Gateshead manager Ian Bogie has waxed lyrical about young Newcastle right back James Tavernier.
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James, who is just 19, just finished an impressive loan spell at Gateshead where he managed to get in 18 first team starts for the Conference side.
Bogie told the Evening Chronicle:
“Tav’s been fantastic for us and obviously has a big future in the game.” “He’s still a young lad with a lot to learn.”
” As long as he takes on board what the coaches at Newcastle tell him, and what he’s learned while he’s been with us, I’m sure he’ll make it.”
“He can grace the right-back slot for Newcastle United for years to come.”
As Gateshead get back in the Football League, they have become a much better proposition for Newcastle to send some of their young players to, and the James Tavernier loan will help Gateshead get other Newcastle youngsters in the future, it was just so successful for both clubs.
“It’s been difficult in the past for us to get players from Newcastle because we’ve been part-time,” “Now we’re finding our feet in the Conference National and we believe we’ve got a lot to offer in return for taking players on loan.”
“We’re a good footballing side – anybody who watches us can see that.” “So people know they can send players here in the knowledge that they’ll get to play in the right way and benefit from playing games with a real competitive edge.”
“I know Peter Beardsley very well, John Carver’s a former Gateshead player and Steve Stone is a Gateshead lad.” “I speak to them all regularly and they’ve been heartened by Tav’s experience with us.”
It can certainly be a win-win for both Newcastle and Gateshead, if some of our top youngsters go out on loan to the other Tyneside club, because they don’t even have to move from Newcastle to play there.
The other advantage is that the Newcastle coaches can watch some of the home games quite easily, and keep tabs on the youngsters, who can pop in to the Newcastle training regularly.
It can also help Gateshead move up the leagues and get into a better class of football, which of course is their goal, and would be great for Tyneside.
This all sounds good to us.