It was good to see Nile Ranger make his 59th appearance for Newcastle last night at the Britannia Stadium, when he came on as a sub late in the game for goalscorer Papiss Cisse, since it was eighteen months ago that he made his 58th appearance for Newcastle United.
Nile Ranger – on comeback trail
The 21-year-old striker, according to his manager, has a much improved attitude these days, and is even arriving at the training headquarters at Benton on time, which is different from what used to happen.
And now that Nile has tasted the big time again, he is keen to make more appearances for the Magpies, as he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:
“It’s always a good buzz when you come and you want to impress.” “I got maybe seven minutes and it’s good to come on even if it was just for the last seven.” “The two goals they got were a real shock to us and very disappointing because we came here after the defeat we had to Southampton and I think we did well.”
“I was on the bench against Southampton and when you’re on the bench you get to see how the whole game is going, so that if you do come on you know what to do.” “Southampton were all over us in that game but I thought we came to Stoke and showed what we are about.”
“We’ve just got to keep our heads up and wait for the next one. It’ll spur us on.” “It’s a start and the gaffer is showing me what can happen if I keep making progress with my behavior off the field and getting into training on time.” “He’s given me a few minutes and hopefully there are more to come. I’ve just got to take any chance I get.”
“People say that I’ve got potential and that I’m wasting it, so I’ve sat myself down and thought ‘listen, I need to get myself together here and graft.'” “I want to play for this team and I now realise that I need to concentrate, behave myself and get rewarded.”
“It’s good that I’ve had a cheeky little seven minutes – but that makes me hungry for more.”
Those are good words from Nile, and we hope he means them and that he can do what he says he’ll do, and there’s little doubt that Alan Pardew has laid down the law to the 21 year-old in no uncertain terms, and what he needs to do to still have a career in football at Newcastle.
We never though Nile Ranger would get another chance on Tyneside, but since he’s been given one, and the indications are that he wants to take it – we hope he can still become a success in his football career – and at Newcastle too.
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