Of the six teenagers who started last night’s game at Peterborough, the least known of all was right back James Tavernier.
James Tavernier – pick of outfield players?
James Tavernier was probably the pick of ther Magpies outfield players during his debut at Peterborough on Tuesday, and despite the defeat, the Bradford born youngster seemed to love the experience.
The 17-year-old (he turns 18 on October 31st) only heard he would be playing the day before the game, and admits there were a few nerves prior to kick-off.
He had a steady and very promising start to his professional career on Tyneside, and we’ll have to track the progress of this fine looking young player.
James talked to Newcastle United TV today, smiling all the way through the interview:
“There were a few nerves kicking in before the game,”
“But once I got into the game I was alright.” “I only found out I was playing on Monday and I was buzzing.”
“I loved every minute to be honest. The result wasn’t what we wanted and it was a bad start to lose two goals in half an hour.”
“But we tried to get back in to it in the second-half and we were a lot better.”
And the experience has left the youngster, who can play full-back or center-back, wanting more:
“I’ve just got to do my best in the Academy and Reserves now and hopefully catch the eye,”
“I was happy enough with how I did and thought I got stronger in the second-half.”
“The whole day was just a great experience and has left me wanting more.”
Well he did himself no harm at all last night, and Chris now knows he can use James on the subs bench and hopefully get some solid minutes out of him in the future, when needed.
James was just 9 years old when started playing his six full seasons with Leeds United before moving to Tyneside, a couple of years ago.
He was awarded a two-year scholarship with Newcastle, and he is a big fan of former Newcastle right back Habib Beye, who is now at Aston Villa, having had enough of the stupid antics of owner Mike Ashley over the summer.
James says he is completely indebted to his mother, whom James says ‘has sacrificed everything for my football career.’
That’s nice to hear.
James made his Reserve team debut in the Central League Cup tie against Sheffield United on 22 September 2008 and scored his first goal in the Northumberland Senior Cup tie v Team Northumbria on 2 March 2009.
He had his first taste of first tea football as a substitute in the 1 – 0 friendly win at Huddersfield on 21 August 2009, and has now made his first start for Newcatsle in a compeittive game.
James and star goalkeeper Tim Krul did themselves no harm with their more than solid performances last night.