Nile Ranger has joined Sheffield Wednesday until the end of the season.
Nile Ranger – on loan at Sheffield Wednesday through end of the season
Since Nile is now fit again, it is a chance for the 20 year-old to get his career on track again, and the loan deal was completed just before yesterday’s deadline for Football League loans.
Ranger had a short spell at Barnsley earlier this year, when he made just 5 appearances before he returned to Newcastle with an injury.
But since there seems no way he would be able to get games in the Newcastle first team this season, Alan Pardew has sent him out on loan to a club that James Tavernier was at earlier this season.
Ranger has been in trouble again with the law, and he has already made two court appearances this week in front of Newcastle Magistrates.
The 20-year-old admitted to failing to keep his bail conditions, which were set while he awaits trial for four assault charges at Newcastle Crown Court in June.
Ranger was given a six-month conditional discharge earlier this week and ordered to pay court costs, after admitting to a charge of being drunk and disorderly last October.
Nile Ranger could well have played his last game for Newcastle, since both Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley will not look too kindly on his altercations with the law since last August.
But Nile has a contract through 2016 which is a good one, and it may be hard for other clubs to match the terms, so who knows, perhaps he will be like Xisco and stay on Newcastle’s books being paid a decent wage, while he never plays for Newcastle again.
That’s even a likely scenario, although Newcastle will try to sell him in the summer, but as we’ve seen with Xisco, that can be difficult when the lad’s on such a good wage.
Sheffield Wednesday are third top of League One and just two points behind Sheffield United for an automatic promotion place, and Chairman Milan Mandaric sacked manager Gary Megson in late February and replaced him with former Southampton, Wolves and Cardiff City manager, Dave Jones.
There’s still a slim chance that the 20 year-old can wake up and get his football career back on track, and even make it on Tyneside, but we have a feeling he’s missed the boat on that one.
What do you think?