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.
“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.