Newcastle seem to have fixed up a loan deal for their 20 year-old striker Nile Ranger.
Nile Ranger – after his court appearance on Thursday
The news posted on the Newcastle web-site is once the paperwork is done and dusted, then Ranger will be on loan to the Championship club until 14th January.
There’s every chance that the deal can be put through quickly, and allow Nile to make his debut for Barnsley tomorrow , and if the switch is finalised in time he could make his debut at Oakwell on Saturday against Doncaster Rovers.
Alan Pardew had said he was keen to get the 20 year-old out on loan and away form Newcastle, so he could concentrate on first team games, and it looks like that’s been achieved.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“Nile needs to go out on loan and needs regular games to help his development as a footballer.:”
“He has real talent, the time is right for him to go out and play, and Barnsley have a very good player for a couple of months.”
Ranger has got himself into trouble a few times since the summer, and he appeared in court on three charges linked with drinking on Thursday, and his next court appearance will be in January.
Alan is probably right that this is a good move to make for the England U19 International, and at least he’ll get some first team games at Barnsley.
But Nile also needs to sort himself, and very quickly, if he is to have any future at Newcastle United.
But it seems that manager Pardew hasn’t given up on him completely, and there was some news earlier today that Leon Best is to be his unofficial mentor.
Leon’s brief will be to keep the London lad out of trouble, and it seems similar to the role that former captain Kevin Nolan played with Andy Carroll, when the Gateshead lad got himself into some difficulties with the police, before he left for Liverpool last January.