This Youngster Has Wasted His Many Talents At Newcastle

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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40 comments so far

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Pards said in an interview recently Ranger will never play for us under him again?

    Matter of time before we can shift the dead wood…

  • Dannyo

    Sep 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Not in an interview of such, it was during the charity dinner he said that.

  • Wandering Geordie

    Sep 9, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Waste of time and effort…He needs to take a long good look at himself and count his self very fortunate that he has not been jailed and that he continues to pick up a good wage for doing nothing.

    Look at those that are in the street and have no hope and no money..And I see it everyday here in Lima….He makes me sick and very angry..Grow up very quickly son or prison looms.

  • Grafton83

    Sep 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #4

    I can’t believe he’s made anything like 58 apperances. That must include reserve games does it?

    Anyway he’s thrown away his chance, what a clever boy he is. He can go back to hanging out in his gang parading infront of cameras with his toy guns.

  • cla5hb0y68

    Sep 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Pity his employers can’t sack him for gross misconduct. i.e. bringing the club’s name into disrepute due to his numerous arrests, poor performance at work etc. Then the club wouldn’t have to pay him for the rest of his contract, at least that’s how it would work in the real world. Surely clubs could do more to protect themselves from wasters like Ranger, without being held to ransom?


    Sep 9, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    I was looking at his pictures on twitter.. Just imagine if had no rangerover and his cash, he’d have no “mates” he’s not even a “gansta” just a complete thick sht

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Sep 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Team everton:

    Anita Saylor Colo Santon
    Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
    Ben Arfa Cisse Ba

    Or even if Ba doesn’t want to play on the left, play him on the right and Benny on the left! 🙂

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #8


    Dunno why footballers contracts don’t have ‘ breach of contract’ provisions in them regarding personal behaviour. Maybe its too hard to write a form of words for the kind of circumstances when a player is taking the pish like PowerRanger.
    If he’s on £10k a week then he’s going to get £2m+ for just messing around as a gangsta for four years. Surely that’s enough to spend a bit in legal fees to try to get him out.

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s really sad. He looked a terrific prospect but he stopped listening to people at the club who were trying to help him.

  • Dannyo

    Sep 9, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #10

    I feel Xisco and Ranger are the last two examples of the older days at the club. Overrated, overpaid, underperforming.
    With those two out, it’d really feel like alle the old stuff was gone and we’d have a full group of respectfull of humble men playing their hearts out for the club.
    On the right wages and fees too.
    Xisco and Ranger sticks out like a sore thumb.


    Sep 9, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #11

    @grafton 83 most of them would of been substitute appearances when we were in the championship.

    I hope this prick has a shit future, and ends up playing for a non league team.

  • cla5hb0y68

    Sep 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #12

    Dannyo – Bit harsh on Xisco, when was then last time you read about any unsavoury antics about him? At least he tries to act like a professional footballer, even if he aint all that good.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #13

    I remember when he came on against Liverpool and Arsenal as a sub in our first season back in the Premier League and he terrorized both defenses with his pace and power. Thought he could have been a great player and that is probably why he got such a lucrative contract, however he would rather be a plastic gangster than improve the raw talent that he has.

    He is the polar opposite to Sammy Ameobi if you ask me like and every time Ranger looks at him he should be kicking himself and saying that should have been me, what a shame.

  • GeordieDan

    Sep 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Ranger reminds me a lot of that fat, chav, complete arsehole that won the lottery a few years back and blew the lot on drugs, smashing cars up, crazy parties, being a general wannabe gangsta that sort of thing.

    The point being that it doesn’t matter what opportunity you give to a person like that they will always return sooner or later to the pathetic existance from where they originally came and squander any opportunity or help anyone might try to give them.

    Basically Ranger is a complete arseh*le. Always was, always will be. Sure he’s got a couple of quid now and he thinks he’s laughing at the world, blah, blah, blah but who in their right mind will give the prick a chance after everything he’s done now?

    I’d put my house on him being bankrupt and/or in jail for a lengthly period in 10 years time wondering why the world hates him so much.

    Well in 10 years time Nile you can take it from me its because your a twat and you thoroughly deserve it for pissing on the chance any one of us would dream of. Up yours pal 😀

  • therush12

    Sep 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #15

    This idiot was in whitley bay on friday walking around like gods gift mortal drunk! Can honesty say what an arrogant little pr*ck he really is

  • Dannyo

    Sep 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #16

    My problem with him is he doesn’t have any sporting motives.
    He’s driven by money.
    If he wasn’t driven by money he’d moved on a long time ago.
    Still he sits here collecting his paycheck that Wise was stupid enough to give him.
    It’s not Xiscos fault for being given the money, but it’s his fault for being a player driven by money and not by football.
    That’s “antics” enough for me.

  • k

    Sep 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #17

    “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.” you said Ed.

    I reason he hasn’t proved anything in the game, therefor you cannot say he has “any talent at 94 minutes of football in the professional game at the higher levels.” He hasn’t proved it in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. All he has/had is/was perceived potential.

    IMO all anyone is doing is stroking the ego when you say he has talent.

    Another thing though, I’d want to point out, this ‘talent’ labelling should apply to every player. E.g. Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson, the ginger bros Campbell and Newton. It doesn’t matter if anyone thinks they are a great lads or an absolute bastards.

  • pbNcl

    Sep 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #18

    I don’t think its sad at all. I think the kid’s a clown. Jus look at his face, you wanna slap it with a toilet brush arrogant little wa#€ splat! I wouldn’t give him 15 minutes on shields road or wallsend. Little gnat feels safe in jesmond and the like. Horrible little tool. Nowt but a wanna be bully boy

  • BeeGuy

    Sep 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t know, but suspect, that NUFC have isolated Xisco & Ranger so that their football skills will diminish. I assume that this Soviet era non-person status will achieve its goal.

    The re-habilitaion moment for Ranger will come if he is found not guilty in his assult case. With that he might find his way back into the squad-without, and its off to jail.

  • pbNcl

    Sep 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Even if he’s found not guilty that won’t change a damn thing. This taty will never be welcome in our dressing room. Can you see him getting along with lads like the damba’s and simpson, cabaye and colo. I can’t. Tiote would end up eating him

  • blew

    Sep 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #21

    58 games and 3 goals, he certainly is a talented striker. Which ace talent spotter recruited him ? Wasted talent – someone is myopic, pay him off.

  • t00ntime

    Sep 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #22

    @pbncl actually at the reserve games he seemed to be having a great time with all the reserve players and cabaye

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #23

    pbNcl- it’s sad that someone with such talent has wasted such a wonderful opportunity to make something of himself. At 17 he was already in England ‘s youth side.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Any half decent brief could have got this loon sacked for gross misconduct ages ago.


    Sep 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #25

    The only comment that i would like to make on this is that XISCO,s only mistake was not being in favour by different managers with us over the years!

    To compare him in way shape or form to Nul Ranger is totally unfair to the Lad!
    I would bring Xisco back from Spain and let him start to earn the money and wages he has cost us!

  • k

    Sep 9, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #26


    By the sounds of the hearsay the older pros and the other mature pros would literally pin the lad to the highest peg. Never mind bring him down a peg or two. If he is as much as a chav as people are saying.

    My problem is, not if he is a perceived cnut, but when people freely use the term talent and say the lad has ‘talent’, when he has yet to prove he has any talent for the upper levels in football. No premier league club needs a lower league standard player who has never proved his talent, labelled as talented.

    The problem with Nile at the moment, I reckon, is he genuinely has a mindset that he has talent, and this helps him justify a lack of professionalism, focus and commitment; as a result his lifestyle is also silly. Yet he hasn’t proved he has any talent. Never mind proving ir consistently. This is hurting his progress. And this mindset has destroyed the progress of many players way better than Nile at his age.

    Also if the lad is as bad as people are saying in his gangster attitude I guess he’ll be rejected from the group and he might be better off moving on.

  • bills-son

    Sep 9, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Giving Ranger a 5 year contract has to be the worst bit of business Pardew and Ashley have done since they got together. He can’t be a good influence around the club and on the training ground and he should have been parceled off to another club on loan with us paying all of his wages. Anything to get shot of the idiot.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 9, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #28

    Hard to believe this lad was rated higher than andy carroll at the start of the chanpionship season!
    This boy a spoilt little pr1ck who has p1ssed away the chance of a lifetime hiw many ppl would give everything to be in his position?
    He’s done the same at every club he’s ever been at and always will should just get shot of the little gangster wannabe

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 9, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Jeez any seen holloway saying theres no way tom ince will go for the £5 mil tag being qouted and he had noticed joe allen had gone for £15 mil!!
    The difference holloway is that joe allen is a) over priced b) is proven at top flight c) is a welsh international and has played in the olympics
    No wonder we didnt go in with an improved offer!

  • Ian Magpie

    Sep 9, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Why are we even discussing this waste of space?????????????? Anyone who arses up the chance to play for the Toon is an utter arse and should be forgotten about! …………………..NEXT!

  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #31

    The guy has thrown away a golden opportunity,anyone in their right mind would do whatever it took to get in his position.
    He’s a waster…..
    Bags n bags of potential ,he doesn’t deserve to earn a penny.We actually have talented strikers at the club but both Ranger n Xisco won’t be utilized as they’re both seemingly uninterested in training.
    Ranger is always late for training cause he stays up all night playing Fifa and driving around in his Rover

  • robcstar

    Sep 9, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Wasn’t it Shearer who gave him his contract?

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 9, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #33

    I feel as though Ranger’s fall from grace coincided with the signing of the big contract. Strange bit of business that by Newcastle, who you can only suppose were convinced they had a top player on their hands. I think Ranger thought he had already made it when he was given that big deal, or never felt he could fulfill it.

    Xisco seems a similar story, given a contract he hadn’t earned and never tried to live up to or plain couldn’t.

    I think Ashley has made mistakes, but he does seem a quick study and he isn’t likely to make such mistakes again.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Sep 9, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #34

    Guys, how amazing would it be if Xisco was picked for the Everton game, came on and scored the winner! Couldn’t you imagine the chants!!

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #35

    To go against public opinion, i actually feel sorry for the lad, its not good when your manager publicly states that he will never play for him again.
    Obviously he has made some serious mistakes.. I think his first point of call to sort things out would be to ditch the hangers on!

  • giimps

    Sep 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #36

    I thought it was Hughton who gave him the big contract but I could be wrong.
    However, when he signed and was having those good games coming off the bench to terrorise defences, he had Kevin Nolan and Hughton who were on his side and advising him.
    Now he has no-one, no family, no friends apart from his hangers on and no chance of rebuilding his career.
    As much as I think hes wasted his career to date, I also think if he got a move away abroad for a season and Knuckled down, he has the ability (as he has shown on a few occasions) to change a few peoples opinions.
    I for one would like to see him move abroad and come back without the scum he has attached to him, just to see if it would turn his life around.
    If he stays in this country, he will either be in jail or be dead in 10 years!!

  • alan48

    Sep 9, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #37

    Wednesdayite in peace [and a regular visitor to the Toon].
    Didn’t rate him to a great extent with us . Seemed lazy and rarely showed any interest , so why Dave Jones wants him I dont know . Jones does like to try and reform characters [ Gary Madine , Reda Johnson who are with us ] so may see Ranger as his biggest challenge .

    Good luck to Toon – only one Chrissy Waddle !

  • check the toastie

    Sep 9, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Rangers deal was sorted before Pards was settled in, i imagine the type of shit this lad was getting away with was one of the reasons why Houghton was binned, too soft on dickheads, inc Nolan, Barton and carroll in that, bad attitudes IMO.

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 9, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #39

    When you consider the fact that players of Ranger’s type (explosive personality but legit potential) are more fitted towards lower division clubs, it really hits you how badly the guy has blown his chance at the big time.

    I would assume a Championship or league 1 side would be willing to take the risks to sign him, but he’s squandered his fortune of playing for a major club.

    Shame, I remember the 4-4 vs Arsenal where Ranger nearly won us the game on 2 separate chances, he made a definite impression on me, but he has to learn to grow up.

  • Brutooon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #40

    This guy got potential, i remember 2 seasons ago he was an excellent impact sub against liverfool and we won that match 3-1

    If he can keep his discipline inside and outside the pitch he be a good player – too bad he can’t


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