Young Ben Tozer is willing to go out on loan to get first team games, if the chance arises in January.
Ben Tozer – willing to try his luck on loan
The defender has made just one first-team appearance since arriving at St James’ Park, having spent most of last season on the treatment table.
His one senior appearance came in in last month’s Carling Cup defeat at Peterborough United, and the 19-year-old is very willing to go out on loan to get more experience.
Tozer told the Shields Gazette today:
“If I get a chance, I’m definitely ready to take it, but this season I need first-team football,” “If I’m not picked here, then it’s in the back of my mind that I might need to go out on loan.
“Sometimes, you’ve got to take a step back to go forward. If that’s the case, then I’ll have to do it.” “I’ve three years left on my contract. Even if it takes one season away, it will be progression.
“I missed a year’s worth of football at first-team level, and it’s about playing more games, whether it’s here or somewhere on loan for a short time. I need first-team football.”
Tozer was a top young player while he was at Swindon, and he played a few times for their first team while just 17, and his injury earlier in the year has hardly helped things.
But the lad probably needs first team games, and he’s ambitious enough to know he may need to go out on loan. We signed Ben in early January, 2008, and during that month we signed 5 top young players including Hungarian Tamas Kadar.
We still have high hopes that Ben can come through the ranks at Newcastle, but he needs to start showing through soon.