Newcastle’s 21 year-old striker Nile Ranger, who has got himself into trouble on a few occasions over the last year with the police, had a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday last season and he played 8 times and scored two goals, and that followed a five game loan spell at Barnsley.
Nile Ranger – has wasted his many talents
The news in the Sunday Sun today is that Owls manager Dave Jones wanted Nile to go out on loan again to the Hillsborough club, but Nile delayed making a decision which forced Wednesday to move on to other loan targets.
That didn’t please Newcastle too much, for a player who in October of 2010 signed a new five year deal on excellent terms, and that has contract been a barrier for the Magpies in trying to unload a player who now has no future on Tyneside.
And to make things a little bit worse, Nile has picked up a knee injury which will keep him out of action for four weeks.
Alan Pardew was willing to give Nile Ranger a chance when he arrived on Tyneside in January of 2010, but as soon as the former West Ham manager arrived he stated publicly that Nile had to improve on his professionalism on Tyneside, if he was going to make it in football.
And to cut a long story short, Nile hasn’t done that, and that’s why he has no future at the club, but Newcastle have also found it hard to sell him to other clubs because of his high wages, and presumably his skirmishes with the law over the last year.
Nile will be made available for loan once he returns to full fitness, but it turns out he didn’t attract much interest in the summer, with only Sheffield Wednesday wanting him.
Nile Ranger is a sad case in football, becasue he has the skills to make it, and that’s usually the hardest part of becoming successful in professional football.
But his lax ways and his failure to give 100% in training have turned the England U19 International into a has been at just 21,.
There’s still time for Nile Ranger to save his career - but he needs to wake up and see the light very quickly, or else the great chance he had to become a successful footballer will be lost.
It may already have been lost, and as we said – it’s sad when these things happen to a young gifted footballer.
For the record, Nile played 58 times with three goals for Newcastle and played 12 times with one goal for the England U19 side.
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