Newcastle Youngster Returns To First Team Squad

We noticed that Nile Ranger was on the bench on Wednesday night at Blackburn.

Nile Ranger – back in the first team squad

And we thought he must have been behaving himself, and news today that he is indeed back in the first team squad, after being away for three months.

It turns out that Ranger returned to the first team squad a couple of weeks ago, and he has again been trying to improve his timeliness and attitude at the club.

But on a BBC Newcastle phone-in recently Alan Pardew said that Ranger was his sixth choice striker, so Nile still has a long way to go at Newcastle, and he could still be sold in January, or sent out on loan.

And similar to Andy Carroll before him he has a court case coming up for a drunk driving offense.

Nile played well for the Reserves against Liverpool Reserves last week, and his inclusion on the bench on Wednesday was for that good performance,  plus his improved attitude.

Ranger has a contract through the summer of 2015, which he signed last October, but we think if there is interest in the 20 year-old striker in January, he could be on his way either in a permanent deal or out on loan to get some games.

Nile had this to say today about his predicament:

“It has been frustrating, but you just have to get on with it.” “You have ups and downs in your career and you just have to be strong enough to get through it.”

“I have not had the chance this season and I have not been told anything.” “My ultimate dream is still to play for Newcastle.”

We suppose Nile could still have a future on Tyneside if he knuckles down, trains hard, and shows some good form in the next couple of months, but he’s unlikely to get many games for the first team,  with so many strikers in front of him in the pecking order at Newcastle.

Maybe a loan deal in January would be the best for both parties at this stage, and then we can see how he does at some Championship club.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Ollieh51

    Oct 28, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Take advantage of it you MUG!


    Oct 28, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh I bet all the new players are a flutter with excitment at working with such a talented and respectful young player like Nile….brrrrrap brrrrrap

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    sell him, or shoot him, one of the 2!

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Indian Mag > id swap him for Hernandez 😉

  • Klatoon

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Hows he 6th choice striker? Ba,Best,Ameobi,HBA(???),Lovens…

  • Klatoon

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7

    …unless HBA is ‘officially’ a striker now?

  • geoff777

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Good to see Nile back.

    He must have been doing the right things at the training ground.

    Pleased he’s being rewarded for his efforts.

    Hope he gets a chance off the bench to stake a claim.

    Potentially he’s so much better than Best.

  • laurentrobert32

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    @Klatoon… Sammy is also ahead of him

  • MichaelMagMan

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Sammy is a winger mate, baffles me why everybody thinks he is a striker.

  • ronjohno

    Oct 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    I predicted ages ago a great future for Ranger actually “willing” him to score but he continually made a right hash of my comments with his training attitude and off field antics.
    Mates take the P saying he will never see sense and that I am mad but I really do wish he would try and realise what an opportunity he has to make something of his life.
    I did disagree with 5 year contract as it took all incentive away and he did not deserve it anyway and must admit I had given up on him ever maturing.
    BUT here I go again I really do hope he proves me right at last.
    I know – FAT CHANCE but…….

  • moonraker

    Oct 28, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #12

    I would love it if Nile got his act together and fulfilled his potential. So many greater talents than him have never even reached the level he’s at due to outside influences so you never know. Time will tell 🙂

  • toonincheek

    Oct 28, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Too much going on in the background to give an opinion.

    I’ll trust AP’s judgment and hope for the best.

    ‘Course, recalling him to the first team squad could still be a way of indicating he has changed his ways, thereby increasing his value.

    Or maybe I’m just too cynical.


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