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. 😀