Newcastle are short of at one good striker, but we have two strikers on the books who have no future at the club, but are being paid good wages, but will never play for the first team.
Nile Ranger – outside Newcastle crown Court
The first one is 21 year Nile Ranger, who seems to have dropped back into trouble with the police, which he had in London when he was younger.
And today Ranger was given a 12 month conditional discharge after being convicted of assaulting two police officers in August of last year.
That was his first brush with police since he joined Newcastle in the summer of 2008, after being let go by Southampton.
The England U19 striker also ordered to pay £750 to each police officer, but was cleared of two counts of actual bodily harm.
The hearing was held in Newcastle Crown Court today.
Nile Ranger has no future at Newcastle, but since he signed a five-year deal back in October of 2010, he has every legal right to hang around and get paid by Newcastle, and there’s no way Newcastle can end his contract,
If Newcastle couldn’t end Joey Barton’s contract when he was given a six month jail sentence then we have no chance of doing that with Nile Ranger.
Xisco shown in training this season
The other striker who is getting good money at the club but has not future on Tyneside is 26 year-old Spanish U21 striker Xisco, who joined Newcastle just after Nile Ranger arrived, on the last day of the summer transfer window in the summer of 2008.
But Xisco just wasn’t good enough to play in the Premier League, and has been sent out on loan a few times, but is now at Newcastle and training every day with the squad and actually played a game for the Newcastle U21 side last Monday night at Aston Villa.
Xisco cost Newcastle £5.7M from Deportivo, and he’s appeared 11 times for the first team with one goal, but the Spaniard will not make any more first team appearances on Tyneside.
Xisco is reportedly getting £50K/week in wages, and Newcastle will have to pay that through the end of next June, when his five year deal expires, and then Xisco will leave Newcastle.
Whether he can get hitched up with another club after that time we don’t know, but he’s one of the worst signings ever made by Newcastle, through no fault of his own.
So we have two strikers at the club, being paid very good money, but neither one of them will ever be used by Alan Pardew in the Newcastle first team – ever again.
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