Former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger is hoping to secure a deal with League One strugglers Oxford United, where he is currently on trial.
The 27-year old was last seen at Southend United, but has a string of legal issue behind him and was only released from prison in August 2017.
Karl Robinson’s team are currently 21st in League One and battling against the drop, which has led Ranger to their door. they need goals but as yet, the former MK Dons manager is still to be impressed.
“He still has a lot to prove to me,” said Robinson, speaking to BBC Radio Oxford. “It’s a decision I have to make with the club in mind. He’s certainly performed well in training and in games whilst we’ve had him here but, hopefully fans will appreciate it’s a decision that’s not just going to be a whim because it’s desperate.”
Robinson has claimed that the striker’s behaviour has been impeccable, but clearly won’t be making a hurried decision.
Ranger broke through at Newcastle in 2009/10 and looked set for a big career in the game, with 49 senior appearances under his belt in his first two years. since then, the problems that have dogged his career have severely restricted him and to date he has 160 appearances for a total of five clubs and just 26 goals.
Simple. he’s never been prolific and the danger is disruption. Once Phil Brown was dismissed at Southend, many speculated Ranger’s presence in the team was a contributing factor.
We thought Robinson was smarter than this.