"Why not give him a chance in the first team", were the reports in the local newspapers, but Alan Pardew refused to take the bait.
It takes a lot more than that to force your way into Pardew's thinking, especially for a player who has been nothing but trouble since he signed for the club.
Talking of which . the kid with 666 tattooed on his head . Nile Ranger, is back up and running at Newcastle United – but the striker won’t be involved against Maritimo tonight.
The 21-year-old netted a goal in Monday night’s reserve derby against Sunderland. Not a bad thing, may I add, but not enough to patch up his differences with the Toon boss.
It was Ranger’s first appearance for the club, at any level, since March.
Alan Pardew: “He’s fit for the first time.
"He’s been on time, and he’s beginning to hopefully put himself in order and be a professional footballer.
“At the moment, it’s good news on Nile, and let’s hope he stays like that.
“He’s got a lot of making up to do with me and the group."
Ranger hasn’t made a Premier League appearance for the club since May last year.
Source: Newcastle United Mad