Monday, June 06, 2011

High-Ho, Silver! Away!

According to the Sunday Sun, the Lone Ranger has been told to start looking for pastures new with the club seeing the player's future as lying away from St James' Park. Presumably the reported disciplinary problems, not to mention the odd indiscretion with a replica firearm, have finally seen patience exhausted.

For what it's worth, while Ranger remains a player of undoubted talent, it looks to me that he's unlikely to get the pitch time he needs to develop his game if he remains a peripheral figure at the club. Whether he gets that time on loan or employed elsewhere is a decision for Pardew and co, but presumably Ranger hasn't demonstrated sufficient determination to see them wish to keep him.

Arriving after he was released by Southampton (and Her Majesty), if we can get the reported £1m we're looking for from the player then that would represent a reasonable return on a player who may yet prove to be a star of the future, but for now looks to be another youngster wasting their huge potential.




Blogger Ben said...

That five-year deal looks a bit ridiculous if they are going to ship him out - takers are likely to be fewer and further between. I suspect a loan spell in the Championship or League One will probably come first - but on the understanding that he'll need to show willing and make an immediate impression.

1:10 p.m.  

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