Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said that 20 year-old Nile Ranger is the only youngster leaving the club, before next Thursday’s loan deadline rolls around.
Nile Ranger – only youngster to be sent out on loan
Nile Ranger joined Barnsley on a two-month loan deal on Friday, but he wasn’t included in the Barnsley squad, that beat Doncaster Robers 2-0 at Oakwell yesterday.
Alan had said recently that he was thinking of sending Mehdi Abeid, Shane Ferguson and Haris Vuckic out on loan deals before next Thursday, but it seems he has changed his mind.
It would now be a surprise iof any of the three youngsters was loaned out, and this is what Alan Pardew said today:
“Outside of Nile, I’m not envisaging much more activity,” “Shane Ferguson has come back from Northern Ireland injured.” “He’s having a scan.”
“Haris, I’m umming and ahhing about whether we need to keep him in and around the building, and the same with Mehdi.”
“Mehdi has a situation where the Olympic team have a tournament and he’s got something like 4-5 games in that tournament, which is something like three weeks.”
“That’s something I might do – I think it’d be good for him, good for their Olympic team as well.”
Nile Ranger was a special case, because after all the trouble he has been involved in with police and his drinking since the summer, Pardew though it was best to get the 20 year-old Londoner away from Newcastle for a couple of months.
And Nile should be able to get first team appearances at Barnsley, and no doubt Alan Pardew will see how he does there – but to impress he needs to score goals, that’s for sure.
It’s an open question as to whether this lad has any future on Tyneside, but we don’t think he has, and he could well be sold in the summer.