Young Newcastle Striker Hits Goal Trail

It seems that Alan Pardew has lost patience with 20 year-old striker Nile Ranger.

Nile Ranger scoring his second goal yesterday at Spennymoor

And one thing Nile found difficult last season was to score goals, and in 58 total appearances for Newcastle, most of which were second half substitutions, he has scored only 3 goals for the Magpies.

And no doubt Alan Pardew has told the youngster he needs to add goals to his game, and that seems that’s what he’s intent on doing.

Ranger scored against Almere City in the last  game of the Reserve Squad’s tour of Holland last Tuesday, and he scored a couple of goals  yesterday as the Newcastle Reserves beat  Northern League champions Spennymoor United 4-2.

This is what the London born striker said after the game:

“It’s always good to go out and get games,” “Obviously not being involved with the first-team is not the best thing, but getting games and getting fit is helpful – and hopefully going and scoring a couple of goals will do me no harm.”

“Ryan Donaldson got brought down in the box for my first. I wanted to take it straight away, and I put it in the back of the net.”

“And the second was definitely one of my better ones. I was out on the right, came inside, took the ball past one player, another one dived in and I faked to shoot, then another one dived in but I saw the corner and put it in there.”

“Scoring goals will do me no harm at all so whether it’s for the first-team or the Reserves, I’ll just keep on scoring goals.”

As Nile points out, the first goal was a penalty, but the second was a fine individual effort from the youngster.

It’s no secret that Nile wants to stay at Newcastle, and we have no idea what will happen this summer,  and whether Newcastle will sell him.

But from what we can tell, that’s exactly what Newcastle want to do.

We think he still has a lot of improvement to make, and it may be a little too early to sell him, although a one year loan deal would probably be the best thing for both parties, and then Newcastle can determine how he does when he gets regular games.

And news today that Millwall want to buy the young striker, and they have joined Birmingham and Blackpool, who are also interested in the youngster.

The  Tangerines failed to agree personal terms with Ranger a few weeks ago, after agreeing  a fee with Newcastle, and of course Chris Hughton is keen to take him to Birmingham, but on a season long loan deal.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    id send nile on loan but i wouldnt sell him, n i say yannick djalo or jermaine lens is who we should go after

  • Dannyo

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    The Sun is saying we’re in for Beckford cause of his “blistering” pace, and he had an excellent end of last season.
    But why on earth are we going after Beckford when we have Nile Ranger.
    They’re the same type of players!!

    Something tells me we’re after someone we dont know about.
    Sun is saying we’ve yet to bid on Erdinc…

  • KingforToon

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    any link for today’s match?
    i can’t see anything about newcastle on

  • Edd Case

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Nile has the skill and technique to be really, really good and definitely England material.

    I think Pardew’s been playing a mental game with him to get him into touch.

    I don’t think he was ever up for sale, he’s a raw talent with a bit of fire in him, some of the worlds best ever players were like that….

    Nile isn’t that class yet but he’s got that potential.

    We must keep him.

    Ba, Ameobi, Best, Ranger and Airey for me.
    Loven can go.

  • ginkoh

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Loan him to CCC to get regular first team and see how far he can go. Last season for him is disappoint in term of attitude and result. How many times he got clearly cut chance and waste it.

  • Milner

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #6

    lufc tv – cost £11


    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Airey bangs in goals for fun for the reserves and doesn’t have a attitude problem….just pointing that out

  • kilcline

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #8

    He must go on loan to see what he can do.

    Pardrew is an idiot.

  • KingforToon

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9


    no link for free?

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #10

    It’s two years today since the death of sir Bobby Robson.

  • geoff777

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Nile’s got a 5 year contract.

    Loan him out for two seasons – the other club covers his wages at least.

    Then see if he’s a goal-machine. His value can only go up.

    Stupid to sell him now for peanuts.

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #12

    send nile to clarky at huddersfield, he gets plenty of games and a culture shock. Win Win


    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #13

    There will be links.. I’ll post some at about 10 to 2 lads


    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    RIP Sir Bobby

  • davybtoon

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #15

    dont kno whether to subscribe to lutv i really wanna watch the match

  • Jawdboy

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #16

    It seems we’re rejecting all loan bids if papers are to be believed.

    I suspect minds have been made up and for whatever reason (gun photo / attitude to training etc…) the club want to get money now.

    I’d still like to see him given a chance to be honest – would much rather see him than Lovenkrands who does nothing for me.

    5 year contract means nothing anymore – this is just to save losing players for free or cheap near end of contract


    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #17

    Don’t waste ya cash haha. Streams will be on mate

  • davybtoon

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    i dont think the papers kno who we want or who we want rid of the journal/chronicle were saying we wanted best out only for them to run story this week best saying hes staying n pardew has always wanted him to stay proof they kno nothing douglas, ryder kno nowt

  • toonfan76

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #19

    Just wanted to say R.I.P Sir Bobby, Just wish the man had been alive to see his club return to where they belong. This great man summed it up in a few words, “What have they done to my club.” No words spoken have had so much truth and meaning as these. Hope Sir Bobby is sitting on a cloud somewhere over St James, Looking out for his beloved club. Gone but not forgotten.

  • davybtoon

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #20

    rip sir bobby our greatest manager ever in my opinion

  • TenaciousToon77

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #21

    God Bless Sir Bobby ,we are all thinking of you today gone but not forgotten

  • thepict

    Jul 31, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #22

    Dy’u ken Bobby Robson the wee Durham lad?
    The greatest manager Newcastle ever ?
    RIP Uncle Bobby

  • Marty-Toon

    Jul 31, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #23

    Stupid to sell now,would be our luck that we’d sell and he turns out to be a shearer like goal scorer.
    He has a long way to go yet but he has qualities.
    Don’t sell,loan him out

  • JohnNUFC

    Jul 31, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #24

    I can’t see why it makes sense to sell Ranger when we’ve got Loven and Sham-eobi in the squad, farm him out on loan to teach him a lesson and see how he reacts. The lads has got unbelievable tekkers and the ability to be great for the club.

    On another note, would love for us to take a gamble on Defour from Liege who seems to be off to Lisbon, injury prone but pure class.

  • Felipe

    Jul 31, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #25

    They’re selling him cause he’s trouble, end of, get over it. He’s had his chances and hasn’t taken them. As Ed says 58 games and 3 goals, a goal every 20 appearances. Even if he didn’t show up late for training every day and like having his photo taken with a gun in his hand gangster style maybe he just doesn’t have the finishing needed at EPL level.

  • wynsleap

    Jul 31, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Selling Ranger (for a miserly million or more) would be a huge mistake – the lad could come back to haunt the club in the future as he does have talent.
    If Pardew was any kind of manager he’d do his damndest to get the best out of the player instead of just giving up on him (the easiest thing to do).
    Can’t, for one moment, think his demeanour and play wouldn’t greatly improve if Alex Ferguson had hold of him.
    But therein lies the difference between a good manager and an also-ran.

  • Felipe

    Jul 31, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #27

    @wynsleap 26: Ferguson? You are kidding! He would have got shot of the troublemaker a long time ago. Better get used to the idea we aren’t going to have players putting us in the news for all the wrong reasons anymore. 3 goals in 58 appearances isn’t worth it. Let Airey take his place.

  • wynsleap

    Jul 31, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Felipe – Do you not think Rooney hasn’t put Manure in the news headlines more than once for all the wrong reasons? – or how about Giggs – and even going back to Cantona?
    They were never jettisoned but encouraged to become tremendous performers.

  • Expat MAG

    Jul 31, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #29

    I hope Ranger is not sold as this boy has so much potential and could be our center forward for many years to come; a loan is preferred.

    However, with Pardew, Ashley and Lambase at the helm anything can happens….

  • Felipe

    Jul 31, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Blimey, if it was news headlines about their sex lives we were worried about there wouldn’t be any football!

    In Carroll’s case he broke the jaw of a teammate, in Capello’s words he drinks too much beer and though I don’t have all the details was deemed trouble enough that he was curfewed at Nolan’s house.

    In Ranger’s case, he’s been involved in an armed robbery, he’s had his photo in the papers carrying a gun and his attendance at training is abysmal and he has ignored repeated warnings. What do they do, continue to let him get away with that on the basis that he might come good and risk sending the wrong signal to those youngsters who appreciate how lucky they are? No, thought not…

    I won’t even start on Barton…

  • Felipe

    Jul 31, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #31

    @Expat Mag 29: We’ve been talking about his potential for 18 months now and he’s scored 3 goals in 58 appearances, none in 24 in the premier league. Perhaps if he turned up for training on time and showed he was keen to try hard and learn then maybe just maybe. I would prefer he gets moved on and we give Airey a try instead.


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