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.