It seems that Nile Ranger is starting to see how he has messed up big time in his personal life since the summer.
Nile Ranger – England U19 striker on loan at Barnsley
It’s been well documented that Nile has been in trouble with the police for drink related incidents since the summer, with Ranger being arrested for assault in August and then charged with being drunk and disorderly last month.
The incidents happened in Newcastle City Center and manager Alan Pardew has sent the youngster out on loan and away from Newcastle, in an attempt to save his career, but whether he has any future on Tyneside is debatable.
And the good news last week was that he was sent on a two month loan to Barnsley, and he came on in the 64th minute at Elland Road last Saturday to make his debut, as Barnsley put in a great performance to beat Leeds United 2-1.
Nile has talked about the lack of opportunities at other clubs due to his growing bad reputation:
“People in football look at me and say, ˜Yes, we like him. On the pitch he is good, but off it – a problem’,” “So no clubs have wanted to touch me, if I am being completely honest. Thank God for Barnsley then.”
“Barnsley sat me down and said they were going to take a risk and I am grateful for that. This is a fresh start for me and it is up to me now to perform as I can do,”
“I am hungry – in fact, I am starving for it. I know I have got to keep my nose clean off the pitch and that is what I will be trying hard to do.”
“I don’t exactly know many people in Barnsley so there is not much that is going to distract me from my game. So this is a good move for me because it means I can just focus on my football.”
“It is great here and I have settled in really well. This is a very good Barnsley team but if I get in and start games then I shall definitely score goals.”
That’s exactly what Nile Ranger needs to do at Barnsley – play well, train hard, and hiot some goals, and then he may have a chance to resurrect his career at Newcastle.
And Nile can thank Barnsley manager Keith Hill for this opportunity and Keith has stuck his neck out and shown some confidence in the 20 year-old Londoner.
But Nile will find it very hard at Newcastle with Demba Ba, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi all ahead of him in the striker ranks.
And Alan Pardew has played Ben Arfa in a withdrawn striker role in the last couple of games at the two Manchester clubs, as the Frenchman has added more creativity up front.
Add to that the fact that Newcastle will likely sign Mali striker Mobido Maiga from Soachaux in early January, and it will be tough for Nile Ranger to resuscitate his career on Tyneside.
Newcastle signed Nile from Southampton in the summer of 2008, after the south coast side decided to move him out because of his poor behavior off the pitch, and Nile has played 59 times for Newcastle with 3 goals.
We’ll certainly be following his progress of the 20 year-old in the next two months, and hope he can make it a win-win-win for Barnsley, Newcastle and himself before mid-January.