Bad Boy Back – Good News On Newcastle Star

Newcastle have a very important game this Sunday at Southampton, and Alan Pardew has included 21 year-old Nile Ranger in the squad for the game, and with Shola Ameobi out injured it’s not really much of a surprise.

Nile Ranger – back in first team squad

Nile is paid a good wage by Newcastle, and if we can use him we should, even though he’s had lots of trouble with police over the last 19 months or so, and probably hasn’t yet fully earned his recall to the first team squad.

If you think about it, the inclusion of Ranger wasn’t really a choice Alan Pardew had, because Nile is probably the best striker left to replace Shola, with 17 year-old Adam Campbell out injured until the new year.

This is what the Newcastle manager said about the situation:

“Let’s just say he’s knuckled down. I still think he owes us and I said that to him this morning, so I’m not saying anything that I haven’t said to him personally.

“I think he owes us and now is the time to be humble, come in and play football and concentrate on football.”

We hope Nile will give 100% in his training, and if he comes on and gets some playing time we hope he does very well.

And there was good news today about both Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse who were injured last night.

Alan Pardew says Cisse has a decent chance of playing at Southampton on Sunday, and Ben Arfa’s hamstring stain is not too serious, and he could be back within just a couple of weeks – so that’s good news on the French International.

Ben Arfa brilliantly set up Sylvain Marveaux’s goal last night, before he had to leave the game with his hamstring injury, but the 13 times capped French International is sheer class, and we can score any time with Ben Arfa on the pitch, either by Ben Arfa setting up the goal as he did last night, or this lad scoring himself.

We have to hope we can some of our other stars back soon, and Fabricio Coloccini will return to the side next Wednesday night at Stoke, after he will have served his three match ban for being sent off at Liverpool.

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102 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Times really is ‘ard.

  • toonpanda18

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #2

    anyone know how many fans we are taking to southampton on sunday?!

  • Graeme

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #3

    What’s wrong with Xisco?

    Has kept his nose clean, put the graft in, upset nobody and has been scoring for the reserves. Having this t**sser brought in over the top of him must seem like a right kick in the danglies.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Graeme…don’t think Xisco will be used unless we really have to.

    …he is leaving either in January or in the summer 🙂

  • t00ntime

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Simple xisco isnt good enough. Last time i saw him he was useless, then he scored a hat-trick, i thought maybe he jas changed but since then i only ever see lee ryder say (on twitter) “xisco missed a sitter” or “good chance their for xisco” but havent heard about him scoring so if he cant score and AP thinks NR is the better option i will trust him.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Listen to talk sport ,

  • archaeomag

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #7

    We got Nile Ranger from Southampton – insert your own joke here . . . .

  • Edd Case

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Happy to see Ranger back in the squad PURELY on a footballing basis because the lad is a strong, quick striker and he will cause problems.

    Xsico won’t play because Pards said he was injured but even if he wasn’t, I’m sure I read something, somewhere about him not playing again for the first team because of a clause in his contract.

    So many first team games = more money to Deportivo or something?

    Wouldn’t expect to see him again.

  • Graeme

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Ranger has been out of the first team scene for so long he should be ready to give up his first-born for this chance too impress. I hope he has the balls and bottle to pull it off.

    It could turn out to be the resurrection of his football life at NUFC – I hope he takes it with both hands.

  • mattnufc

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #10

    I heard somewhere Xisco is 1 game away from activating a contract clause where Newcastle have to pay Deportivo La Coruna a fee based on his appearances. He has played 9 games so far, so I guess it is plausible the tenth will activate it and I also can’t believe Ranger deserves it more than Xisco.

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #11


    of course this is all conjecture, but, it is widely rumoured xisco is gay. could this have something to do with it?

    not sure, but if he is in fact homosexual, i wouldn’t be surprised, especially with the good old boys at our club during most of his time here.

    anyway, here he’s injured atm

  • Super Magpie

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Bad times indeed. Shows how desperate we are that we now have to bring Ranger back. Worrying times ahead for us.

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #13

    theres so much about that when a player doesn’t play. think it’s a load of s*** honestly.

    the williamson thing at portsmouth made sense of course, but not really buying that about xisco…..TEN appearances? c’mon. maybe 100 goals or even 50 goals or fifty appearances, but not 10. that’s tripe, if i’m honest

  • mattnufc

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Well, it happened for player called Graeme Grant.

  • fleury14

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Has anybody noticed how open we have been without gutti in the side.I know he lacks the forward play he once had,but he brings so much to the team,in the aspect of are shape and defensive paySince hes been out of the side we have lost two and drawn one.I for one and so happy hes back very underated player and has been given a hard tie of late by us fans.I think we will be a lot stronger with perch and gutti in the side.Think pardew will go this on sun


    simmo willo taylor santon

    sammy perch toite guti


    Let us know what you think cheers guys

  • Dannyo

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Xisco has a knock.

  • Graeme

    Nov 23, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Cant see what difference it makes which side he bats for, to be honest. This is 2012 ffs, not 1962 – each to their own.

  • Dannyo

    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #18
  • 89Norcal

    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #19

    If Nile has a good game, it will be a wonderful opportunity for Pards to play even more hardball with him, or else Ranger will return to that cycle of using his talent or performances as a pardon to his idiotic behavior.

    I don’t care if he scores a hat trick, he will still be a waste in my eyes until he stays disciplined for at least a full calender year.

  • Graeme

    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #20

    I don’t think anyone doubt’s Jonas has skills, but he no longer cuts it as a winger and hasn’t done for some time. He is ok at the back, not bad in midfield, but he is no longer the winger he once was and has no end product.


    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Lawro has us to lose Sunday so I’m feeling pretty confident of 3 points 😉

  • sirtoongospel

    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #22

    I would guarantee that there are a few gay players in every Premiership club/team. They would never “come out” though because the abuse from the terraces would be sickening.

    With regards to Ranger, as big a tool as he has been, I don’t see why he should get paid for nothing for 5 years. He has serious ability and can have a positive effect on our season. He won’t get a better chance to have a career here. If it was any of us we would be sacked from our job, if we had his attitude. However, everyone deserves a second chance and he might just be a bit more mature now. I hope so as he has the tools to be a good player.

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #23


    yeah, to us, but in complete frankness, the average footballer has about the same education as a 14 year old, if they’re lucky

    that’s why i’ve always found it ironic with folks like Barton quoting Nietzsche. No one in their right mind can honestly believe a one Joey Barton has gone through the rigors of challenged discourse on these views he’s so militant about.

    and likewise, in the instance again of an uneducated, self-absorbed footballer i see no reason to assume they’ve gone against the grain of stereotypical ‘manliness’ and didn’t have a jab or two if not more at someone for being gay. does this not make sense?

  • Marty-Toon

    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #24

    That lad will not wanna show his face for a long time

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #25


    hear hear. never. whether it’s the players or the fans, not a chance

  • Dannyo

    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Sorta how it feels to be an NUFC supporter atm.
    Not only do you get no luck tho, one kinda doesn’t deserve it either atm.


    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #27

    I for one am really happy he’s around the first team squad. Hopefully he thinks again about this chance, comon Nile!

  • jimiley

    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Why is it good news that Nile Ranger is available for selection? He has always been available.

  • jimiley

    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Nile Ranger a”star?” Who is writing this guff?

  • sirtoongospel

    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Being honest the team looks like it needs freshening up. Maybe Nile can put in a big 20 minutes on Sunday. If he did, then it might lift everyone and also give the forwards a reminder that someone is there to step in if they take their foot off the gas.

    A fit and determined Nile Ranger is a massive asset on the football pitch, it’s just a pity he has been a liability off it!!!

  • sirtoongospel

    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #31

    jimiley……..he has been injured since the start of the season hasn’t he?

  • jimiley

    Nov 23, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #32

    You may be right or was he on loan? Nobody knows or cares anymore. To call him a star and welcome him back smacks of desperation to me.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #33

    We could do with someone that can unsettle defenders or with fire in their belly, hes a complete waste of space off the pitch but on it he can change the way we play.

  • headtheball

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #34

    I know why we are playing poorly.
    Pardew is colour blind.
    We are playing BROWN instead of purple.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Lets give Nile a chance how brilliant would it be if the boy seen the error of his ways and turned it around??

    The boy has all the tools to be a great forward i actually thought when he was coming through at first he would eclipse Carroll but then he got into trouble….

    He can run the channels and at the moment would probably provide a bit more threat than Cisse and Shola combined as lets be honest they have been shite this season

    Toon win Ba and Ranger to score 2 – 1

    Wonder what the odds for that are?

  • Graeme

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #36

    Matty – 14!! As high as that eh?? Its amazing what the ability to kick a ball can excuse you from – starting with reality!!

    Barton is a genuine enigma. He isnt in the same league, as say, Shit, cant remember his name – Man U striker, went on until his late 30’s superb footballer and human being!! Very well educated, Degree I think

  • josh

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #37

    The way things are going at the moment I’m 100% behind the lad. Step up Nile!

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #38

    We have to get behind the lads no matter what and if it means ranger gets a chance then so be it stop fcking moaning and get behind the team they need us now more than ever if we dont support them then we might aswell give up.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Obviously you want to see anyone turn their lives around, especially a talented young Newcastle striker, who once gave Liverpools defence, no less, the run around, but it should be noted just how poor Nile’s goal per game time ratio is. So even if he puts his head down, he still has long way to go to become a real asset for us.

    Holding out any real hope there, seems clutching more than a little at straws.

  • Graeme

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #40

    Jimmy, so true mate – but if he comes good at weekend, sets up 2, scores 2, it would be a hell of a step in right direction!!


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