With the Newcastle squad now getting stretched a little because of suspensions, of all things, it’s not surprising that Chris Hughton has said today he doesn’t see any player leaving in January, even on loan.
Nile Ranger – such a promising player at Newcastle
But with Leon Best coming back from injury and wanting to fight for his place in the Newcastle first team, which is good to hear, it’s a good question as to how many games young Nile Ranger will get this season.
But it’s apparent that Hughton and the Newcastle coaches are huge admirers of the young Londoner, and Nile has already made 8 appearances for the Newcastle first team this season, with that single goal at Chelsea in the Carling Cup.
This is what Chris Hughton said today about sending players out on loan:
“With the January transfer window approaching things might change, but at the moment I don’t envisage sending anyone out on loan because we need those players in the squad to stay here.”
“We don’t have the numbers to be letting anyone leave unless we are going to bring somebody in.” “Leon Best has already said he wants to stay with us and fight for his place rather than go out on loan.”
“I can see why people might think Nile Ranger would be better going out on loan.” “Andy Carroll benefited from playing first-team football in the Championship last season, but we very much think Nile’s development will be better served here.”
“He is still a very young player and he is still learning the game. He has been getting little bit of first-team football in the Premier League and we want to keep him here as part of the group.” “We haven’t really had any enquiries for him because we have made it clear he is not available.”
“That might change as managers start to think about changing their squads around in January, but I think Nile will still be staying here; we think that is the best thing for him at this stage of his career.”
Indeed Nile Ranger already has 38 appearances for the Newcastle side with 3 goals, since arriving a year last August from Southampton, so he’s still only been at Newcastle for quite a short time, and has come on in leaps and bounds under the coaching of Chris Hughton.
And Nile will have seen how well and how quickly Andy Carroll has come through, and even made the full England side, and there’s no reason why Nile cannot follow in Andy’s footsteps.
He’s a similar player to Andy but is faster, although when Andy and Shola Ameobi are playing up front, and Nile Ranger comes on to replace one of them, we’ve still got two big lads up front who can scare the living daylights out of the defenders.
There’s good reason to think that Nile can become a very good player for Newcastle, and we have to think he could really blossom if he was given a spell of first team games at a Championship club.
But it really depends on the form of Leon Best, and if Leon comes through this season, then it will open the door for Chris to allow Ranger to go out on loan, and there are many, many Championship clubs who will line up to take the 19 year-old.