Newcastle United are close to giving up on 20 year-old striker Nile Ranger.
Nile Ranger – crisis point for the youngster
Nile was let go by Southampton in the summer of 2008, after he got in some trouble with the law, and now within the last couple of weeks he has been arrested twice in Newcastle.
Once was after a man was found unconscious on the sidewalk in the city center, and Nile was also was stopped for a potential drunk driving offense in his new Range Rover.
Newcastle have even thought of cancelling the younsgter’s contract, but think they can still get a decent fee for him, and Alan Pardew is even leaving the door just a little open, for Nile to see the errors of his ways:
“Nile needs to understand what the responsibilities of a professinal footballer are. It is not just about what you do on a football pitch.”
“These incidents keep coming up and I am not going to accept them. They need to stop happening and then I will start thinking about considering him.”
“But he has a responsibility as a role model to younger players and to people in the city. There is no one else involved. He needs to sit down and have a good talk to himself because everybody else has talked to him.”
“We are at that stage.”
Those are good words from Alan Pardew and words that the London-born striker should pay full attention to.
Pardew hasn’t even played Ranger in the Reserve side recently at Newcastle, and things are up in the air with the player at the moment, unless he can knuckle down, and start living the life of a professional footballer.
This is a crucial time in both Nile Ranger’s life and career, that seems certain, but there’s still time for him to turn it around, and take the right fork in the road.
We have to hope he does that, and soon too.