Norwich City manager Paul Lambert is reported today to be tracking Newcastle’s 19 year-old young star striker Nile Ranger for a possible loan move to East Anglia next season.
Nile Ranger – Norwich loan target?
We know that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is ready to let the pacy and strong striker go out on loan next season – as Chris will stick with Leon Best, whom he signed in January and relegated Ranger to the 5th striker at the Tyneside club.
But Ranger still appeared 30 times last season for Newcastle, and showed he is good enough to be a force in the Championship, if given an extended run.
The England U19 International is attracting interest from both Championship and League One clubs.
The very successful extended loan deal last season for Ranger’s Newcastle team-mate, goalkeeper Fraser Forster, proved key in the club’s League One promotion.
It is thought therefore that Norwich manager Lambert may want to bring the 6’2″ London-born striker to Norwich for the full season.
Nile Ranger’s agent, Nick Rubery, knows the player’s appearances will now be limited with the 19-year-old behind Andy Carroll, Peter Løvenkrands, Leon Best and Shola Ameobi, although many Newcastle fans would put him ahead of the so far scoreless and lack-luster Leon Best.
Rubery said today:
“Obviously, Nile has total respect for Chris Hughton and it is entirely up to him what he decides to do but the indication that we have been given is that he will be going out on loan next season,”
“I think the thinking is that he needs first-team football to progress and that he might not get that in the Premier League which I think is understandable.”
“I think it would probably benefit him if he went out on loan to experience first-team football. It has been shown to work in the past with other players and it’s a route open to Nile.”
“He has two years left on his contract and wants to stay. Nile’s at a great club and he certainly doesn’t want to leave.”
Ranger is currently on a 3½-year deal after being signed from Southampton in the summer of 2008, and has looked a tremendous prospect in his short two years on Tyneside.
Going out on loan to a club like Norwich City next season would seem to be a win-win-win for Norwich, Newcastle and the player himself, and we are huge fans of the 19 year-old.