It seems that Alan Pardew has lost patience with 20 year-old striker Nile Ranger.
Nile Ranger scoring his second goal yesterday at Spennymoor
And one thing Nile found difficult last season was to score goals, and in 58 total appearances for Newcastle, most of which were second half substitutions, he has scored only 3 goals for the Magpies.
And no doubt Alan Pardew has told the youngster he needs to add goals to his game, and that seems that’s what he’s intent on doing.
Ranger scored against Almere City in the last game of the Reserve Squad’s tour of Holland last Tuesday, and he scored a couple of goals yesterday as the Newcastle Reserves beat Northern League champions Spennymoor United 4-2.
This is what the London born striker said after the game:
“It’s always good to go out and get games,” “Obviously not being involved with the first-team is not the best thing, but getting games and getting fit is helpful – and hopefully going and scoring a couple of goals will do me no harm.”
“Ryan Donaldson got brought down in the box for my first. I wanted to take it straight away, and I put it in the back of the net.”
“And the second was definitely one of my better ones. I was out on the right, came inside, took the ball past one player, another one dived in and I faked to shoot, then another one dived in but I saw the corner and put it in there.”
“Scoring goals will do me no harm at all so whether it’s for the first-team or the Reserves, I’ll just keep on scoring goals.”
As Nile points out, the first goal was a penalty, but the second was a fine individual effort from the youngster.
It’s no secret that Nile wants to stay at Newcastle, and we have no idea what will happen this summer, and whether Newcastle will sell him.
But from what we can tell, that’s exactly what Newcastle want to do.
We think he still has a lot of improvement to make, and it may be a little too early to sell him, although a one year loan deal would probably be the best thing for both parties, and then Newcastle can determine how he does when he gets regular games.
And news today that Millwall want to buy the young striker, and they have joined Birmingham and Blackpool, who are also interested in the youngster.
The Tangerines failed to agree personal terms with Ranger a few weeks ago, after agreeing a fee with Newcastle, and of course Chris Hughton is keen to take him to Birmingham, but on a season long loan deal.
What do you think?