Newcastle have only three experienced first team strikers in Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi and Demba Ba, and 17 year-old Adam Campbell is out injured until the new year, and it now looks like Shola Ameobi will be away with Nigeria in the African Cup of Nations starting in January. Add to that the fact we have the possibility that Demba Ba could exercise the release clause in his contract and leave for another club in January and we have a severe striker shortage.
Nile Ranger – given yet another chance
So it’s all hands to the pump as far as our strikers are concerned, and in that light it’s not surprising that Alan Pardew has allowed 21 year-old Nile Ranger to start training again with the first team, because Nile may be needed in the next few months.
The young striker has had too many brushes with the police over the last 19 months, and he is habitually late for training, but on the other hand Newcastle are paying him a decent wage (£3K/week) on his five year contract, and if Newcastle can get some games out of him, so be it.
The former England U19 International has been given a great chance to resurrect his career, if only he will realize that, but we’ll soon see what happens in the next few weeks, and whether Nile makes it into any of the Newcastle first team squads.
For the record Nile has appeared 58 times for Newcastle with three goals, and he played 12 times for the England U19 side with one goal.
We hope he seizes this chance with both feet.
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