Newcastle Still To Decide Whether To Loan Out Nile Ranger

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has surprisingly come out today and said it is still not 100% certain that 19 year-old Nile Ranger will be sent out on loan next season.

Nile Ranger – will he stay on Tyneside next season?

Hughton had previously said that  Ranger could be loaned out to a Football League side next season  but today the Newcastle manager seems to challenge Nile Ranger to look impressive during early pre-season training.

When asked if Nile Ranger would indeed be loaned out next season, Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“The decision’s not 100 per cent been made.”

“As with Fraser Forster last season, there’s a thought that we would have been better off keeping him here because he’s a quality, young goalkeeper.”

“We have to think about player development, and young players come into that one. That’s where we will be with Nile.”

“We haven’t made a decision on whether we’ll loan him out or not.”

Hughton brought in 23 year-old Coventry striker Leon Best in January and since that time Nile became 5th striker at the club, and hardly played, although he did make 30 appearances for the Newcastle side during last season.

And it’s also expected that Chris will bring in another striker during the summer which would presumably put Nile even further down the pecking order at Newcastle, and the lad now needs to play first team football next season.

Chris continued:

“If we feel we’re very strong in that position, and there are the right possibilities to loan him out, that’s something we’ll consider.”

“He could certainly stay here and play a part, as he did last season, but we also have to think about his development, and whether he’ll get the amount of football he needs.”

“He’s still only 19. His development is important for us.” “You can improve players by giving them opportunities here, or, at some stage of the season, allowing them to have the amount of football they need elsewhere.”

If it looks like Nile will not be in the running for a first team position come August then it’s probably the right decision to send him out on loan until January, to a Championship club.

But we’re still wondering why Chris brought in Leon Best, who doesn’t seem to be able to cut the mustard – at least  so far – at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • G

    Jun 10, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #1

    ‘But we’re still wondering why Chris brought in Leon Best, who doesn’t seem to be able to cut the mustard – at least so far – at Newcastle.’ Ok, so he hasn’t scored yet Ed. Would you mind listing any other way in which you feel Best hasn’t cut the mustard? He has a decent pass, had had shots on target, his positional sense is more than decent and he seems to be a team player rather than a prima donna. There is a lot more to come from Best, so please don’t join the knockers from the rent-a-crowd who only come in to boo our own players.

  • baro

    Jun 10, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Keep Nile 4 ever he is going to become a star

  • henok ethiopian toon

    Jun 10, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #3

    @G…do u think best have quality…he is no more than ranger …but best have non future …look at him didn’t score one goal…and i judge players by that if they r strikers …if he cant score he is not a good player that goes to ranger too…he only scored 2 goals …but he is young so i say he may improve …nufc dont need another striker who scores a goal 1 a month we need a 20/20 striker

  • G

    Jun 10, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #4

    @henok Best has for more experience than Ranger, which makes him a valid starter for me. If you only judge strikers by goals then you have failed to notice that best scored several more goals than Ranger at this level for a far less creative team. He was on target several times, and but for decent goalkeeping and a couple of inches of woodwork he would have scored.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 10, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Ranger has far far more about him than Best. It’s a no brainer.

  • flair20

    Jun 10, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #6

    The reason Hughton signed Best was to make sure we didn’t end up short of strikers in the run-in. It wasn’t about getting someone better than Ranger, it was about strengthening the squad – we couldn’t afford to take risks when we were so close to securing promotion.

    For what it’s worth, I agree with G. I think Best has done ok in his limited appearances. He may not have been sensational but he hasn’t done anything wrong – his all round play has been decent. You simply cannot judge a player until you’ve seen him play 4-5 full matches in a row, it’s foolish to think you can.

  • henok ethiopian toon

    Jun 11, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #7

    @G ya that got us relegated i dont want strikers to hit the post ….i want to see them score …and that is what matters weather u like it or not football is judged by the amount u score period

  • Doha Mag

    Jun 11, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Expect Ranger to go out on loan to a championship side provided he’s playing regular first team football. In a few seasons, he will be a regular starter in the NUFC team.

    We must stop knocking Best and get behind the entire team. Best may not have scored yet for Newcastle, but when his first goal comes along, he’ll get a few for us. Is he good enough, that question needs to be asked of many of the regulars as most were in the team relegatd…..

    We need to bring in 3 ~ 4 new players to strengthen the squad in various positions, but generally should hold our own with the likes of Blackpool, WBA, Wigan, Blackburn, Bolton, Birmingham, Stoke, Wolves, etc so a mid table finish is not beyond the current squad!


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