Newcastle defender James Tavernier is having a very good loan spell at neighboring Gateshead.
James Tavernier – in action for Gateshead recently
The 19-year-old joined Gateshead on loan on 7th January, on an initial 28 day loan, and he made his debut for the other Tyneside club on 8th January against Kidderminster Harriers.
And then on 8th February, Tavernier’s loan deal at Gateshead was extended until 9th April., and he has so far played 15 times for the Conference League team.
Tavernier will be playing against Darlington today in the first leg of the quarter final tie of the FA Trophy, and he will be hoping the Gateshead side can make it to the finals of the tournament at Wembley.
Reserve team Manager and former Newcastle great, Peter Beardsley, has been able to watch the youngster regularly with Gateshead being just across the river from Newcastle, and has been very pleased with the improvement James has made this year.
And it seems to us it could be a win-win of Gateshead take more of the Newcastle youngsters on loan in the coming seasons, and under Alan Pardew we should see a lot more of our promising youngsters out on loan next season.
James was born in Bradford, and has been at Newcastle since 2008, when he left Leeds United, who he had been with since he was 9 years old, and the 19 year old has played twice so far for the Newcastle first team.
Beardsley talked about James to the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s been brilliant for Tav.” “He’s been involved in some big games and he has another two against Darlington in the FA Trophy.”
“It’s good for him and for Ian Bogie, who I am also friendly with.”
“I will be at both games.” “The first team is at Stoke the following week, but I will be at the International Stadium.”
“And I will definitely be shouting for Gateshead.”
James has a good chance to be kept on Tyneside next year however, and fight for his place in the Newcastle first team, as Alan Pardew has already taken a shining to this lad, who’s always looked a good player in the making
It’s just great to see out youngsters coming through at the club, and we think James has a real chance of success at Newcastle United, and sooner rather than later.