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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