Tozer Living The Dream at Newcastle United

Ben Tozer, our 17 year-old new signing from Swindon Town, has admitted he is still living a dream after the Plymouth-born youngster signed for Newcastle United last week.


Ben Tozer – in training at Newcastle last week with the first team

Ben signed a 4.5 year deal at the club and was the first in of many youngsters we expect to be arriving at the club under Chairman Chris Mort. Newcastle also signed 18 year-old French youngster Wesley Baheng, and 17 year-old Hungarian Tamas Kadar last week.

Tozer can be forgiven for pinching himself as he trains with a Newcastle first team that includes Michael Owen, Nicky Butt, Alan Smith, Shay Given, Mark Viduka and Damien Duff. The 17-year-old has told the local newspaper at Swindon that the size of the squad, the scale of the set-up at St James’ Park and the passion of the Newcastle supporters has taken him aback.

And, although it is early in 2008, describing Tozer’s first week as memorable, probably ranks as the understatement of the year so far. Ben’s move to Newcastle could end up netting Swindon £1.1M, but Tozer’s excitement was dramatically dampened by the departure of Sam Allardyce last Wednesday.

Ben has admitted to being shocked and saddened by Sam Allardyce’s sacking at the club. He has already had encouraging advice from both Big Sam and Sir Bobby Robson on his induction day at St James’ Park, and has been told to “work hard and you’ll be alright.”

Tozer told the Wiltshire Herald Sport today:

“My head has been in the clouds since I came to Newcastle – it’s a dream move for me, no question.” “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me and an absolutely brilliant club to join.”

“It’s awesome, really, nothing prepares you for the difference, with all due respect, to Swindon and Plymouth.” “I was pretty shocked and saddened at Mr. Allardyce leaving – he seems a really nice man and had been very supportive of me.”

“He (Allardyce) put me at my ease and joked that I’d need to beef up as I’m still growing so weight-wise I’m not as big as I need to be.” “So, I spent my first day proper training with the club, mostly in the weights room.”

“But I’ve also trained with some of the first-team players which was incredible – they are fantastic players.” “However, I’m not going to show them too much respect in practice matches – I’ll be looking to make sure I’m the one who wins the ball.”

“But, to be honest, when you see the quality of the reserves side, it just shows how far I’ve got to go.” “I watched us play Sunderland reserves and there was about 1,000 fans at the stadium – the atmosphere was unbelievable.”

“I feel really privileged to be given this chance.” “But I owe so much to Paul Sturrock, John Blackley and Dave Byrne for their help and support at Swindon and for believing in me.” “I’d like to give them a big thank you from me and my family.”

New Swindon assistant-boss Byrne, who worked with the defender last year at Home Park, predicted a tremendous future for Tozer.

“I told his mum and dad when I signed him that he’d go a long way – and he’s already started out on that journey now.”

“I think he’ll be playing for Newcastle sooner than they (his parents) think and if he keeps progressing, he’ll play for England.”

Swindon may be proud of their youngster but Newcastle United are also very pleased to have the teenager on board, and there’s no limit to what Ben can achieve at Newcastle. But he should take note of what Bobby Robson has told him – “work hard and you’ll be alright”.Bobby knows what he’s talking about in football – that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • David Rayner

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #1

    I thought the Kadar deal had fell through when Big Sam left?

  • James

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #2

    No, I heard the Kadar deal went through the day Sam was sacked.

  • Stami

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Sounds promising. with what we have seen at the back in recent years, we could use a few more youngsters kicking the 1st teamers into gear and making them fight for their place in the starting line up!

    anyone actually seen this kid play?

  • Nev

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #4

    i herd that the kadar deal has been postponed until the new man comes in see if he likes him

  • Stami

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #5

    off this current topic…

    interesting article on Skysports i just read…,19528,11678_3048846,00.html

    could be exactly what we need, and the experience our top man Shearer needs…

    im all for it!

  • Kash2

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Does anyone have any sort of info on Kadar or any video links.

    Anything in the archives ED?

    Has there been any news on Altidore, the American youngster?

  • Stami

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #7

    there have not been any reports of any of the NUFC players linked with moves away from the club! excuse my ignorance, but is this due to the fact that we dont have a manager, or are players and agents free to speak to whoever they please without the conscent of managment?

    im a bit worried bout a few of our top players moving away! Milner, Zoggy and Emre to name a few!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Altidore will probs be going to Real Madrid. Get Chermiti for a young striker, looking class at them moment.

    I dont think Chikhaoui would come and its unlikely we’ve looked a him, all the top clubs are after him.

  • ToonKing

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #9

    The Kadar thing is a little blurry, the English press understands and reports that we have signed him, but the official site made no announcement but more importantly Kadar’s current club ZTE did, and they say that the player is back in Hungary training with them.

    I think the deal will eventually go trough, and it better do cause he is a great young prospect, the best of the 3 youngsters by far.

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    i read a bit on kadar and he sounds like the next big thing in hungary.I think we are waiting for work permit at the moment,i really hope we get him and more to come.That tunisian Chikhaoui looks amazing.

  • Leo*

    Jan 15, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #11

    tozer sounds like a good young lad, head screwed on right, not big headed like various young talent…

    did anyone know that kalzenga lua lua is earning 5grand a week thats more than some premiership first teamers…


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