James Tavernier Has Similar Potential To Shane Ferguson

19 year-old James Tavernier had an excellent loan spell at neighboring Gateshead recently, which came to an end only a few weeks ago.

James Tavernier – great prospect for Newcastle

And James has been on the bench for the last couple of games, as the Newcastle squad has been ravaged by injuries and suspensions, and indeed four teenagers were on the bench on Sunday at Villa Park.

The only reason James was recalled to Newcastle was because of the injuries and suspensions, and James may get a run out again in the first team before the end of the season, but only when Newcastle are safe from the relegation threat, which is not yet.

The Bradford-born youngster was at the Leeds United Academy, before joining Newcastle about four years ago.

James is highly rated on Tyneside, and he’s also a smashing lad, and he talked today about his current situation on Tyneside:

“Next season is important for me.” “Hopefully, I will be involved in pre-season with the first team and will be a bit closer.”

“It is great to be back. I always wanted to be recalled, but it was a great experience at Gateshead.” “I played loads of games, I think it was about 15.”

“I played a lot of matches, which was what I wanted because the reserve team has only had four or five games in that time, and I have played 14 or 15.”

James  played 18 times for Gateshead while on loan there, and he has two first team appearances for Newcastle United, but he got rave reviews at Gateshead for his performances there from manager Ian Bogie.

The 6′ tall Tavernier can also play in central defense, but he now considers right-back his best position, and he has the same potential as the lad on the other side of the back four, 19 year-old Irishman Shane Ferguson.

Shane did himself and the other good youngsters at Newcastle United a huge favor recently, when he looked so good for Newcastle  when he came in and deputized for the hamstrung Jose Enrique.

And Shane impressed manager Alan Pardew immensely with his two excellent performances, but we also have to remember that  James Tavernier has the same potential as Shane, and it will be interesting to see if he is shipped out on loan early next season.

If James isn’t,  then it will probably mean that Alan Pardew thinks he is ready to  challenge Danny Simpson for that right-back position in the first team.

But let’s be clear, this 19 year old West Yorkshire lad has a very promising career on Tyneside, and he’s already an excellent young player, as Gateshead will attest to.

He’s yet another of the many promising youngsters we have, at the moment, at the Newcastle club. 😀

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #1

    I rate him better then Danny Simpson but that is my opinion.

  • skutball1892

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #2

    2 future full backs mentioned there, they’re both quality. But we all know what happened to our last quality player to be brought through the academy (won’t say his name, beginning to sound like voldemort off harry potter)

  • Mags

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #3

    When I went to watch the Accrington Stanley game, these two lads stood out and it was obvious they would progress.

    Great news for Newcastle just so long as we keep them and not sell them like Andy Carroll.

    See skutball1892 I am not afraid to say his name. 😀 😀 😀

  • Brutooon

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #4

    he might be the next ramage,hutington, david edgar etc

  • lewman

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #5

    he looked great agiant psv but that was only for about 25 mins. he seemed to have great movement and one touch passing ability but i didnt see much of his defensive work.

  • gorskino10

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Saw him play looks really composed at that level and was easilly the best play on the park.

    He also has the easiest posistion to take as well so it looks bright, only think im worried is Unlike Shane he isnt that attack minded and doesnt bomb up like most Full Backs do now.

  • lewman

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #7

    no need to worry gorskino, abidal isnt very attacking but he is one of the best full backs in the world.

  • boonarmy

    Apr 14, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #8

    aslong as he doesnt back off like simpson then he will do for me

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Apr 14, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #9

    How is David Edgar going anyway ?. I heard he cant even get a game for his team.Silly boy he is.

  • MonsterMagnet

    Apr 14, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #10

    I thought Ramage, Hunts and Edgar were decent! They came through at a time when we would rather spend money on rubbish like Stephen Carr and Babayaro than blood young talent. Ramage was better than Carr (imo one of the worst players of recent years), Hunts never got much of a chance, and Edgar was alright. He scored a cracking goal against United. The most positive thing about Ashley’s regime is the focus on youth. Who knows what might have happened to Ramage, Hunts and Edgar had we had more confidence in them. The flipside of the focus on youth is of course lack of investment on the pitch, which is a problem, but a whole different issue…

  • davybtoon

    Apr 14, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #11

    great players in the making these 2
    and why do ppl keep mentioning carroll for god sake get it in yor head HE WANTED TO GO that makes a huge difference once he asked to leave u have to sell

  • Klatoon

    Apr 14, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Trying to come up with a virus that automatically blocks any comment with that loserpool striker’s name

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 14, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #13

    I think with all the injuries we have had,we should have kept Xisco and that he may have had a chance to show hiself.
    I really think he could have been good for us although he aint worth his wages that isn`t his fault he got that much.
    He certainly wouldn`t have been any worse than what we have lyin about

  • ToonAndy

    Apr 14, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Benny Arfa has been training with the reserves all week hasnt he?? Does anyone now how he’s been getting on ??

  • chuck

    Apr 14, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Have you watched Carr recently, playing great for Birmingham, has a new lease on life.
    Did you ever watch him during his prime @ Spurs,
    Carr was a pretty good attacking RWB before backs were required to be able to get forward.
    And no, he was not and is still not one of the worst players of recent years.
    But then obviously with a name like “Monstermagnet” I`m assuming you are too young to know.

  • carrollsinger

    Apr 14, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Bennys back for the pool game ain’t he can’t wait and gos is back training to a little late but as long as we stay up it will be like 2 new players

  • DerkaSayWhat

    Apr 15, 2011 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Carroll, Rumour has it Benny could be back for the Man United game…. I dont believe it myself.

  • bassongs_of_praise

    Apr 15, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Ive heard from people that watch the reserves that he is pretty much a clone of Danny Simpson – great engine, great work rate and heart but pretty crap at football and defending!


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