Nile Ranger has given a good interview to the Evening Chronicle today.
Nile Ranger - in action at Aston Villa
Nile has now been on Tyneside coming up to three years, and he knows full well about the Newcastle’s famous history and that sacred number 9 shirt.
Ranger rightly shies away from any comparisons to the recently departed local lad Andy Carroll, who had the distinct privilege of wearing the famous number 9 shirt for half a season on Tyneside, before seeking richer pastures at Liverpool.
The England U-20 International talked about the number 9 shirt:
“The No 9 shirt is sacred, and I wouldn’t want to talk about it too much.” “Obviously it’s a target at the back of my mind, but it’s every striker’s dream to get it.”
“Alan Shearer and a whole load of other legends have worn it.” “But I am not even thinking about that at present.” “I’m just working hard and I am just establishing myself.”
“I wouldn’t dream of coming out and saying that.” I will just work hard and keep going. You just have to keep rattling away.”
Those are wise words from Ranger, because he’ll have to earn the right to wear that number 9 shirt.
And if Newcastle fail to bring in a top notch striker this summer – we hope they bring in a top striker of course – then the number 9 shirt should remain in cold storage.
We were told there were rumors in Shearer’s Bar yesterday that Newcastle were trying to do a deal for German International Mario Gómez.
That’s a great rumor but unlikely to be true. 25 year-old Gomez has scored 139 goals in 245 club appearances in the Bundesliga, but why would he leave perennial Champions League club Bayern Munich for Newcastle?
We always thought that Oba Martins just wasn’t good enough to be given the number 9 shirt at Newcastle, and it should be kept for top goal scorers in the Hughie Gallagher, Jackie Milburn, Malcolm Macdonald and Alan Shearer tradition.
There’s a chance Nile Ranger could eventually win the shirt, and the 6’2″ Londoner knows that full well, and it should be a considerable incentive to Nile to continue making progress in his chosen profession, on the banks of the River Tyne.