Hughton Will Hold Onto All His Players In January

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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    Nov 23, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    No doubting his worth ethic or pace, he just needs to score more. I’d say he’s got a good leap but he’s not so good at heading.

    So easy to forget though that he’s only 19 – he’s been around so long that people (myself included) think of him as a regular, when in reality he’s 2-3 years away from fulfilling his potential.

  • peterktoon

    Nov 23, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Big mistake Chris H about Ranger. Ranger needs to be loaned out to ha championship club so he can play reguarly and add some goals to his goal-tally. The one thing Ranger lacks is goals and the only way he will get them is to play reguarly and that wont happen for Newcastle

  • Toonkistan

    Nov 23, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #3

    peterktoon…Chris is already short on players so he cant send the boy out on loan and esp he’s ahead of loverboy, best & Xisco in the pecking order…

  • Whitley bay

    Nov 23, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    ranger’s shiiiiteee likee

  • RichK

    Nov 23, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree with peterktoon @ 2 – I think Nile needs to go and get 90 minutes week in week out. I really think Leon Best can come good this year once he’s fit, I saw enough last year to suggest he has potential. You look at how well Varney/Harewood are doing at Blackpool and Best is as good if not better than them. Give him the chance and let Nile gain experience elsewhere.

  • geoff777

    Nov 23, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #6

    We have a small squad, with injuries and suspensions Best and Ranger may both be needed.
    Hopefully things won’t get that desperate that they are the starting pair, but it is a very long season … and this year we’ll win the FA Cup … so lots of games to come 🙂


    BTW Perch and Best to score in the final … from a Jonas cross ….. lol

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    Nov 23, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #7

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  • Sav

    Nov 23, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Is there a clue in his choice of words that Hoots want Ranger where he can keep an eye on him, rather than because he is indispensable to the first team? Sounds that way to me.
    That is not to say Ranger is not our first choice attacking sub – I think he’s better than the other 3 – but maybe Hoots doesn’t trust Nile to behave himself the way LuaLua is trusted at Brighton. There’s no doubt if the right ‘father-figure’ manager could be guaranteed to give his full attention to Ranger, that the lad could only benefit greatly from getting regular matches and I hope we have the luxury of being able to release him on loan after January.

  • chuck

    Nov 23, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Good idea to sign the kid up for five years (Ranger), could turn out to be a decent player and would`nt cost a lot (hopefully) right now.
    Seems to have the potential to develop into a EPL quality striker, but is still young and learning.
    Some games with the reserves and some minutes off the bench would help, doubt if he is starting quality yet.

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 23, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #10

    chuck, the way it’s going with the FA and game bans we may not have any choice but to start Ranger.


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