Nile Ranger’s career at Newcastle is almost certainly over.
Nile Ranger – charged with being drunk and disorderly
The 20 year-old was again arrested following a night out drinking with friends on Saturday night, and this comes just days after Ranger learned he will have to face court action for an alleged drunk-driving offence.
And the former Southampton youngster is shortly due to answer bail over an alleged attack in the Newcastle city center, that left a man with a suspected broken jaw.
Police arrested the striker in the city center the early hours of Sunday morning, and he was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and will now face Newcastle Magistrates later this month.
It’s a big surprise because the news was that he was getting his career back on track and had only recently been reinstated into the Newcastle first team, and was on the bench in last Wednesday’s 4-3 defeat at Blackburn in the Carling Cup.
It seemed in the summer that Alan Pardew had just had enough of the striker, who is often late to training and doesn’t show the necessary seriousness and dedication in his training, and he was told to find another club in the summer.
But nothing materialized although a loan move was almost set up for him to move to Blackpool, but the Londoner turned down the move because of the personal terms.
Nile just signed a bumper five year deal at Newcastle last October, and that seems to be one of the barriers to him moving to another club.
This is the second drinking offense that he’s been charged with recently, and it will be interesting to see how Alan Pardew handles this matter, but we just cannot see Nile Ranger making it in football, and certainly not at Newcastle, who are currently flying high in 4th place in the league.
It’s a waste of his talents, but that old saying about you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink is a good one and appropriate in Ranger’s case.
Nile has been told repeatedly what he needs to do to become a successful professional footballer, but he’s been getting himself into trouble this season, and we cannot see Newcastle having much more patience with this lad.
It’s a sad story to have to report about the youngster, especially when Newcastle are flying so high this season.
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