Newcastle are currently in the process of revamping a somewhat underwhelming strike-force, and although the signing of Demba Ba from West Ham is a step in the right direction, there is still some work to be done. With this in mind, the futures of Shola Ameobi, Nile Ranger and Peter Lovenkrands remain very much up in the air, given that each has been something of a disappointment throughout their time at Newcastle. So who should be kept, who should be loaned and who should be sold?
I get the feeling that at this stage in his career, Shola just won’t leave Newcastle. Newcastle are stuck with him – after all, with his track record he’s not exactly an attractive prospect. Besides, I’d argue that he’s worth keeping around for sentimental value any way. Shola has been with the club for over a decade and has chalked up 236 appearances. He’s something of a Newcastle mainstay and I just can’t see him moving on this summer.
Nile Ranger is a difficult one. He’s shown talent in glimpses, but he’s still prone to having the occasional bad game and needs to learn to stay on his feet. There have also been questions concerning the youngster’s attitude, with his team-mates complaining that he doesn’t put the right effort in on the training pitch. Despite this, Newcastle fans would be gutted if they were to let him move onto another club only to have him suddenly spring into life and start acting on his potential. As such, it’s worth sending him out on loan for a season to a Premier League club or Championship side who will offer him decent game time and then evaluate whether he’s worthy of Newcastle United at the year’s close.
Which brings us to Lovenkrands; a man who doesn’t lack for effort, but who also doesn’t provide the club with enough goals. During his second stint at the club he has scored only 19 goals in 53 appearances and will be looking to improve on that tally if the club decide to keep him on. Out of these three players, however, I would suggest that he is the most expendable. If he can be sold, so be it, but if not I’d let him run down the rest of his deal, thank him for his service and allow him to seek a new club.
Written by Harry Cloke
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