Can Nile Ranger Still Make It At Newcastle?

It’s hard to know where Nile Ranger stands at the moment, and whether Newcastle will again try to sell him in the next transfer window.

Nile Ranger – does he have a future on Tyneside?

But Nile had a good game last night and scored two goals for the Reserves in their 3-2 win over Liverpool, and he missed a penalty too, otherwise he could have had a hat-trick, but the brace will still get Alan Pardew’s attention.

Nile has had problems with committing himself to training on Tyneside, and over the summer had a few off the field moments in his private life, and he still turns up late now and again which does not go down well with the Newcastle manager.

New Newcastle Reserve team manager  coach Willie Donachie handed Ranger some sound advice after the win on Tyneside, as he told the Newcastle press today:

“Nile has got amazing potential.”  “He’s got great physical ability, athleticism, strength and speed.”  “Like the others, he’s just got to keep working, and he could be a player.”  

“It’s the hardest jump to go from Reserves to the first team, and the only way to do it through hard work and determination.”

“They’ve all got a chance of being players – and if not here somewhere within the leagues.” “We’ve got to make sure they keep working hard on their technique and fitness.

Newcastle fans saw some good performances last night from youngsters Michael Richardson, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson, and the Reserve side is essentially the Development players and the average is is usually around 20.

Nile has talked to the local press today, for the first time for a long time, and this is what the 20 year-old Londoner said:

“You can look at everything and it has negatives and positives.” “But for me I have to look at the positive side of it. I hope that I get my chance.”

“My ultimate dream is still to play for Newcastle and score goals.” “I want to score goals for the first team, get on with all the players and make the fans sing my name, it’s all anybody wants.”

“Yes, it is frustrating but you just have to get on with it I guess.” “But it is very frustrating.” “You will have ups and downs in your careers and you just have to be strong enough to get through it.

“I have not had the chance this season. But Newcastle are doing very well.” “I have not been told nothing.”  “All I can do is keep working hard, getting games and looking sharp.” “It is a buzz to even pull a tracksuit on at Newcastle United and see yourself on the FIFA game.”

“It’s just a huge buzz.”   “I don’t think that loan is even an option at the moment but we have to wait and see.”

Ranger is still not training as part of the first team squad, which he was doing over the last two seasons, but he must know what the situation is, and what Alan Pardew wants to see from him.

Nile needs to knuckle down, commit himself 100% to training and not be late, keep himself out of any trouble away from Newcastle,  and do exactly what the coaches tell him to do, as far as his football development goes.

But it’s an open question as to whether Nile still has a career on Tyneside, and we would think it’s going to be very difficult for the lad to resurrect his career at Newcastle.

But we hope he does.

For the record Nile has made 58 appearances for the Newcastle first team with 3 goals, and played 12 times with 6 goals for the England U19 side, and has one cap at the U20 level.

What do you think will happen with Nile?

51 comments so far

  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #1

    short answer… no
    long answer no fu**ing way

  • GarageFlower

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Don’t like to see any player not fulfilling his potential but he’s as good as finished at NUFC.

  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #3

    he has potential.. but his attitude is rotten. and from what I have heard/read he is still turning up late to training and not trying very hard when he finally turns up. such a waste of talent really.

  • cyprus

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Why so strict Ameobi 9? How old are you? Doesn’t everyone deserve a second (or more) chance? Think of your namesake 🙂 and the goal he scored for us a couple of days ago! Think of how Bellamy was kicked out by Sounness (instead of the other way around) and how the team then proceeded to collapse. I saw potential in Ranger which he can’t have lost as his game yesterday proves. He was on par with Andy a couple of years ago, he can still be. i.e. Give him a break AP! Footballers are not models of society, ask Rooney

  • The-Ciaran8

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Team with new signings.


    Santon Taylor Coloccini Pieters

    Magia Tiote Cabaye Guttierez

    Ben arfa


    SUBS: Elliot, Ryan Taylor, Williamson, Gosling, Obertan, Best, Shola.

  • UpTheRoad

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s got the talent but we need to be patient with him and he needs to be patient with us!


  • cyprus

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Well put, UptheRoad

  • niffnoff

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Well looks like he’s scoring for fun on the reserve games so why not give him another chance soon?

  • cheikmate

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #9

    best team following (hopeful) new signings:
    ________Ben Arfa_______

    Subs: Harper, Raylor, Marvaux, Gosling, Obertan, Ba,

  • toonarmy1986

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #10

    It’s up to Ranger as to whether or not he gets another chance. If he works hard and keeps his discipline then it will get back to Pardew especially if he is scoring goals as well for the reserves. Basically he has to make Pardew take note if he wants another chance. In my opinion the second he goes to court and if found guilty he will be sacked as they can’t technically sack him till he is found guilty or it would be unfair dismal especially if he is found not guilty.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Sorry guys but he aint no Daniel Sturridge! But he likes to spout off all over the town that he is the best thing to happen to the club and the city!

    Get rid of the arrogant pr*ck!

  • Brutooon

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #12

    a striker with lots of potential BUT he got attitude problem

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #13

    “It is a buzz to even pull a tracksuit on at Newcastle United and see yourself on the FIFA game.”

    What a stupid statement, truly shows us what a child this man is! Oh and also Nile, you didn’t mention in Fifa12 by default you are in the benched reserves!

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #14

    And…. I don’t see your ugly mug on the Banner in this quality forum – wonder why that is!?

  • kevymartins

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #15

    True he is an arrogant pr*ck but he is also very talented

    would you want to be the team that gave the nutt a change to mature and made a superstar or the supporter in 5 years time seeing ranger as england no.1 striker an banging them in for arsenal sitting saying he use to play for us

    all the young players are the same cocky just take a look at balotelli i say keep him an give him his chance

  • cheikmate

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Guys check this out, how the andy carroll money is being put to good use haha

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #17

    he also basically says he doesnt get on with some of the players

  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Cyprus, I am 18. I agree that footballers deserve more than 1 chance to prove their worth to the team. But Ranger has had more than 1 chance and he is not getting any better attitude wise.
    Why waste time and energy to put things right for the lad, if Ranger was willing to change his ways he would have done so when he was getting an ear-full off Pardew and Hughton for being a lazy son of a biatch.

    I dont like to talk rubbish about our players (bar Ameobi and Squidward) but when they are showing no interest in changing their lifestyle for the better.. what can I do?
    I would love to be in Rangers position, like so many other people, it just irritates me when I see the little sod blow his chance at the club so he can be a gang* with all of his cockney mates.

  • Thump

    Oct 19, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #19

    “I have not had the chance this season.”

    It’s your f’in fault you daft little shite!

    Does he expect the club just to ignore the fact that he has his own cell reserved for him at Pilgrim Street?

  • geoff777

    Oct 19, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s good for NUFC if Nile makes the 1st team.

    Well done on the two goals last night.

    Hopefully he’ll silence his critics on the pitch.

    Go Nile lad!


  • G

    Oct 19, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #21

    I would have loved NR to get the nod, and fulfill his potential, but he has had more than enough chances. I am with Ameobi No 9. on this one. The kid cannot keep himself out of trouble, and he has no discipline. We might as well get rid because potential does not make a great player. Natural skill, aptitude and hard graft do.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 19, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Ranger leaves a bad taste in my mouth. He had the oppertunity to eat some humble pie towards the silly things he’s done, but opts for “not get a chance”.
    It’s bullocks, he’s done and needs to move.

    On another note:
    Danny Simpson
    Don’t believe everything u read, things get taken out of context! Very happy at Newcastle n I’m staying

  • AlwaysTOON

    Oct 19, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #23

    I think that he can make it.. Always thougth he could do his job for NUFC!! But the question is.. WHEN well he show us?? He sure as hell didn’t make it last season! But.. As they say ‘Everybody deserv a second chance’ .. sooo, why not? 😉

  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #24


    There’s still the fact that he turned down a new contract in the summer :/ He’s obviously not going to say “Yeah, I’m off in January, but I hope you all still like me” 😉

    He may have, as someone said, just been trying anything to avoid a driving ban though. I sure would. If I could drive..


    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #25

    No he cant, goodbye Nile ‘brap brap’ Ranger

    I would be upset if Simpson left, he is a good player who gets a very hard time from the fans imo hes still young and improving plus we are very thin at the back already

  • shamsoftabriz

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #26

    No. If he gets his jollies from seeing himself in a video game, he’s not the sort of character we need here. Bring in Maiga and Pieters. Ship out Ranger to whomever is crazy enough to take him on. We are doing so well this season in part because we are unified and professional. Ranger would disrupt that chemistry. No way, no how.

  • kevymartins

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #27

    wow because he talked about fifa like

    when santon came to us he was talking about fifa in his first interview so is he not the sorta person we need we mids well sell him then

  • Stuart

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Agree with WWJBD like, theres still room for improvement with simpson and hes been doing a good job so far this season.

    If we sell him then we’ll need 2 RB/LB and a CB in January, and as much as things are going well now, I still cant see MA splashing the cash.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Hehe, ofc, i read the article and the quotes are there, it could be made up to make a stronger defense on his case, it could be that he only fears he’ll be moved on due to others getting extensions and not him. Such as Shola and Gutti.
    And it can be the truth, we can only speculate, but the time will tell.
    I’m not a fan of him tho, and if he leaves i’m indifferent to it.

    Sorry mate, have to disagree with u on that one. I think once u’re 24, allot of the mistakes in your game should be gone and u should be playing not too far from your potential. Especially after playing so long at RB for us and being schooled in Man Utd.
    He may have good game now and again, but i don’t think he’s consistant.
    We’ll probs hold on to him until next summer, but i wouldn’t stand in the way if an offer came in. Also, if he leaves, then it gives a chance to Tavernier and both Raylor and Santon can cover the spot. In addition, i think we’ll be adding a versatile defender who can play LB/CB, such as Pieters for example.
    I just don’t see Simmo being the future of Newcastle, i don’t think he’s good enough.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Stuart & WWJBD

    I don’t get annoyed at Simmo’s defensive qualities. More just the amount of time every match he lumps the ball forward and we concede possession. It’s just bizarre! Raylor is slower, and on the wrong side of the pitch, but he still gets the ball down and charges up field with it.

  • rulezzz

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #31

    i still think we should loan Nile out to get some first team exposure, would do us and the other team good. For Simmo’s case, we should keep him unless we get someone of Pieters calibre of cause.

  • Stuart

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Am I the only person that see’s Simpson overlapping with Obertan every match like? =/ haha.


    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #33

    That argument can just as easily be made for Saylor tbf and this season Simmo has been consistant imo

    Also Tav will get his chance if he is good enough its just how life is nothing comes easy. It would do him good to go on loan to a Championship team and prove he is worth of a start instead of much much lower leagues.

    I also doubt we will be getting many players come Jan, the club has already pointed out how bad of a time it is to buy players and the usual buff coming out now so we dont pressure the board to much until the last week of the window

  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #34


    I’m not saying that he gets the ball and hoofs it long every single time lol. He’s just not as confident on the ball as pretty much every other outfield player, and his quality of long ball isn’t great.

    His goal against Forest is a good example if his average long passing/crossing. Though I was hardly complaining there.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Seems to me that Pards want to teach him a bloody hard lesson. Not loaning him out, not playing in the first team. I think Pards acknowledges his ability, but not his attitude.
    He want’s him to learn the hard way and is not prepared to give him any escape route, atleast not through loan.
    If Pards can sort him out, then he’ll be an immense player for us, all the coaches raves about his ability, and Willie also singled him out last night.
    We’ve given him a long contract cause we saw his potential, but his attitude has to change.
    Time will tell, but i’m not confident that it’ll work.
    We’ll either sort him out or sell him, and i think Pards wants to keep him close to keep tabs on him.


    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Simpsons really doesnt just lump the ball forward like TDS he is quite regularly bombing down the wing pushing forward and overlapping Obertan

  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #37

    At this moment in time, who would you drop for Santon? Simmo or Raylor? As long as Spidey is on the left wing with Raylor I’d probably play Santon at RB to be honest.

    I know the conversation is steering away from Ranger, but tbh I have absolutely no time for the mug.


    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #38

    I’d drop Raylor for Santon. Simmo is just a better defender and gets forward more plus Guti would be free to get forward rather than cover Raylor and his lack defending.

    Stuff Ranger he is pony anyway 😉

  • kevymartins

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #39

    simmo is doing allright for us but when the sh it hits the fan like it will in jan what would you rather see??

    santon___saylor___collo___pieters or raylor
    or simmo___sayls__collo__santon??

    personally what i think is every1 has very high hopes with santon but i reckon he will reach his max potencial at rb after all he is right footed

  • Dannyo

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #40

    When it comes to getting players, i think it’ll be down to the injury situation, but i still think a striker and a CB/LB will come. I can’t say for sure ofc, thats just how i view it.

    And i think Saylor is a better player than Simmo, Saylor is only a year older, but he’s currently playing at his potential i think, there are 2 CBs there, and Saylor and Collo has “donated” equally many goals through mistakes.
    I saw Simmo once against Tottenham, and he got subbed, instead of Raylor who was handling Bale.
    That swapped ofc tho.

    Sorry, i just don’t think Simmo has it in him to be much better than he is. Never closes down defenders, and when he did (once) against Wolves, it nearly cost us a penalty.


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