Birmingham City’s six-month loan offer for Nile Ranger has been rejected with Newcastle determined to receive a fee for the player. Whilst Newcastle would be open to a loan with an option to buy clause, the board seem unconvinced of Birmingham’s ability to pay.
Nile Ranger has shown glimpses of great promise in his time on Tyneside but it seems his general bad attitude and lack of dedication to fulfilling his potential has forced Newcastle’s hand.
Former boss Chris Hughton had to repeatedly warn Ranger about his time keeping and as soon as Pardew took over he continued the theme. It looked as if Ranger had finally headed the warnings as he signed a new five year deal in December this year. It would seem, though, that further misdemeanours have been committed by the player for Newcastle to perform such a u-turn, including featuring on Twitter holding a gun.
Ranger will never fulfil his potential whilst he lacks the desire and dedication to become a top-level footballer and Pardew has obviously decided this to be the case. Nile lacks natural technical ability and with this in mind it takes great dedication to improve this side of anybody’s game. It is something that Andy Carroll improved on greatly in his time at Newcastle but he had the desire and dedication to do so.
Newcastle’s openness to selling the player hopefully indicates that they are more than hopeful of securing a new striker before the season starts. If Ranger is to leave Newcastle we certainly won’t miss his goals but let’s hope the management are correct in believing that he won’t fulfil his potential because he could turn out to be a very good player.
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