If there’s one thing that seems to be the done thing at Newcastle this summer, it’s criticising the club on Twitter. Jose Enrique did it and then deleted his account, Joey Barton has done it and has since been put up for a free transfer and it seems that their Newcastle teammates haven’t learned their lessons. Nile Ranger has joined the pair in letting his emotions get the better of him and has aired his disappointment at how pre-season is going on the social networking site.
Nile Ranger was the most used substitute in the Premier League last season, which shows a couple of things. He may not have got a lot of starts, but he did get a decent amount of game time, during which time he failed to illustrate any sort of goal scoring instincts. Thus in turn he was not going to be selected in the starting eleven, having failed to perform any striker’s most pressing job.
Alongside a lack of starts, Ranger was widely criticised by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew for his less than professional attitude away from the pitch, something he’s demonstrated again before this season has even begun. Last season he reportedly turned up late for training on a number of occasions, and now in the summer he’s been showing his naivety by venting his frustrations on Twitter.
The Newcastle striker posted on Twitter: “Most used sub in the prem last season. Now I’m struggling to even get a pre-season game. haha. #laughORcry what a joke.” However, I’m afraid the only joke is him. You have to earn your place in the team and squad, whether that’s for a competitive or friendly match. That’s something Sammy Ameobi has done with his pre-season performances, and something Ranger could do if he puts his head down, and continues to bang in the goals for the reserves.
Ranger further stated: “Gateshead 2moro it is… Couple more goals can’t do me no harm!!” That’s absolutely correct, but something he said with a hint of sarcasm about it. If the events of recent weeks have taught him anything, it’s that as a footballer you should let your performances on the pitch do the talking, not your ramblings off it. But that might be a lesson that’s come too late for Nile Ranger, as the striker looks set to be next on the conveyor belt of exits from St James’ Park.
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