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.
â€œThere 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.”
â€œWe 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.”
â€œHe has a tremendous desire to improve and get better and a great desire to learn all he can about the game.â€
Newcastle got Tozer for a decent decent Â£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 wasÂ also complimentary of St. James’ Park, and said he was honored to play there.
This boy sounds like a good lad! 😀
â€œAs 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.”
â€œHe 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.”
â€œHe 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 duckâ€™s back to him.”
â€œNewcastle 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.â€
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.