The coaching staff at Newcastle are keen to keep young Nile Ranger’s feet on the ground this season.
Nile Ranger – feet on the ground
We are hoping that Chris Hughton will give Ranger a start against Sheffield United on Monday night.
Chris addressed talk that several big clubs are scouting 18 year-old Ranger:
“It’s normal that people talk about players being linked with clubs on the football circuit.” “I know of no official approach from anybody about Nile so far.” “Nile’s a young lad who is learning all of the time and his future is here.”
“During his time with the first team this season he has been making good contributions.” “But he is still very young. He is making progress and it’s very much a case of learning his trade.”
“Last season he did ever so well in the reserves and subsequently ended up with the first-team group.” “He’s worked his way up to the first team and he’s here on merit.”
Thew word is that Manchester City are one of the clubs interested in Niole, but there’s absolutely no way Newcastle should even consider selling this terrific London lad.
And indeed since he was siogned from Southampton in August, 2008 not only has he put his life in order, but his career has taken off – so he is already indebted to the Newcastle club.
And when Ranger came on at St. James’ Park on Saturday, replacing the experienced Marlon Harewood, he got a tremendous reception from the Geordie fans, and he ignited the Newcastle side with his strong running and enthusiasm
“There will always be ups and downs once you get here.” “And there will be times when any player’s form is not so good.”
“He’s (Nile) had a consistent run of games and, apart from a bout of illness, he’s been injury-free this season.”
“He’ll get better as he gets more experienced and it’s good for him that he can be part of the squad.”
Nile is already a huge favorite with the Newcastle fans, but he also loves it on Tyneside, so we don’t think he’ll be too keen to move to clubs like Manchester City, where he will find it hard to get a first team game for a good while.
In fact, we half expect Nile to be given the famous Newcastle number 9 shirt within a year or two, he’s that good.
And of course that shirt has been worn by Newcastle legends such as Hughie Gallagher, Jackie Milburn, Malcolm MacDonald and Alan Shearer, to name but four.
No, we’ll keep the youngsters we have – thank you very much – and the plan is to turn them into first team players as they mature as footballers. It’s one of the few good things (the only one?) that Mike Ashley has done at Newcastle.
We hope to see lads like Carroll, Ranger, Kadar and Vuckic, already at the club, become first team regulars fairly soon.
And we also expect more great youngsters to come to Newcastle in January. 😀