Ranger and Carroll strike force seems so right for Newcastle United

By Lee Ryder on Oct 27, 09 09:20 AM

Andy Carroll and Nile Ranger may not know it but their progress this season could well be vital to the future of Newcastle United.

With the days of big money buys gone but not forgotten for now, Ranger - a freebie signed last summer after being booted out of Southampton - and Carroll an Academy product who once ended up playing left-back for the youth team seemed to be the people's choice when things started to go pear shaped against Doncaster.

Each time that Ranger warmed up he was roared on and his arrival on to the field was met by rip roaring approval by the 40,000 home fans.

It's amazing to think he has yet to even score a goal for the Magpies but surely that is only a case of where not if.

Ranger probably still has a bit to go in terms of physical presence but has already shown he can be a handful for Championship defences.

Alan Shearer was certainly ready to unleash had he been in charge this season and that must be a major boost for young Ranger.

Then you have Andy Carroll a player who is gradually starting to show he can be a future number 9.

Carroll's left foot was demonstrated once again when Donny came to Toon and he showed his unselfishness when playing in Nolan for the winner.

United still have Shola Ameobi to come back from injury and Marlon Harewood still on their books until January 1 next year.

Yet there won't be too many complaints if the team sheet has the names Ranger and Carroll on against a Sheffield United side leaking goals at the moment with 16 conceded in the last six games something any young striker should be rubbing their hands at.


Mick Gilroy said:

The problem with Nile Ranger is that he still hasn't managed to score yet, despite having some really good chances. The mark of a good striker is that natural goal scoring instinct and I haven't seen any evidence of this yet.If he is so good,why did Southampton, yes that's Southampton from the 3rd Division,let him go? There must have been a reason, was it his lack of goals? Andy Carroll isn't exactly prolific either in fact our return from all four current strikers is pretty pathetic, but I really don't see these two as forming any type of prolific partnership in the near future.I remember a discussion I had with a Chelsea fan whe raved about an Italian striker they had signed, Casiagri or something, who didn;t score in about 30 games before retiring injured. I pointed out that despite all the adulation, just maybe he isn't really that good! Same applies to Carroll and Ranger until they prove otherwise by regularly hitting the net!!

david veitch said:

Ranger will in my opinion become a regular in our team once he finds the net.
This boy has the skill to also go on to become a full international player.

Steve Y said:

Mick, Ranger I believe was let go by Southampton for repeated misdemeanours, a young lad in with the wrong crowd. He was given a chance by Newcastle and from what I've seen he's put his bad boy lifestyle behind him taken the opportunity with both hands. He clearly needs to get a goal in order to give him the confidence that he can score at this level, he's come close a couple of times, but the more he plays the goals will come. Let's not forget a lot of his time on the pitch was initially as a lone striker where he spent the majority of his time bringing the midfield into play and subsequently and a replacement to the inaffectual Harewood, Ranger retains the ball like no other forward at the club, he takes our play 10 yards further up the pitch and consistently brings others into play, from what I've seen when Harewood and Carrol play this simply doesn't happen. Ranger for ball retention, Carrol in for goals and let the young lads form a partnership and evetually we'll be getting goals from both.

Carl Haynes said:

Mick Gilroy - Ranger scored over 20 goals for the reserves last season, and for the U-19's he scored 4 in his first 3 games! He hasn't had a long enough run in the team for us to comment on his goals at this level. He is a quality player, but he is still young and has some developing to do. He is definately one for the future. You also question why he was let go by Southampton - do you not remember Newcastle letting go of a certain Mr. Shearer? Maybe Southampton owe us one!

Fergie said:

Steve Y - Spot on. Completely agree.

Mick Gilroy - You are talking nonsense as Steve and Carl have already pointed out.

Ranger has had few opportunities to show that he can score as he has been used as a lone striker to hold up the ball which he has done incredibly well so far. If anything, he has been too unselfish in front of goal when presented with a half chance which he would no doubt take at reserve level. Against Leicester, played up front on his own, he was awesome and I have to disagree with Lee when he says that he still has a bit to go in terms of physical presence... It seems to be one of his best attributes! All in all, he looks destined to become a top premiership striker in my eyes.

Richard A said:

That's all very well, but they are hardly Beardsley & Cole.
Even if they are improving, we need a manager who can inspire them to those heights.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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