Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has today talked about his young striker, Nile Ranger, after the player appeared in court to deny charges of assault and being drunk and disorderly.
A smart Nile Ranger in court yesterday
It brings back memories of when another young Newcastle striker, Andy Carroll, kept appearing in the courts, but Andy has now left Newcastle of course for Liverpool.
The London-born striker’s address was given as Edwins Avenue South, Forest Hall, North Tyneside, and the 20 year-old pleaded not guilty to two counts of common assault.
He also pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and to a separate count of being drunk and disorderly, when he appeared before Newcastle Magistrates earlier today.
Ranger is accused of assaulting two people in addition to two police officers outside a bar in the Newcastle city center on Saturday, August 27th, and in addition to that, of being of being drunk and disorderly in Newcastle on an early Sunday morning, October 30th.
That doesn’t sound too good does it?
Alan Pardew had this to say today:
‘This is a guy who has got real talent and he needs to understand that there is a professionalism that comes with his football.” “I think he does understand that now.’
It’s hard to believe that with these charges, (and yes he’s innocent until proven guilty), and with his general lack of enthusiasm or dedication in training, and his lack of professionalism, that he can have any future at Newcastle United.
But Alan Pardew is trying to get him out on loan before the loan deadline of next week, but we understand that is meant to be only a short term loan deal, so he can get more involved with playing first team football.
As we reported this morning there are at least three Championship clubs interested in taking the player on loan.
Ranger’s next court appearance before Newcastle Magistrates will be on January 12th, when he will be committed to the Crown Court for the alleged assaults, and then face trial for being drunk and disorderly.
It’s a sad affair, that’s for sure, and it’s not great advertising for the Newcastle United club either.