Ben Tozer Will Make It At Newcastle

Swindon Town caretaker manager David Byrne has offered his views to the official Swindon Town web-site today, ahead of Ben Tozer’s pending move to Tyneside.


Ben Tozer – hopefully the first of many top class youngsters coming to Newcastle

The 17-year old defender, who followed Byrne to Swindon from his home town club Plymouth Argyle, is at St. James’ Park right now for talks, and a move should be completed shortly, following a medical.

Byrne said today:

Ben phoned me last night and said he was in a great hotel and wanted to stay there for the rest of his life! Seriously though, he was due to meet Sam Allardyce at 10am this morning before having his medical.”

“Ben is a laid back character and sometimes that doesn’t help him when he plays, but I knew I had a gem all along.”

“There is no doubt in my mind that Tozer will make it in the Premiership. He is one of the best youngsters I have ever worked with because he listens and does exactly what you want him to do on the pitch.”

It also seems that Swindon Town have other youngsters who are interesting premier League sides as Byrne continued:

“I want these players to be playing in the first team and that’s our aim now. The Tozer deal was one the club just couldn’t turn down.”

“I have had calls for others of our youth team, but I have told people the not for sale sign is now firmly up.”

We think Tozer will turn out to be a great signing for the club, and it does look like Ben will be loaned out for the rest of this season to get some experience in the Championship. The strategy we are using copies that of Arsenal, who have been enormously successful over the last decade under Arsene Wenger.

But Sam Allardyce needs to keep building his scouting network and very good scouts are needed to spot these top youngsters. It’s not easy to be successful using this strategy because Sir Bobby Robson tried it, and didn’t have much success in identifying top class youngsters. We hope second time around we’ll be a lot more successful.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Penalty-Spot

    Dec 18, 2007 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #1

    The lad sounds well excited, as does his old manager. Fantastic, I wish him all the best.

    Bobby did sign a few odd ones, Vianna and who was the other?

    Does anyone know how Sam did at Bolton as regards bringing in youngsters?

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 18, 2007 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #2


  • Penalty-Spot

    Dec 18, 2007 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #3

    That’s the fella! Ahh Gavilan, sounds like a fantasy b movie star, wonder where he is now?

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 18, 2007 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #4


  • ToonKing

    Dec 18, 2007 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #5

    he’s somewhere in Brazil, at Gremio i think, as far as i know he never played in Europe after he left us lol 🙂

  • Penalty-Spot

    Dec 18, 2007 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #6

    It must be quite difficult to spot youngsters, especially foreign ones (no offence international bloggers). A lad growing and learning the trade in say, Swindon, ie Tozer is a lot more likely to come good than the likes of Gavilan.

    I’m sure making it in football is hard wherever you’re from, just a different style learnt wherever you happen to be.

    I think young english talent is the best investment?

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 18, 2007 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Maybe but they are overpriced. you want to get your hands on the new wave of easern european talent like sam is doing, cheap and alot of talented players coming through.

  • Leo

    Dec 18, 2007 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #8

    i agree with both ideas, get both lads from england and the rest of the world in, the more the better.

  • Penalty-Spot

    Dec 18, 2007 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #9

    I like the idea, just know very little about the players over there. If Sam’s scouts are as good as Wenger’s then all will be well. Like I said, what did he do at Bolton??

  • ziad

    Dec 18, 2007 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #10

    let’s not forget that it was Sir Bobby who signed N’zogbia (one of our best players now) before being sacked for practically nothing . so i think the strategy is a good one.

  • Ross

    Dec 18, 2007 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #11

    this lad sounds like he’s excited at the prospect.
    sending him to the championship for some first team football would be the best idea.
    a league below us he’ll still be playing against some very good players and it’ll work wonders for him.
    i hope sam’s scouts are hard at work internationally aswell, bringing in promising youngsters is the way to do it!
    as arsenals “youth team” showed us in the carling cup tonight.
    the average age of their squad was 19, and for the first 40 minutes they made blackburn look like a pub team. did anyone else see it?

  • Penalty-Spot

    Dec 18, 2007 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Good point Ziad. Would you take 1:3 as a success ratio? I might, depending on how much they cost.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 18, 2007 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #13

    yeah ross i did, Really and truthfully it was the first 45 minutes because blackburns goals should have NEVER been allowed. Anyway im glad it did, just so i could see mark hughes get his hopes up and then end up losing to a TEN MAN kid squad LOLOLOL

    god i hate mark hughes and his big dirty dan jaw

  • Penalty-Spot

    Dec 19, 2007 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #14

    It could be worse Dragoner…he could be managing us.

    For that reason alone you have to love Sam 🙂

  • Dragoner

    Dec 19, 2007 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #15


  • Ross

    Dec 19, 2007 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #16

    haha too true.
    they’re excellent like. they’ve always been good with their youngsters, and blackburn hardly got near the ball first 45. the goal was offside aswell you’re right Dragoner.
    That santa cruz boy certainly has an eye for goal though. he steps up when they need him, and he’s looking to get on the end of every single ball put anywhere near him. hard worker and knows where the net is.

  • Adam B

    Dec 19, 2007 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #17

    this is a great landmark move for the toon. They have always brought in foreign youngsters like n’Zogbia but never succedeed at bringing in young english kids! Glad that he is on board and hope that he gains some solid experience this year in the championship.

  • shearyadi

    Dec 19, 2007 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #18

    I do hope he’s as good as the press told about him although the chance to it is 50:50. I’m still thinking that the most talented one are all being captured by the likes of ManU, Arsenal, Liverpool or Chelsea, and they are also will be more prefer to choose them rather than playing with our youth team.

    I hate that, but this is the current condition we have to deal with, and before BSA can change things around and take us back up where we belongs, we will never get any opportunity to have “talented” player.

    God, I Hope I’m wrong about Tozer!

  • Len

    Dec 19, 2007 at 3:23 AM

    Comment #19

    Welcome and good luck to him. Interesting that reserve team used to be the place to prove yourself. I remember Shanklys quote of two best teams Liverpool and Liverpool reserves. Now it seems you go from reserves to loan to first team. With big squads you would think reserves would be better than championship, Arsenal reserves beating most first teams, Chelsea reserves all internationals. Maybe we need a feeder club or two.

  • Dan

    Dec 19, 2007 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #20

    Bobby signed Milner yeah? he was only 18 at the time.. I think his a gem that needs to be mentioned.

  • Sparkey

    Dec 19, 2007 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #21

    Not just Gavillan remember Danial Cordone and Bessedas ?

  • Nobby's dad

    Dec 19, 2007 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Regarding SBR’s young signings :- He signed Jenas at 18 and Lua Lua was only young when we got him from Colchester. He also wanted Bellemy from Norwich before he went to Coventry (missed out on him because we couldn’t sell Duncan Ferguson at the time) then the Toon. Bellers was only 18 /19 when he left Norwich – so the policy of spotting English league youngsters appears fine.

  • Liam

    Jan 7, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #23

    shearaydi…dan gosling moved to everton there not a top 4 club.. he is awesome… good luck ben.


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