Leeds United After 19 Year-Old Nile Ranger

There are reports today that Leeds United are trying to get 19 year-old London-born Nile ranger on loan next season.

Nile Ranger – Leeds United interested

We had mentioned yesterday that Newcastle would have no trouble finding Championship clubs for the England U19 International if Chris Hughton decides to send the lad out on loan.

Leeds manager Simon Grayson thinks that new striker Billy Paynter will miss the start of the Championship season with an injury.

26 year-old Paynter was signed in early June from Swindon Town, as a replacement for Jermaine Beckford, who signed on at Everton and is already scoring goals for the Toffees.

It seems that Ranger fits the bill for the Whites, and the Leeds manager will be hoping that Chris Hughton elects to send the lad out on loan – but no decision will be made on that for a week or two yet.

And indeed if Nile is sent out on loan Hughton will want him to get games and not be warming the bench,  since he can do that at Newcastle and get Reserve team football.

The aim of any loan is to get Ranger first team experience elsewhere as he continues his football development.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Visten

    Jul 30, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Leeds would be a good loan move for Ranger. However Hughton should inquire that they itend to play 2 strikers when Paynter gets back from injury and not just drop Nile to the bench.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 30, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Nile is going to struggle wherever he goes. Whatever his talents are he seems to lack the application and motivation to make it.

    I can’t ever see him ever being a Prem class striker and holding down a place at the Toon ahead of even (dare I say it) Leon Best (there I have said it). He is destined to ply his trade in the lower leagues unless he seriously bucks his ideas up.

    He blew it big time last season when the chance was really there, and I fail how we can justify keeping him except for bench warming and making up the u21 numbers? I really want to be wrong on this.

  • lewman

    Jul 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #3

    give him a 3 month loan and see how he does

  • neblexa

    Jul 30, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Fear no capt beefheart, i believe you are wrong and he will indeed prove you wrong, whether with us or not. Comparing him to leon best is the harshest criticism you could give the poor lad. Now he is sh1t. Ranger did well when he played, got himself about alot more than the rest of the fringe strikers (i.e. excluding lovenkrands and carrol) and generally created a bit of a buzz within the croud when he came on. He’s only 19 or 20 and was limited with appearances. After he got his first goal he never got another chance for some reason. I guess he was just unlucky that the other two were banging them in so reguarly, along with Nolan.

    As for scum Leeds, i remember them being hardly welcoming to our approached for big time charlie beckford, so for me id tell them to f**k off! Not like im actually bothered we didnt get him mind.

  • neblexa

    Jul 30, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #5

    ****fear not*** even.

  • GeordieDan

    Jul 30, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Captain Beefheart:

    You’re entitled to your opinion but I couldn’t disagree with you more.

    Ranger is young and raw and just needs to learn the confidence side of his game to start really looking the part in a Black and White shirt.

    A comparison to Best is comopletely unjustified as Best has been playing 1st team football for a lot longer than Nile and has shown the level he is capable of (and it aint the Premiership).

    Nile hasn’t even found top gear yet, not by a mile I don’t think and getting him loaned out to a good championship side that will be challenging for the league title would be a perfect way of getting him to that next level.

    He may never score 200 goals for us in his career but then again who would? Too early to judge him as a finished product and I think he will prove you wrong before too long. I think we’ve got a definite diamond in the rough with Ranger.


  • Doha Mag

    Jul 30, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Young Ranger has a terrific future in the game. Seen him a few times in the first half of last season and he looked better than Carroll.

    I was dissapointed Ranger did not play much in the second half of last season but I’m hearing vibes he was enjoying the Newcastle night life.

    I hope he gets his act together as this boy will be a terrific player in a few years……

  • Mr Books

    Jul 30, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Don’t dismiss the good captains comments too quickly. Ranger certainly has current talent and bags of potential. But as CB said to deliver on that requires Nile to apply himself more and make some better “lifestyle” choices. He certainly can have a terrific future, but he has to realise first that building that future is up to him. Same goes for Carrol to a certain extent.

  • freddie

    Jul 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    I dont think the lad will make it in the prem. Championship will be his level imo.

  • southerngeordie

    Jul 30, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Have to admit i’m mixed on this – when he first came onto the scene he really was a breath of fresh air and someone to get excited about.

    I heard various rumours that in the second part of the season his application wasn’t there and that is why CH didn’t play him. Rumours that he had been seen out on the town before match days (although this is most likely paper trash).

    I think there is the talent there to be a great striker but like the Captain says he needs the application. Yes confidence is a thing but in order to home that he needs to apply himself.

    If he gets it right (fingers and toes crossed) it could be the greatest partnership since Wor Alan and Sir Les!

  • southerngeordie

    Jul 30, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Andy Carroll and Ranger that is!!

  • Selbymag

    Jul 30, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Leeds are not the right club we should be continuing to let players go to Norwich and possibly Doncaster who play the right type of footballer and a good record of developing young players.

  • dave 1961

    Jul 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #13

    that’s not the same Leeds who told us to get stuffed over Jermaine Beckford is it, well i would tell them to get stuffed too.

  • lewman

    Jul 30, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #14

    we cant blame leeds, they did what they needed to get promotion. they would not have wanted to change there squad at that point of the season and i am sure they have earnt more than 2 million from promotion.

  • smudge

    Jul 31, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #15

    the reason he didnt get many games in the second half of the season is his attitude. one of my good friends was out in newcastle not so long ago and nile along with a couple other players were out. while standing near them while waiting to get a drink he overheard nile say that he was ‘a gangsta first and a footballer second’ – which i think emphisises the problem with him quite well


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