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Update – It’s Good News On Nile Ranger

10:43 am, Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

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earlier this week,  and saw his young striker score after only 8 minutes,  and Nile had a useful game before he was withdrawn in the second half in the 2-2 draw.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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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 magpie6699 // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Something about spots and leopards? Hope I’d like to be wrong.

  • 2 archaeomag // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    ED – Thanks for reminding us he is from London – it helps put it all in perspective.

  • 3 Toon_Jock // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    He will have to score ALOT of goals and match winning ones for the next 4 years or so to win me around…. including a couple of hatricks against the Mackems!!

  • 4 wynsleap // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    This is obviously his last chance. Hope he takes it but have my doubts.

  • 5 Graeme // Nov 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    If he can change is attitude, he still has the potential he has always had to be a very good player. Its up to him to make the grade, nobody else can do it for him.

  • 6 Blaydon-Toon // Nov 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Wow he is Turing up on time great …. If any joe Bloggs continually turned up late in any other profession they would be sacked so wy is he so special – the bloke is a waster !

  • 7 croftus5678 // Nov 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    reminds me a lot of joey barton absolutely great player (in bartons case / untried in rangers) but the attitude that can bring a whole team down.

    i personally think he has had too many chances and am placing my hopes in campbell but if anyone can controll his attitude there’s no one better than pards as look at what he’s done with benny

  • 8 Big Pappa Cissé // Nov 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    The guy is a complete bum. Having said that, he is talented and is on a pretty long contract so we are stuck with him for the time being. Might as well try to get some use out of him

  • 9 bro56 // Nov 22, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    stinks of desperation.

    Pardew said he’d never play again for him but since we didnt sign adequate cover, vucic injured, cisse having a mare.. hes back in the fold?!

    he’ll never change, or he will if the club pretend he learning to save them signing another forward..

  • 10 danuneek // Nov 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I don’t like his attitude. I would never renew his contract. I don’t care how well he does from now on. He’s obviously a prat who thinks he’s a gangster. He never showed enough on the pitch either. How many goals did he score?

  • 11 Munster Mag // Nov 22, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    I’d like to drag the waster into Munster’s home, Thomond Park , Limerick. Gym for half the day than have the shit kicked out of him for 80 minutes in a game then see him appreciate the life and potential wealth he has. The wee bollocks. Like him potentially as a player though.

  • 12 NUFC_LEAZES END // Nov 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Don’t ev want to see him in our first team ever again, he’s a 1st class twat and people like Adam Campbell and xisco deserve a chance well before him

  • 13 Charlietoon // Nov 22, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Disgraceful. His behaviour and conduct are not good enough for a normal human being let alone someone representing NUFC and being payed a fortune (compared to your average Joe). His contract should have been torn up when he assaulted a police officer and we as a club should be moving on.

  • 14 Sav // Nov 23, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Don’t knock him too soon as its looking increasingly like Mashley’s policy on lack of transfers is going to leave Pards with little option than to roll out the red carpet for Ranger.
    On the other hand…if Nile batters defences like late night revellers and demolish opponents as if they ere the door to his girlfriend’s flat, we’ll be sorted and making up songs to sing about him.




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