This Lad’s Been The Story Of The Last Two Months

We never thought it would happen about three months ago, but it seems that Nile Ranger has come back into the Newcastle first team – and will be given a chance tonight because of all the injuries and resting the first teamers for the game at Fulham on Monday night, and Nile will be in the starting line-up at Bordeaux in tonight’s Europa League Group D game.

Nile Ranger training in the snow yesterday morning in Newcastle
Alan Pardew has confirmed the London lad will start tonight, and it has to be a huge opportunity for the 21 year-old to prove he can still make it in big time football, and at Newcastle too.

This is what Alan Pardew said yesterday about the youngster:

“Nile will start. I think he’s probably the story of the last two or three months in terms of a positive.” “He’s been out of the papers, he’s been on time for the last eight to 10 weeks and he’s put in application on the training ground.”

“I’ve never said to anyone ‘It’s all over, you’re not getting a chance’. If you stick to the rules and put the ethic in, I’ll give you a chance.” “And that’s all it is for him at the moment, a chance, and we hope he takes it.”

“We know he’s got talent. Hopefully he puts it in on the pitch.”

Alan Pardew will start a very young side tonight and other youngsters thought to be in with a chance of starting this game are Yven Moyo and Conor Newton.

Here is the full Newcastle United squad for tonight and it’s good to see 17 year-old Adam Campbell back in the squad – and presumably fully fit again:

Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Adam Campbell, Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini, Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux, Yven Moyo, Conor Newton, James Perch, Nile Ranger, Danny Simpson, James Tavernier, Mike Williamson

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5 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 6, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #1

    A happy ending makes a good story and a good movie ED

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 6, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #2

    The lad has to build some bridges, not only to his manager, but to his team mates and fans who he has treat with contempt.
    He has been given a chance because we’re desperate no other reason.

  • ash1001

    Dec 6, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Comm’n Nile, show us what you have got in those feet of yours, for my part the past is the past, we all make mistakes, it will not be forgotten but it is the past. You are a young man in a very privileged position, you produce the good and the rest is up to you.

  • geordiesteve520

    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Moyo was a pretty hot prospect when he signed but injuries curtailed progress, will be nice to see what he’s got.

  • Graeme

    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    There isn’t much doubt that he has the talent – all he has to do now is maintain the progress and let that talent shine.


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