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Nile Ranger’s Attitude And Timekeeping Have Both Improved

10:38 am, Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

Alan Pardew was asked right at the end of his press conference about Nile Ranger, and if he had anything to say about Nile Ranger coming back into the first team squad, after all the problems Nile has been in with the Northumbria police over the last 17 months or so.

Nile Ranger – bowing to Newcastle’s rules now

With Shola Ameobi and Adam Campbell both out at the moment with injuries,  it has given a big chance to the 21 year-old London lad to show what he can do at Newcastle, and although he didn’t come on at Southampton on Sunday afternoon – he was on the bench at his former club, and is likely to again start on the bench tonight at Stoke City – and who knows he may even get on in the second half.

When asked about Nile it was good news from the Newcastle manager:

“In some ways fortune has favored him because of all the injuries that we’d had. Secondly, if I’m honest he’s starting to bow to our rules, and his timekeeping has improved – his attitude has improved.”

“This sometimes this happens in a player’s career, and hopefully, hopefully, it can stay like that – and he’s been no problem lately off the pitch., Let’s hope it stays like that.”

“Nile’s got potential, he’s always had potential but that’s all it is at the moment, only he can do fulfill that – I can’t do that – only he can do that.”

Just a thought – can you imagine what would it would be like if Nile Ranger comes on in the second half tonight and scores the winning goal – that would certainly assist him in turning his career around.

It would be simply great if that happens, and we still hope that Nile can continue to turn his career around at Newcastle and become a success.

Hope springs eternal.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rainrix // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    I always remember in the 4 4 with arsenal when he came on, he looked unplayable. No doubt he has potential, his attitude has always held him back.

    If I’m honest even if he is applying himself i still doubt he’ll be able to keep it up forever :|

  • 2 yorkshire_magpie // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Hes a GANGSTA!!

  • 3 veto // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    careful what you say or he will murk you !

  • 4 Phil K // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Improved ? So he’s up to the level of moronic lazy charver now eh ?
    Well, thats a significant improvement over the waste of oxygen he WAS

  • 5 mattyNUFC // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Ian Toon – repost

    You mentioned a few articles back that, in reference to Mike Williamson and his cowardice on the ball, etcetera, that you cannot ‘teach a dog new tricks’.

    Can the same not be said of Pardew? I know you’re one of the most ardent, boisterous pro-Pardew-ers and haggle over the injury ‘crisis’ as being one of the main catalysts to our current form, unable to accept this was undeniably a continuation of our form even with all of our ‘purples’, so I posit this to you: after admittedly horrendous, near-lifeless showings against West Ham and Swansea (will not try to prevail earlier with you, so just those two matches in mind) did you honestly believe Pardew would NOT shake things up against Southampton? Or did you too feel that was absolutely, positively, indubitably the strongest side he could field in the formation he did?

    In my mind, Pardew’s line-up and demonstrated game-plan at Southampton could not be proven any closer evidence of a dog incapable of learning new tricks, for a number of reasons; the demba pairing, but we all knew/know that; anita, a defender his entire life, being asked to provide the creative spark (either that or AP was content with fielding two holding CMs); Marveaux’s continued exclusion (surely, even keeping in mind he’s yet to set anything alight, he’s warranted a place before either Sammy ‘i want to be even more obsolete than my older brother’ Ameobi or Shane ‘i hit two good crosses last month and i’m AP’s answer to width though i can’t make a pass or defend for the life of me’ Ferguson?….ok, admittedly a bit harsh on the youngsters but do you agree they’re both far from the first team without the aforementioned ‘crisis’?)

    I mean, I could go on but I’m interested to hear your take on all of this. That aside, do you think AP will shake things up tonight either with the line-up or the formation? Do you think he is capable of that? Do you think he’s enough at his disposal to do so?

    EDIT – and to make this a bit relevant to the thread, what was your take on not bringing Ranger on at Southampton? I know all fans are divided on him, but why oh why would you build him up, watch for 90 minutes two misfiring strikers and not even think of the change? To me it seemed like a wasted spot on the bench when you could’ve thrown another CM in there (ie Abeid, Amalfitano)

  • 6 sirtoongospel // Nov 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    The 4-4 game and the Liverpool gaein patcular shwe that there was a very good player in there.

    He has been a fool to be honest, but the people who say he should never play for us again are the same ones wishing that Barton was still here. Ridiculous.

    While he is on the payroll, he should have to work for it. And if he knuckles down then he could help us over the next couple of months even if there is no long term future in it.

    After tonight, I just hope that Perch plays alongside Colo as our lack of pace at the back is killing us.

    Willo is possibly the slowest CB around. Teams just pass 4 or 5 times, until he goes into a trance, then that ball over the top between him and Simpson is a no brainer. Every team we play wait until Simpson gets high and then attack that channel. If we can see it then it’s a free gift to a Premiership manager. It shouldn’t be so easy to open us up. You attack as a unit and as soon as you lose it you defend as a team also. Being mobile should be the bare minimum for every position on the field. Our defensive lack of pace impacts on every area of the team. The midfield sit as they don’t trust the defence, and the front 2 are left on their own, and quite often have to come in theior own half to help out.

    Come on Pards, put some effort into sorting our back 4 out, and instead of telling us how good Willo is, and unappreciated, just get it sorted out!!!

    Things faster than Willo …. number 1 – A tree.

  • 7 giimps // Nov 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Things faster than Willo …. number 2 a tectonic plate.
    Pace may not be an issue vs Stoke though and I would have picked him over Saylor for this game more than any other in the league.
    For all his lack of pace he has height (which we are going to need) for this reason I would go with Perch and Tiote as holding midfielders with Guti/Sammi left mid, Nile Ranger (lights touchpaper and walks back 10 paces) as a number 10 and Marveaux Right mid and Ba up top.
    Probably our quickest and tallest opposition, i would have Anita at rightback and Santon Leftback
    Something like this

    ———————KRUL———————-
    ANITA—-WILLO—–COLLO—SANTOON

    —————TIOTE–PERCH—————–

    MARV——————————SAMI\GUTI
    ——————–NILE————————

    ———————BA————————–

    Or something like that.
    HWTL




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