Newcastle’s 20 year-old striker Nile Ranger today denied assaulting two revellers and two police officers during a night out in the Newcastle city center.
Nile Ranger – in court again today
The Londoner faces charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against Stephen Simpson and David Armstrong.
IN addition to that he also faces charges of assault by beating against two police officers, while he was out in the Newcastle city center on August 27th.
The England U19 striker appeared before Newcastle Crown Court today, but he denied all charges, and the outcome of the hearing was that he will now go on trial on June 26th, and the trial is expected to last for around three days.
The striker was signed from Southampton in August of 2008, after some troubled times as a juvenile, and at first he seems to do well on Tyneside, and not only played well and made a number of first team appearances, but he also kept himself out of trouble.
But that all seems to have ended last summer, when he was brought up for a drunk driving offense and then these charges of assault.
At the hearing this morning Judge Guy Whitburn agreed to continue Ranger’s conditional bail, which disallows him from entering the city center in Newcastle, which is designated as the parking meter zone.
The one proviso to that is when he is selected to play a home game for Newcastle United, which we don’t think will be anytime soon.
We expect Ranger to be sold in the summer, if Newcastle can find a team that will take him, although one obstacle to that happening is that he signed a lucrative five and a half year contract back in October of 2010.
It may be difficult for another club to match those terms: Ranger played 58 times for Newcastle with 3 goals.
Francisco Jiménez Tejada – better known as Xisco
And that just so happens to be a similar situation that Newcastle have with Xisco.
The Spanish U21 International still has 18 months left of his £50K/week deal at Newcastle he signed back in 2008, and Newcastle are having trouble unloading the Spaniard.
The 25 year-old has played only 9 times for Newcastle with one goal, which he scored on his debut against Hull City, but Newcastle have been unable to transfer him and get him off the wage bill over the last two summers.
And that’s mainly because of his high wages, and he’s on loan at his former club Deportivo for this season.
Ranger and Xisco are two well paid strikers who have no future at the Newcastle club.