Ben Tozer – Star in The Making


As we reported earlier today we have a number of good youngsters at the Newcastle club right now.

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Ben Tozer – future star ion the making

Ben was signed from Swindon Town in the January transfer window, and fast-tracked into the Newcastle Reserve team under Sadler. To keep his development going at a really fast pace we will probably need to send a few of the brighter stars out for 6 months at a Championship side, as we did with Andy Carroll and Tim Krul last August.

Ben captained the Reserves to victory on Wednesday night, since David Edgar is now in the first team squad of 16. While Ben finds it difficult right now to make it into the first team squad for games, he is nevertheless still excited about his future on Tyneside.

Ben talked today:

“It’s tough at the moment because the team are doing well and you never know what the manager is thinking. You want to impress so much and sometimes you try too hard and do something stupid,”

“But I knew it was going to be tough when I joined and I’m really enjoying the chance to learn and develop under this manager.”

“I don’t think anything is going to happen this season – maybe next year. I’ve got to go away and come back the way he wants me to really.”

Since Kevin has already said he needs an experienced left back to challenge Jose Enrique, we think Ben will go out on loan early next season to aid in his development.

That’s his next step to stardom at Newcastle United.



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8 comments so far

  • Eric

    Apr 25, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I think there are a number of youngsters, including Tozer, who could have a few run outs at home games next season – last 10 minutes or so if we are winning well. Would like to see Kazenga on the bench at West Ham, as well as Carroll and Edgar of course.

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  • Vitorbarbosa

    Apr 25, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    He did a mistake…. but everyone does.

    He must be “trying too hard”. Relax.. and learn.

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  • tdt

    Apr 25, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #3

    lualua has a cracking acsent, its kind of half gordie, love it!

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  • Christer

    Apr 25, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Its a great developement at Newcastle now. Last time KK was with us then he would go for gold for one season, by scrapping the reserve team forcing everybidy to go for just 16 places. Costing a lot of great players who then transferred to other teams. But now we are building for the future with all the new guys and have even more come in during the summer hopefully. It is a two way planning that is needed. Get the Stars for tomorrow but also the stars that are their heroes already today. This is a wonderful time to be a Magpie.. Gooo Lads

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  • Chris F

    Apr 25, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Christer, he didn’t scrap the reserve team to “go for gold” it was because they had nowhere to play, and the pitch at st james’s was suffering badly from having the extra games played on it, so keegan scrapped the reserves as the first team had to take priority in that situation.

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  • Kash2

    Apr 25, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Wasn’t that when Sir John Hall retired and FFS came into power?

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  • Chris F

    Apr 25, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    no, shepherd didn’t come into power until after keegan had left.

    the changes in the boardroom were pretty much the reason keegan didn’t want to stick around, he could see the way it was going.

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  • Leo

    Apr 25, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #8

    i thought sheppard was chairman and thats why keegan left originally?

    tozer is a top player in the making but from seeing the reserves live i would say im more excited by kadar lualua or edgar

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