Magpie Nile Ranger Becoming The Real Deal?

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.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    May 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #1

    He is not the target man striker, he is more on dribbling defenders and love to bring the ball forward

    I reckon maybe put him on the right winger? where he can get the ball and dribble past defenders


    May 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #2

    He has a lot to prove but if we get two good strikers then he isnt going to get many chances in our squad. Loan him out to a decent championship team Forest or Leeds with him having a set number of starts and let him develop there.

    Or loan him to Bolton and let Coyle work his magic

  • Mac

    May 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Not a bad shout.I wouldn’t mind seeing Ranger out on the wing. That’s is where Henry started.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 10, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Hes a strange one nile….hes pace and strength certainly upsets defenders off the bench but hes technique does seem to be lacking.

    I remember against spurs he turned dawson inside out in the area….but other times he doesnt seem good on the ball…he has flashes of skill but there is a heck of alot to work on.

  • Danj_008

    May 10, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #5

    He’s only 20, and has a lot to learn, I’d rather him play in the last 2 games than shola. the only way you learn is by playing games.. He had a good run at goal the other day, but looked lost once he got there… Made a good pass tho. Again that comes down to playing games..


    May 10, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #6

    U can’t play ranger on the wing he’s 6″2″ !!!!!!!ok he’s not andy Carroll but he is decent in the air!!!if airey is what he is made out to be, they could be a good partnership in the future!!!

  • gorskino10

    May 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Ranger would suit the French Striker style, Like Benzema/Anelka/Henry all starting from the wing and cutting in thing is from that if you dont score you can pass the ball on and assist your other winger/striker. He has the raw pace to get behind defenders and the 2 best chances he had was from the wings if he improves this he could be a good striker/winger for us. EVEN if he doesnt score, You can see his reserve/youth past he has a history of banging in loads of goals. he just needs to get a good run and get some goals then you will see the Ranger we want to see.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 10, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #8

    He is a real puzzle. Can’t deny he has talent. I saw him play really well for England U-19s but his attitude stinks and he seems really selfish with the ball in front of goal. Can’t say he looks like the real deal yet by a long shot. A loan move seems right if we get some decent strikers in. If Blackpool stay up maybe they would be about right (although the Blackpool night life might be too much of a temptation). How about a loan to Villa? Don’t like them but Houlier is supposed to be very good with youngsters.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 10, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Ranger has a great leap on him and was getting his head to the ball ahead of collins so i certaibly thibk he can play as a target man…..but at the moment hes not strong enough after winning the header.and the headers are usually going nowhere….some sessiona with jose for upper body strength and i think he will win just as many headera as carroll

    Can i just point out there werw numerous people on here last season sayung carroll was not good enough and we should offload him…..year later hw fethes 35million…

  • Billy1985

    May 10, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #10

    ranger would be good if he stayed on his feet he has done nothing special for first team really should get his priorities right before he gets proper chance his always out on the drink…..think he his better than what he is, when him and jones left southampton we got the shi tter player out the two…….he has been playing worse than ameobi which should also just take a long walk off a short peir glad to hear best might be back much better than ranger and ameobi.

  • GeordieGerman

    May 10, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Robby Bobson, I think you should buy a new keyboard.


    May 10, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Who wants Henry! he,s more or less ready for his bus-pass mon!

    The players we need are another Tiote type player to replace the Sheik when he gets suspended and a Left-back to replace Jose when he goes, ( if he goes? ).
    With Ranger coming through and Airey too! Vukic is also almost ready for first team football. Also not forgetting Ben Arfa and Gosling to return from injury!

    I can,t understand why so many people on here are negative about our future prospects!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 10, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #13

    he is a lot better than carroll was at his age the thing is tat can he improve more

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 10, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew is bigging up his squad to deflect the “We need new players” Headlines.
    True we have some great players but none of them is a 15+ a season top flight striker.

    Nile Ranger looking good for West Ham next season me thinks!

  • loughy

    May 10, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #15

    I think this lad need to go to a championship club next season to give him the experience he needs we all seen what it done for the Judas. I think he will come back a better player than AC has ever been. he is a hell of a lot quicker more skillful and is as strong as ten men when he wants to be.

  • acuna

    May 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #16

    real deal?ah……no!we wont see too much of Nile Ranger from next season on.thank many chances can a guy have to make a name for himself whilst we are short on striker and fail…with the exception of Liverpool at home, in terms of an impact performance.When I think of Nile Ranger I’ll think of Fulham away.Utterly useless.

  • Rusbjerg11

    May 10, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Nile Ranger is the NEW STAR PLAYER!!

  • loughy

    May 10, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #18

    acuna i recall him being slightly instrumental in the arsenal come back if my memory is correct. Look the lads not upto at the minute and maybe this season is a bit too early for him but give the lad a chance he has hardly had the time to shine being the 15 minute sub. but when he does come on 9 times out of 10 he changes the game because he runs and chases and he isnt scared of anything. my younger cousin used to play against him a few years ago and even then you could see the quality its raw and need nurturing

  • The Entertainers

    May 10, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Huge Ranger fan, look at Carroll who took his time to get amongst the goals. Ranger is a better all round player than Andy at similar times in their careers.
    But really believe a season out on loan would benefit him greatly.
    Look at Vela, Welbeck, Cleverly etc they are all around the same age as Ranger if not older. For me’ loan to a mid table or decent CCC club. Even out to Boro, so we can still bring him back once it twice a week.

  • moonraker

    May 10, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Andy Carroll only developed the way he did cos he was given an extended run cos we had no one else to put in the team.

    Keep playing Ranger off the bench and he will become better than AC imo. Think once he gets a couple of goals he will gain confidence and come on no end.

    But we need a top, top centre forward who can dominate and aint scared of the number 9 shirt and lets face it you have to have balls to wear that shirt without fear at Newcastle.

    Lets hope Carr works another miracle a’la Tiote and comes up with somebody from Europe or South America

  • PoolieToon

    May 10, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Tell u what agains the Brum, Ranger definately looked the part, I think its starting to sink in with him.

    The Villa game where he started frustrated me when he took the shot on goal when he coulda played Loverboy in. You could see then he had raw skill but he was selfish to get the goal and not thinking about the game.
    The Brum game when he was on the counter-attack I was sure he would of took the shot an wasted it, but instead he held the ball up with great skill and waited till someome else was in a position to take it.

    In short he is thinking like a team player and with his technical skill I think he will bring more people into the game to create some realistic chances that wont result in Shola skying it.

  • dazza

    May 10, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Ranger not a target man?! Play him on the wing!?

    I don’t understand how opinions can differ so much.

    The guy is absolutely a target man, watch him play. He wins most headers (that includes against Collins and Dunne) and has a very good first touch. His first instinct is to take the ball with his back to goal, pass and move up the field, doesn’t get more ‘target’ than that.

    He might not have scored but he does everything else correct. The goals will come and we will have a real player on our hands. The only concern is that he does a Michael Johnson and lets his social ambitions destroy his very promising career.

  • dazza

    May 10, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #23

    Steve Harper on Nile Ranger… “Yea, he’s a good target man.” – 2:20

    I tend to believe Mr. Harper.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 10, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #24


    Haha using my new smart phone and cant get used to the small keyboard on the screen!!!!

  • MadAboutToon

    May 10, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #25

    ranger to start at chelsea, hope you do the double against them and get that 1st PL goal, and end this goal drought. i believe there’ll be plenty more after that. just look at last season he was getting slagged for not scoring, calling him nil ranger. but after the his 1st he did alright, scored a few and looked good but hughton never kept the faith in him. he needs to start a few games. but i don’t think him and loverman going to work up front, has to be ameobi or best, if fit

  • Brutooon

    May 11, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #26

    Henry one of the best striker ever to play at the Premierleague and he first start at the wings.

    Ranger subs appearance are based on our long ball strategy but Ranger’s strength is his pace.

    Come on, the next 2 games are just finishing the fixtures, give that lad the 90 mins.

  • shear-class

    May 11, 2011 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #27

    Real Deal dont make me laugh Alan shearer was the real deal as was Ruud Vanistelrooy ,Thierry Henry etc but for somebody not to have scored a premier league goal to be called real deal Ha!

  • Davies

    May 11, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #28

    Ranger needs to pull his finger out. He’s been an “exciting prospect” for two or three years now.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 11, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #29

    Davies – I think Ranger has pulled his finger out recently. He has been improving lately and his shots are now seemingly on target. He has been very unfortunate not to score sometimes and missed some real sitters on other times. Missing those sitters is down to his low confidence. Once he grabs a goal or two he will be on a high and really develop. He needs more playing time though. I really hate to see Ameobi ahead of him in the pecking order, it’s slowing Ranger’s progress and we all know Ameobi will never become anything.

    We could bring in a retired striker like Shearer to help him on his technique on shooting, holding the ball and heading. That will do him better than playing out on loan I think.

    If he goes out on loan it will do him well but only to a good team with good coaches and somewhere where he will play from the start in most games.

    Now Ranger and Best up front are our two best options with Lovenkrands coming from the bench.

  • solano

    May 12, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #30

    JP….priceless stuff…..”SHOTS NOW SEEMINGLY ON TARGET” ??!! He’s a striker for goodness sake….and not a very good one at the moment…..talent, yes, but with a horrible ego and a questionable attitude that the club has done nothing to curb by his undue promotion into the first team squad as “the next best thing”…….he should be loaned out elsewhere to learn the game before he returns… if we jettison Ameobi (undoubtedly and unfortunately, our best striker) and go into next season with Nil, Lionel Ritchie and Lovenkrands then it will be a highway to Championship football.


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