We put out a story earlier today that we expected Nile Ranger to be moved out on loan next week, when the loan window opens. That seemed fairly obvious.
Nile Ranger – Newcastle will not sanction a loan move
But rather surprising news in the Sunday Sun today that Nile Ranger will not be allowed out on loan, and the club would prefer to sell the 20 year-old, with the transfer price said to be set at £1.5M.
And don’t think this has anything to do with Newcastle failing to bring in another striker on Wednesday – no such logic seems to exist.
That’s because the representatives of Ranger were at the club last Monday, and were told that Newcastle would not sanction a loan move, and of course Nile was almost sold to Birmingham on Wednesday as a makeweight in having defender Liam Ridgewell come the other way.
The leaves Ranger is a precarious position at the club, because it would seem he will be in the wilderness at least until January, with Alan Pardew unlikely to play him in the first team.
Indeed he is not even part of the first team squad at Newcastle and currently trains with the Reserve or Development squad, and Demba Ba, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best and the two Ameobi brothers are ahead of him in the striker pecking order at Newcastle.
Nile’s agent Nick Rubery had this to say about the situation:
“United have made it clear there will be no movement.” “It is frustrating for Nile he will not get that opportunity, but it is not up to him or us.
“He just has to get on with the situation and work hard.”
It’s now up to Nile Ranger to put his head down and work hard and keep himself out of trouble off the pitch.
The lad has the ability, but he will never be successful until he commits himself fully to his football career, and right now could be a very good time to start doing that.