Good news today from Newcastle manager about one of our young up and coming starlets.
Nile Ranger – good action shot against Birmingham
Alan Pardew is saying that 20 year-old Nile Ranger is beginning to show signs of maturity.
Ranger got his big chance when Andy Carroll, who is about 28 months older than Nile, left his home town club for Liverpool.
But Andy has played very few times for the Merseyside club since January, and we noticed he wasn’t even on the bench last night, when Liverpool trounced Fulham 5-2 at Craven Cottage, and were 3-0 up after only 16 minutes. In short, Liverpool looked awesome.
And in Kenny Dalglish’s 16 league games in charge of The Reds, he has 10 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats, and has moved Liverpool up the league into 5th place, a Europa Cup position, with two games still to play.
Nile Ranger came on again in the second half on Saturday and looked impressive, and was oh so close to scoring that first goal in the Premier League, but Ben Foster made (yet) another good save for Birmingham.
Alan Pardew had some promising words to say about the Londoner today:
“Nile’s working hard.” “Willie Donachie, Steve Stone and John Carver are in his ear trying to improve him, and he’s coming along.”
“Now we just need to see that continue.” “Nile has got lots of ability and we’re trying to get the very best out of him.”
19 year-old Amble-born striker Phil Airey, who has been in excellent goal-scoring form for the Reserves this year, may get a first team chance before the end of the season too.
And Pardew thinks it’s a good time for the youngsters to grab their chance and stake a claim for a first team squad place next season, as he continued:
“There is still competition for places in the squad. I think that the summer and pre-season will be another chance for them to stake a claim.”
“Until then they need to keep on working hard.”
We’d love for Nile Ranger to score that first PL goal ever, and certainly he looked more than lively on Saturday afternoon with a good performance in Newcastle’s much needed win, which has the team in 11th place in the league table.
It remains to be seen if manager Pardew still has enough confidence in the lad to keep him on Tyneside next season, or else ship him out to a Championship side, so he can get regular first team games.
We all know Nile is still learning his trade, but we also see improvement in the player this year, and his attitude seems to have improved since Pardew arrived ion Tyneside.
We’re hoping Nile can become the real deal at Newcastle – we’ll keep our fingers crossed on that one.