Newcastle After 17 Year-Old Left Back

Newcastle United are said to be challenging both Everton and Portsmouth for the signature of a teenager widely tipped to be an England star of the future.


Ben Tozer – Swindon’s 17 year-old left back, in great demand

Swindon left back Ben Tozer has played just one senior game for the League One club but is certainly attracting a host of Premiership scouts to the County Ground. The Sun reports today there is a three way battle building for the 17-year-old, valued at £1M.

Ben Tozer was born in March, 1990 in Plymouth and currently plays for Swindon Town. He began his career as a youth player at his local club Plymouth Argyle but former Argyle youth coach David Byrne, persuaded the Tozer family to allow Ben to join him at Swindon. The Devon born defender signed for Swindon just last summer, along with fellow Argyle youngster Ben Joyce.

David Byrne said yesterday:

“There have been enquiries on Ben Tozer from other Premiership clubs.” “I am not going to hide it but I won’t say who the club is or what offers are being banded around.”

“There have no official bids but there have been enquiries. Ben obviously knows about it.” “He has been reading about it in the press and has been up to Everton on trial.”

“You have seen the scouts at the games. They are not only watching Ben Tozer though but I won’t tell you who.” “That won’t affect him. The reason he has these clubs looking at him is because of what he does on the pitch.”

On August 14 Tozer made a surprise full debut for Swindon as a makeshift left-back in the Carling Cup match with Charlton on 14th August. Last month Tozer started a 4 day trial with Everton of the Premier League, returning in time for Swindon’s FA cup game with Forest Green.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Dec 13, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #1

    At the rate we are “signing” players we’ll need a Boeing 747 for match day travelling…..

    How many of these rumours have any truth to them Ed?

  • Callum

    Dec 13, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Boeing? I think Airbus A380 🙂

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 13, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Hammy – good point – but we will sign some of these in January and maybe some more in the the summer. Which ones exactly not too sure. But we wanted to cover them all – at least the youngsters – and the players we are after seem good.

  • Leo

    Dec 13, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4

    he played as a makeshift left back… so what position is he then? (last paragraph)

    nothing wrong with signing alot of young players, they are all not going to be in the first team, so a boeing it will be, no need for the airbus a380 yet. YET

  • Bill f

    Dec 13, 2007 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Perhaps we could have another team in the Scottish league to accomodate them all. Never know might even win something.

  • toonoholic

    Dec 13, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    and now it becomes even more sweeter


    The USS Enterprise anyone ?

  • Hammy

    Dec 13, 2007 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Affirmitive toonoholic….

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 13, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Cisse is a whinger. He reminds me of Bellamy

  • Kash2

    Dec 13, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #9


  • Kash2

    Dec 13, 2007 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Any other news on this kid? Is he a LB or a LM?

  • Kash2

    Dec 13, 2007 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Woohoo, can post comments and not get moderated. I’ll watch what I say Ed!

  • Srky

    Dec 13, 2007 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #12

    I don’t know, maybe Antonov 252 is good enough:)
    It’s good ig we sign him and if he’s really talented as they are saying. £1M is not too much for player which is a future for the club. And he plays at our paintful place – defence! We need good defenders at first. And if they supose to be young talents that better!!!!
    And Wes Brown would be food for us.

  • Bill f

    Dec 13, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Cisse can’t even get into the Marseille team as a first choice. imo would be a poor buy.

  • Nobby's dad

    Dec 13, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #14

    How can someone play one first team game for Swindon and be ‘widely’ tipped to be an England star of the future??

    Wish I had a quid for every England star of the future who has appeared in the 40 years I’ve been watching football!

  • Rich

    Dec 13, 2007 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #15

    its funny, Sky Sports still have the story up saying that we will sign no one in January.

    i hate journos with a passion.

  • nomis_jade

    Dec 13, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #16

    We are being linked with a ridiculus number of players but whats new eh? From what Mr Mort has been saying i dont reckon we will make any big money signings, and if we do they will be youngsters. So i cant see peole like cisse comin. Wes brown is one, older more expensive player who might come, which would be a good signing i reckon.

  • Srky

    Dec 13, 2007 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #17

    We will sign someone, 100%. We need to upstrenght the squad. There will bee new faces, I believe.

  • Kash2

    Dec 13, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #18

    I reckon the Mort comment is a smokescreen so that all clubs aren’t alerted to the fact we have cash to burn. Jan prices are inflated enough, and if clubs want to do business with a cash rich club, they try and extort them for as much as they can get.

  • Leo

    Dec 13, 2007 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #19

    yep. ur right kash2


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