Loan Ranger Could Be Playing At Norwich City Next Season


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.

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6 comments so far

  • G

    Jun 1, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1

    There isn’t much of a night out to be had in Norwich either, so I think it could be a good move for the player.

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  • Ericles

    Jun 1, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Here we go again! Considering letting players go out loan (unless it is either Krul or Forster) must not be an option yet. We do not have a squad strong enough in depth to make a firm impact on the Premiership. We have CH warbling on about a slow transfer season whilst we have other managers sniffing at the gates of St James Park. OK, it will be good for Ranger to go on loan to Norwich (along with Forster?) but not until we have our own competitive squad for the season in place surely? Or is it that CH has also now started singing like a canary?

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  • Trent Toon

    Jun 1, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Newcastle should sign Shane Smeltz the New Zealand International that is going to South Africa

    Very impressive and just scored the goal that beat Serbia in a friendly this morning… He has been the A-League top goal scorer for two seasons now and a star player for the last 4 and is looking the class act… Would be able to get him for cheap too.. The only problem would be he is 28 years old…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNDdQ4O-s1E&feature=related

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 1, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Keep Ranger get rid of Best

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  • Craigg

    Jun 1, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #5

    I would make Norwich ban mick dennis from Carrow road before loaning them any players

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  • Charlietoon

    Jun 1, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Ericles look at it this way. If he goes to Norwich he may well start or play every game of the season as he will be one of their best options. He will not be in the same position if he stays and will play a lot less games so whilst we continue training and educating our own players it is at a much slower pace than if they were out playing week in and week out.

    I’d rather have Cleverely who has been doing the same thing yet he does not need to develop a huge amount to be gettng some goals and laying a part. If we can get him on the pitch now and then it is good for us and we can send him home but if we dd that with ranger and only played him now and then we’d lose him next year as he would be looking to go somewhere he can play.

    Imagine he goes to Norwich and scores 20 goals next season! He would not have a chance of doing that with us this season and it would signal his arrival muhc the same way Carroll is now 1st choice

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