NUFC Blog feels
that Newcastle should keep faith in Nile Ranger.
If Hughton is thinking about Newcastle United’s striking options on
Saturday and getting a headache, I’d implore him to take five minutes out to
rest his weary head and then make an informed decision. To partner Nile Ranger
and Marlon Harewood upfront.
That’s not a reflection of Andy Carroll’s recent form, which has been good and
admittedly somewhat above my expectations. However, I just feel that Nile
Ranger, despite his tender years, has what it takes to make it in the game and
certainly has enough at this level. For me, he has had a major impact since
feeling his way into the team and is growing in confidence with each outing.
Ranger has pretty much everything you’d want from a centre forward. He has bags
of pace and is really quick off the mark. For a young lad he is incredibly
strong and is effective at holding the ball up. He will improve over the years
but even now he has demonstrated intelligence in making good runs and is
willing to get on the end of things. He also offers us something in the air
with his height and the leap he can get. Again for someone just starting out in
the trade, he is composed and rarely loses possession. And he has what many
strikers don’t always have. That knack of being able to put defenders off with
a lean or a nudge and get away it but conversely wins more than his fair share
of free-kicks. Not unlike a certain Mr Shearer.
The one thing he has to do now is get himself a goal and then I feel he
wouldn’t look back. And he’s proved he can score goals at all levels so far
during his rapid progression to the first team. Unfortunately, given his
potential, it might be that he ‘wouldn’t look back’ when he’s on his way to
West London to sign for Chelsea……
That is a very real risk with the January window ahead but it shouldn’t prevent
us continuing to blood him. I can see the sense in not burning the kid out but
Hughton really perplexed me when he took him off against QPR. Simply because he
was the most effective player on the pitch in an albeit uninspiring affair.
There is talk that Harewood will partner Carroll upfront, leaving Ranger
on the bench. I accept it is probably to protect him, but for me, he should be
started and replaced when he starts to flag. I’d like to see him partnered by
Harewood because with the power and pace of both of them and Ranger’s ability
in the air we will have options to feet, in the air and in the channels. If
they can both quickly get into the habit of scoring, it could be quite a scary
Maybe starting with Bristol City at home on Saturday?
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