We put an article out a couple of days ago on two strikers who seem to have not future at Newcastle, for different reasons – those players were Xisco and Nile Ranger.
Nile Ranger – still late to training
Xisco has just over eight months of his five year contract to go – at £50K/week – and then he will be off Newcastle’s books.
Nile Ranger has almost three years left on his five year deal, but since he’s been in a lot of trouble with the law over these last 15 months, Newcastle would like to unload him permanently or send him out on loan, if some club would take him.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has talked about the 21 year-old London lad today in the Evening Chronicle, and things don’t seem to have improved much over the last couple of years:
“I think I’ve been fair with him.” “This guy is late so often, it is unbelievable. He’s still at this football club and we’re still trying to do something with him.” “But he will still not get back in the team unless he has a period of six weeks where he isn’t late.” “I don’t think it is going to happen.”
“It is important, I’m not going to let him train with my first team because he is letting the other players down.” “It’s up to him.” “The bottom line is we haven’t got four or five clubs queuing up to take him.”
“In fact we haven’t got one club queuing up for him.” “That should be alarm bells in his head to get his act in order.” “But maybe he doesn’t want to be a footballer.”
As soon as Alan arrived on Tyneside in December of 2010, he talked about Nile always being late to training, and that it wasn’t good enough, and when he does train, he’s not exactly giving 100%.
Alan called him on it very early in his tenure on Tyneside, but from the manager’s comments he doesn’t seem to have learned much over the last couple of years.
Will the penny ever drop for Nile Ranger?
What do you think?
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