It was an open question as to who will play right back tomorrow night, in the crucial league game against Crystal Palace at home.
James Tavernier – may get chance tomorrow night
It turns out that Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is considering handing 18 year-old James Tavernier his League debut tomorrow night against Crystal Palace.
James made his debut back in the away game at Peterborough on 22nd September, when Newcastle were well beaten 2-0 in the Carling Cup, but Tavernier came out of that game looking a good player, and on the night may have been Newcastle’s best player.
So it looks like the lad’s temperament is spot on.
Danny Simpson is injured and Ryan Taylor unfortunately got sent off on Saturday and is suspended, and it looks like the next in line, as far as specialty right back go – is young James.
While Mike Williamson may come into contention at center-half if he signs from Portsmouth in time, we doubt that he will be plunged in at the deep-end and expect Tamas Kadar to play, but if Williamson comes in, Tamas can play at right back – at a push.
And as we mentioned yesterday Danny Guthrie or Ryan Donaldson could also be asked to do a job in that role.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“James Tavernier is a natural in that position so he is certainly an option.”
“If I look at the options we’ve got we can move somebody from a midfield position or move Tamas Kadar there or young Tavernier, who is natural in that area.”
“It doesn’t change that much as we’re still trying to win a football match.” “But we do have a few problems in that position.”
“These things are sent to try us and we’re not the only team to lose players at various stages. I’m sure it’s not the only time we’ll be missing players at certain stages, we have to cope with it.”
A lot will depend how things go in training this week, and if young James looks the part.
But we think Chris will go with experience, and probably play Danny Guthrie there – if he proves he can play that position in training.
Bradford-born Tavernier is excited at the prospect of his league debut but Hughton will wait until shortly before the kick-off to announce his plans.
James Tavernier joined Newcastle from Walbottle School, where he attended from age 15 after moving from Bradford in West Yorkshire.
From 9 years old he played six seasons with Leeds United before moving to Tyneside, and James has often talked about his mother, whom he says ‘has sacrificed everything for my football career.’
If James does start the game, we trust the Newcastle fans will give him the strong support he will need.
We just have to capture all 3 points tomorrow night.