The Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said young Nile Ranger still has a long way to go, and has a lot of making up to do at Newcastle with himself and the other players, but the news this morning is that he’s been turning up on time for training, which is unusual for the 21 year-old London lad, and so far so good on his return to training and playing football at Newcastle.
Nile Ranger – in action at the Stadium of Light earlier this week
We all know about the trouble Nile has got himself into with police since August of last year, but with the dearth of strikers at the club, Alan Pardew has allowed the 21 year-old to start training again with the first team squad.
And Alan was at the game at Sunderland earlier this week, and saw his young striker score after only 8 minutes, and Nile had a useful game before he was withdrawn in the second half in the 2-2 draw.
The really sad thing about this lad is that he has the ability, but he doesn’t have the temperament or the correct attitude to become a top footballer, or so it seems.
This is what Alan Pardew said about Nile today in the local papers:
“He has got a lot of making up to do to me, and the group.” “Well he’s fit for the first time.” “And he’s been on time for training.” “He is beginning to hopefully put himself in order and be a professional footballer.” “So at the moment it is good news on Nile.” “Hopefully it stays like that.”
Only time will tell whether Ranger can turn things around, and we’d all love to see Nile buckle down and start training seriously and do exactly what Alan Pardew tells him to do, and there’s still time – even now – for him to become a success on Tyneside.
And this is another chance we never thought he’s get at Newcastle, so if he’s now a sensible lad – he’ll take this opportunity with both feet – literally.
What do you think?
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