News in the Sunday Sun this morning that Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan would like to take Newcastle striker Nile Ranger on loan in January.
Nile Ranger – after scoring at Stamford Bridge last month
Middlesbrough have not made a good start to the season, and are in 18th position in the Championship after 10 games, with just 11 points.
And they are finding it really difficult to score goals, and Strachan believes that Nile Ranger’s pace, and he has plenty of that particular commodity, could be what’s needed on Teesside.
Scott McDonald has not scored one league goal since the start of the season, while Kris Boyd – signed as a free agent in the summer from Glasgow Rangers, has scored just twice for the club.
Kris is finding things a lot more difficult in England’s second division, than he did while playing up north, when he scored 128 goals for Rangers in 192 appearances from 2005 until last summer.
Chris Hughton will use Nile in the Carling Cup, and if Newcastle are still in that competition come January he may elect to keep Nile at the club, but it all depends on his form and if the London lad is getting sufficient playing time at the Tyneside club.
It would seem to be a good deal for both clubs if Nile went to Middlesbrough for the rest of the season in January, since he could certainly do very well for the Teesside club.
Nile has so far appeared 32 times for Newcastle with 3 goals.