22

    I really think with the amount of money QPR owners have they will certainly spend big on a couple of players and well in Premier League. In just my own opinion they will be like the new Tottenham.

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  • WWJBD

    May 7, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #23

    I dunno the owner is looking to sell and also has the set up that the club has to pay for itself. Its been said they wont put a lot of money into it

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  • Toonmania

    May 7, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #24

    WWJBD,
    Depends on who they buy, lets not forget QPR are money rich and are actually one of the richest clubs in the country, perhaps they will end up as the next man city

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  • toonheroes

    May 7, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #25

    Can’t believe Llambias is critisizing toon fans for booing a Liverpool player. Sometimes i wonder just whos side he’s on.

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  • jwheelie12

    May 7, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Llambias is an utter disgrace to this club, contradicted himself in every sentance he said just then.

    We need him out of our club!

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  • jwheelie12

    May 7, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #27

    “Andy is a Geordie lad and a lifelong Newcastle United supporter. He worked his socks off for this football club over the years, eventually reaching the ultimate goal in landing the much-coveted No.9 shirt.

    Well it obviously wasnt the ultimate goal then if a bigger paycheck was involved?

    “The 11 goals he scored for us this season have helped stabilise the club in the Premier League.”

    And by selling him and not replacing him, it nearly helped de-stabilise the club had it not been for Besty and co

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  • coolcatcarter89

    May 7, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #28

    I like the bit when he says: “Andy should be applauded for the great things he helped us achieve at Newcastle.”

    Great things!? Does this bloke purposely try to exasperate us fans?

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  • geoff777

    May 7, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #29

    Llambias thinks the transfer was just a business transaction.

    He’s not a fan so he doesn’t see the emotions that are still involved.

    He really is so out of touch with the feelings of the NUFC fans, it’s scary that he can be in the job he’s in and be so clueless.

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 7, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #30

    When LLambias opens his moth he puts his foot in it. This just goes to prove that he knows nothing about Football, Newcastle or football fans.

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  • coolcatcarter89

    May 7, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique; Joey Barton, Cheik Tiote, Kevin Nolan (c), Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands
    Substitutes: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Ryan Donaldson, Nile Ranger, Shefki Kuqi

    Still no changes….

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  • Drona

    May 7, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #32

    what changes can you make? lol

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  • Baro

    May 7, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #33

    I hope to see James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, and Nile Ranger come on….

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  • Baro

    May 7, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #34

    Steven Taylor came in to start, and lots of youth on bench…

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  • coolcatcarter89

    May 7, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Baro – aside from the obvious, you pedant.

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  • Baro

    May 7, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #36

    coolcatcarter89

    Haha LOL!

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  • Greg B

    May 7, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #37

    Well I for 1 wish Carroll all the best (except against us) – who would have thought last season in the championship we would end up getting £35mil for a single player – I wouldnt have expected that for the WHOLE squad!!!
    Aye, Llambias see’s it more of a business deal and rightly so, the club has to be run as a business or we would go bust!
    An unpopular decision as Carroll was showing so much potential, but with injuries and court appearances I think it will show to be a great deal for NUFC.
    The only part of the deal that was stupid was doing the deal so late as to not replace the lad, other than that £35mil lump sum (no installments) as long as invested on the squad is one hell of a deal IMO.

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  • Sav

    May 8, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #38

    Good deal for Ashley.
    Its only a good deal for the club if he spends the 35 million plus whatever he was going to spend before receiving an offer we couldn’t refuse.

    It was Llambias who had the story put out that Carroll wanted to go for more money. The proven liar and streaker is a little late to stake any claim for the moral high ground. And a bit late to suddenly grow squeamish at the fans’ treatment of Carroll when he and Ashley abused KK.
    They took the money and shoved Carroll out of the club (that is my opinion) and deflected blame onto the player. Then don’t like it when the fans believe it. Tell you what, Derek, why don’t you take yourself off for a charity streak back to Essex or wherever you crawled out from and don’t bother coming back?

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