In what was a little bit of a surprise, Newcastle have included former Southampton youngster Nile Ranger in their squad for the trip to the Saints tomorrow, only a week or so after Nile rejoined the first team squad. 21 year-old Ranger has inadvertently put his football career on the back burner, after he has been involved far too many times with the police since the summer of last year.
Nile Ranger in action against Sunderland U21 earlier this week
But because of all the injuries Newcastle have at the moment – to Shola Ameobi and 17 year-old Adam Campbell – he is still next in line and makes the squad to visit the club Newcastle signed him from back in 2008, when Kevin Keegan was still the manager.
Nile has played over 50 times for Newcastle and looked like a future star when Chris Hughton was at the club, but his sloppy time keeping, and questionable exploits off the pitch over the last 18 months have put a huge question mark against him ever becoming a successful footballer.
Alan Pardew has tried his best to coax the London lad to give 100% in training and to arrive on time, but with only limited success.
The Newcastle manager talked about the 21 year-old today:
“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, to come in and play football and concentrate on football.”
This is an opportunity we never thought Nile would get again at Newcastle, and we all have to hope he sees the huge opportunity events have given him, and that he buckles down, and Nile Ranger could still have a successful career at Newcastle, although the chances of that happening remain small.
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