There are still no decisions on which youngsters Chris Hughton will send out on loan for the coming season.
Nile Ranger – needs games next season
And that’s still dependent on a number of factors, including how well the lads play in pre-season, and how well the first-teamers perform in pre-season too.
In the case of Nile Ranger, we think he will probably be sent out on loan, but he’s looked good in pre-season so far, so Chris will want to assess the progress he has made over the next few weeks.
There would be plenty of Championship clubs only too willing to take the 19 year-old England U19 International on loan, but this lad looked good in the first half of last season, when given his chance, and if he has come on enough over the last 12 months Chris Hughton may well feel he’ll get enough Newcastle first team appearances, to keep him on Tyneside.
But if Nile stays then there will be question marks over Xisco and Leon Best, and at least one of the strikers will be moved out.
Ranger’s agent Nick Rubery told the Newcastle Journal this morning.
“He’s doing well in pre-season so there’s no rush at the moment for him to go anywhere,”
“If after a few games he’s obviously not going to get a look-in we’ll review the situation but first and foremost he wants to play for Newcastle.”
The main thing for the very promising youngster, is that he needs to play, like a number of our other young lads.
And that’s only one of the jobs Chris has at Newcastle – to ensure he brings the very promising youngsters through at just the right pace on Tyneside.