Newcastle Sign Tozer – Hopefully First Of Many

Newcastle United have today completed the signing of Ben Tozer, the Swindon Town 17 year-old left back.


Ben Tozer – turns 18 years old in March – the first of many new youngsters?

Ben and Swindon Town have been in negotiations with Newcastle United since the end of December, but both parties have now agreed an undisclosed fee and a four-and-a-half-year deal for the youngster. The deal will take Ben through to June 2012, when he will be just 22 years old.

Tozer joined Swindon from Plymouth Argyle just last summer and the defender was handed his senior debut in the club’s Carling Cup tie against Charlton Athletic in August.

He made seven first-team appearances for Swindon Town, but will move to St James’ Park with immediate effect today. Sam Allardyce, the Newcastle manager, is now expected to loan Tozer out to a Championship side to gain more first-team experience.

Ben Tozer said today:

“I was called into the manager’s office (at Swindon) three or four weeks ago and he said that the club had accepted an offer from Newcastle,” “I could not believe it and straight away I said that I could not turn the offer down.”

“It’s a brilliant feeling, it really is a dream come true and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. Newcastle is a massive club with great fans, it’s a lovely place with nice people and I can’t wait to get started.”

“I have spoken with Sam Allardyce – he’s great manager and I’m looking forward to working with him. It’s been a brilliant experience at Swindon and I thank them for what they have done for me, but I’m looking forward to the future.”

It’s great to have young Ben Tozer at the club, and we hope he’s the first of many new youngsters joining us in January. It’s great to work with young people since there’s just no limit to what they can finally accomplish int their careers and in life.

We think this is an exciting strategy for the club to embark on, and hopefully will also be a really successful one.  If only the first team could start to win some games.  😀

Comments always welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Leo

    Jan 7, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #1

    any news on the baheng deal…? because newcastlehave been reportedly looking at a young ipswich striker…

  • Southside Jordy

    Jan 7, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Good luck to the new boy he looks very promising for the future!!

  • Pete

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #3

    So the team i 5 years:

    GK: Krul/ ?

    LB: Enrique/Tozer
    RB: ?/?
    CB: Taylor / ?
    CB: Edgar(?) / ?

    MR: Milner / Troisi
    ML: Zogs / ?
    DMC: ? / ?
    AMC: LuaLua / ?

    ST: Martins / ?
    ST: Carroll / ?

  • lee

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #4

    the best way to go and proven(if the youngstars are good enough hopefully they will be ) arsene wenger tried it at arsenal look how its worked for him bestc way get them whilst thier yong and cheap cos when theyre older theyll have a brilliant team chemistry

  • john

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #5

    hopefully martins leaves in the next 3 weeks never mind 5 year

  • craig chisholm

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #6

    tozer is LB or RB? i dont know much about him. Anyway, he is one for the future but in the very near future I am hoping that we wrap up the wes brown deal in this next week as he would represent the best rb we have hand for bloody donkeys. i think we have gone back in again after the first knock back and i see that sam says he is hopeful of getting him in this window. now that would be good news as we are weak in that area. there really is not much point in going too mental though in the jan window is there. i think that we get brown in and see if we can ship out carr and then it would be great to get some type of proven right winger too as i think that we are light in that area. we only have milner who likes the right and duff who can cover if needs be but as duff is a bit like owen and never around very long before he is on the sidelines again it would be good to get another in. someone like wright philips or someone of his mould. other than that i think we should continue to work with what we have for the remainder of the season.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #7

    craig – you obviously havent heard of habib beye.

  • john

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #8

    definately think one of the best transfers would be steven carr out

  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 7, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Here is what youth can do. Young Kazenga Lualua, can’t wait till he is a first team regular.
    The thing is though you have to bring in young players into a winning team, with a system of play that they are used too in the youth team.

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #10

    John – completely agree with you. Sell Martins and get someone in who doesn’t run around with his head down. So sell Martins for £15 and buy Huntaleer for £20. Good business indeed.


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