Ben Tozer Doing So Well At Newcastle

One of the really good things about changes in the club, over the last 12 months, is the renewed interest and serious concentration on youth at Newcastle United.


Ben Tozer – one of our best youngsters – while at Swindon

Ben was signed in January from Swindon Town and came with a great pedigree, and the youngster has already impressed many at Newcastle with his strong full-back play in the Newcastle Reserves.

Indeed Adam Sadler, the Newcastle Reserve team coach has every confidence that Ben will be a future star at the club, once he develops over the next year or so.

The Newcastle Evening Chronicle conducted a good interview with Adam yesterday, in which he talked at length about young Ben, who is just 18 years old, and already stands 6’1″ tall and could be still growing.

Adam said:

“There was a distinct improvement in our back four in the reserves at the end of the season, and Ben Tozer was one of the reasons for this.”

“We were much more solid than we had been before Ben came into the team because he is a big, strong player, and all credit to him.”

“He has a tremendous desire to improve and get better and a great desire to learn all he can about the game.”

Newcastle got Tozer for a decent decent £250K from Swindon Town in January, mainly because Newcastle made their move early in the December time- frame, and we beat many other clubs to his signing.

Things are a lot different at Newcastle than Swindon, and when Ben first joined he had a number of interviews with the local Swindon newspapers, in which he said he was overwhelmed by the things at Newcastle, and he just couldn’t believe he was training every day with the likes of Michael Owen, Shay Given and Damien Duff.

He was full of praise for the club at that time, and he was  also complimentary of St. James’ Park, and said he was honored to play there.

This boy sounds like a good lad! 😀

Sadler continued:

“As far as this country is concerned, Ben was born and bred at the opposite end, but he has what I like to call the Geordie mentality.”

“He has that passion to win and he is the sort of player who is not afraid to put his body on the line for his team and colleagues with the way he defends.”

“He has stepped into a bigger arena at Newcastle than he was used to at Swindon but he has fitted in very well. In fact, it has all been like water off a duck’s back to him.”

“Newcastle United is a big, big stage, but Tozer has the right attitude and temperament to cope with it all, and while he is on a steep learning curve he will be OK.”

Kevin Keegan currently has one recognized senior left-back in his first team squad in Jose Enrique, the Spanish Under-21 player, but he will be bringing in another left back during the summer.

But we wouldn’t be surprised if Ben Tozer is pushing for a place in the first team, sooner rather than later.

We like this lad a lot.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Leo

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #1

    im happy for him to see himself as a geordie, i have a good feeling about him and kadar they seem like future first teamers… alsogood ones

  • 51times

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    I go to watch the reserves and he’s always been solid, same as Kadar. I’m really hopeful for those two.

  • Dave

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Went to see Newcastle reserves play at SJP when we beat Blyth in the final of the Northumberland Cup, and he seemed to have bag fulls of potential. A leader and a brute. But he wasn’t the one I was most impressed with, for me Kadar looks like he’s gonna be a class act. I feel our youth set up is one of the best in the country at the moment, with talent of Kadar, Tozer, Lua Lua, Baheng, Zamblera etc. All of whom have the potential to become quality players.

  • brownrob

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #4


    Also, its Swindon Ed not Swindin! 😀

  • Terry

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Swindon, Ed, say it with me now, Swindon. Please re-read your articles before you post them, we have discussed this many times before.

  • tommyy

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Terry – No need to be so patronising. It’s just a mistake – he’s not a three year old so no need to say it like that.

  • Seymour Butts

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    oh terry calm down! anyroad, has anyone seen the young lad zamblera play? heard he’s one for the future what does everyone think?

  • chrisg

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #8

    does it f’in matter how its spelt you knob

  • natedawg

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    terry dont be such a dick advocatt

  • Seymour Butts

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10

    what the hecks the chocolate review? (link on terry’s name)

  • tommyy

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Does everyone think Zamblera is going to be great because he is Italian or something? From what i have heard he hasn’t been anything special at all.

  • Dave

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Seymour, its a review of chocolate. Crikey.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #13

    I would like to see the likes of Tozer go out on loan. I think possibley Tozer , Kadar could benefit from a January loan and Carroll going out from the start.

    I dont know why Newcastle dont do this more.

    However i would love to see Lua Lua be rewarded with a first the squad place, i think he has the potential to be thrown in and make a real impact from the bench

  • Dave

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #14

    Aye tommyy, that’s exactly why I rate Zamblera, because he’s Italian. Jeeeeeeeeeeeeez.

    I’ve seen a few reserve games in which he plays in and he looks like someone who has potential and has a keen eye for goal aswell.

  • Seymour Butts

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #15

    oh cool. thanks dave

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Whoops – sorry to Swindon supporters – I’ve now spelled it correctly.

  • tommyy

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #17

    Dave – I was clearly joking.

    From comments on here he hasn’t been as good as people think he possibly might be. Although i hope he turns out a good player, would like to see one of the younger players really get a chance and become a star player. There’s no point holding them back if they have the ability, as they need the experience.

  • Neil

    Jun 21, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Dear Ed,

    Do you ever sleep? What with the time difference and all! I did think that discovering ‘news now newcastle’ was wonderful, but the last month has been slow torture. However, it allowed me to tune into your great blog and articles like the Ben Tozer story are heartwarming! I don’t live in the North-East, so am grateful to the lads and lasses who have actually seen some of our starlets play.

    The other night I saw the light! We can dream of AA, but in reality it’s a season too early for us to be in there competing. As for not signing him up in January, this was a side effect of sacking Sam. Modric was an exception to the summer sales timescale. Players go on holiday, their contracts are up at the end of June and managers are waiting this year for the Euros to finish.

    We’ll see some action shortly, I hope.



  • top man

    Jun 21, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #19

    terry calm down u dick its a free service go home to your mummy

  • Danny

    Jun 21, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Off topic…

    My sisters mate is going out with Kazenga Lua Lua and she said that when she was at a party at Ben Tozer’s house that all he talked about was Ginsters Pasties because he’s from Plymouth! hahaha

    Oh how I laughed….Just thought I would share that with yous!

  • robertsa

    Jun 21, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #21

    big sam critiscesd our young talent not too long ago on sky sports news. how when we have got kadar, zamblera, lua lua his own signing tozer, and we have been linked with hobbs from liverpool. Id say our scouts are doing fine.

  • robertsa

    Jun 21, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #22

    i reckon as a cheap replacement for barton we should get gianakopoulos. great reputation for giving his all. expierience. free agent. ok yep he isnt as good as he was 2-3 years ago but neither was nicky butt and he played brilliant last season. if not gianakopoulos then davids would be my choice

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 21, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #23

    off topic skysports confirm we r after engelaar but face competition from everton

  • GSfan

    Jun 21, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Off topic here –

    There’s news saying Juventus made an official bid for Arda according to today’s Corriere dello Sport. But the tournament still ain’t over so I dunno how valid this piece of news would be…

  • Martins

    Jun 21, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #25

    What fee GS?

  • Marc Hottiger

    Jun 21, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #26

    We have a good set of young players – Forster, Krul, Soderberg, Kadar, Tozer, Taylor, Edgar, Enrique, Godsmark, Milner, N’Zogbia, Lua Lua, Carroll, Zamblera and Baheng when he recovers from injury.

    I am still keeping my fingers crossed we will see four or five more arrive this summer. In particular we are lacking young central midfielders. Most of the up and coming midfielders are wide men.

    Thats along with the three first teamers we are still waiting for 🙂

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 21, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Neil, I’m retired now so this is my hobby. 😀
    I get up at 4:00 eastern time in US and write a few stories then periodically throughout the day as stories come through.
    But it’s hardly work to me, since I love the club, but my wife Madeline still thinks I’m daft, but she did when we married 36 years ago – so no change there. 😀
    She’s a Newcastle girl – so very good looking.

  • Dan

    Jun 21, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #28



    Jun 21, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Wouldn’t it be great if they developed in the same way that the ManU team did when Beckham, Butt, Scholes etc. came through. No matter how you feel about them you had to admit they had a great team.

  • Luke

    Jun 21, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Tosser, Terry, say it with me now, Tosser.

  • Dan

    Jun 21, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Terry is a twat
    Ed works hard to put on this blog for all of us, So what if he makes a little error

  • Daniel

    Jun 22, 2008 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #32

    Off topic (again)

    Cheers ed for the site – the only thing most of us agree on is this place is that your a legend for running this place, so well done on that! Its rare something unites this place!


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