News today that Hartlepool United may be interested in a summer loan move for Newcastle’s 19 year-old London-born striker Nile Ranger.
Chris Hughton – Harlepool interested?
When Newcastle bought Leon Best in January, it meant that Nile dropped down the pecking order, even though he was still able to appear 30 times for the Tyneside club last season, with a couple of goals.
But his appearances since January were severely limited and Nile must go out on loan to get first team action next season.
We wonder whether signing Leon was a mistake, because Nile could have been the 4th striker next season, and he’s certainly good enough to appear in the Premiership next season.
Reports recently have indicated that Hartlepool manager Chris Turner is looking to for loan players, after the club just managed to avoid relegation from League One on goal difference, finishing 5th bottom last season, one place above the relegated Gillingham.
Carlisle United and Leeds United are also said to be interested, but Chris Hughton isn’t rushing into any decisions, and left yesterday on vacation with his family.
For youngsters at Newcastle, the club will want to give them the highest level of competition they can cope with – as long as they play regularly – and we have to think Hughton will want to send Nile to a Championship club.
Leeds United would be a great club for the youngster, and he could fill the void caused by the departure of Jermaine Beckford.
Nile showed in his appearances in the Championship last season that he is already a Championship class player, and if he can get a season long loan deal in England’s second division next season, he will progress in leaps and bounds.
Nile has already played 12 times for the England U19 side with 6 goals, and he could well be a big star of the future for Newcastle United.