James Tavernier One For The Future At Newcastle

19 year-old Newcastle right back, James Tavernier, is only one of the many exciting youngsters coming through the ranks at Newcastle at the moment.

James Tavernier – an excellent young player at Newcastle

The Bradford-born right back, who can play anywhere across the back four, scored a great goal in Newcastle Reserves 4-0 win against Blyth Spartans at St. Jame’s Park on Wednesday  night, to take the Sage Northumberland Senior Cup.

This is what James said after the game:

“It’s definitely good to win a trophy at the end of the season,” “We didn’t win the league, but winning a trophy’s really good for the team, and the morale.”

“I was happy that I scored in the last game of the season. It wasn’t a bad one. Some of the lads were saying it was an own goal.”

“But no chance (of course!) – it was on target, and going to go in anyway! I’m taking it.”

“I think I can still count on one hand the goals I’ve scored, so I’m happy to have scored in the last game.”

The 19-year-old has a terrific loan spell with Gateshead earlier this year, where he appeared 18 times for the other Tyneside club, and received rave reviews for his performances.

Tavernier, who started hos career with Leeds United in 2001 before joining Newcastle in 2008, has so far played  twice for the Newcastle first team, both in the Carling Cup.

Because of all the injuries Newcastle players have suffered this year with various injuries, Tavernier has been named on the bench as many as four times since his return to St James’ Park last month.

Not surprisingly, James would love to make his debut in the Premier League before the end of the season, and with all the Newcastle players going down like nine-pins right now – that may happen.

Tavernier continued:

“I got the early call back from Gateshead, and getting involved in the squad has been great.”

“Traveling down with the lads and getting a feel for it has been really good.” “I’d love to come on, but as long as I’m getting experience on the bench, I can’t complain.”

“It’s great – you get a buzz being involved and speaking to the lads.” “It’s really good that the manager wants to push the youngsters through.”

“It gives us the incentive to really push on and impress him.”

We could well see James Tavernier stay on Tyneside next season and battle for a starting position at right back, although Alan Pardew may decide to send him out on loan again, probably to a Championship side, and there will be no shortage of takers for this promising lad.

A number of our readers would like to see youngsters like Tavernier given a chance in the last two games of the season, and certainly Liverpool have played John Flanagan, Jay Spearing and Jack Robinson lately, and those youngsters have not disappointed at all.

It’s part of Alan Pardew’s job to blood the youngsters coming through at Newcastle, and we may see Tavernier and Ferguson make appearances again, before the end of this season.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • keeganjr

    May 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #1

    simpson has been poor lately.. try him agains wba, i’m comming over for that match..

  • Rotonda heights

    May 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    No, He’s one for now. let’s lose this awful fear of playing young players.

  • Thump

    May 13, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #3

    When I’ve seen him play he hasn’t really impressed me. In the past year he must have improved quite a bit.

  • The Entertainers

    May 13, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #4


    Cracking prospect, would love to see him proted to sqaud next season, season after out on loan and following season he could ‘be’ ready. But hang on by then he’d be 21 yrs old ah damn he’d be far too old ! Haha

    Next season in squad:

    Partial loans:

    Season loans:

  • Phil K

    May 13, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Be nice if our young lads like Tavernier, Ferguson, et al are allowed to come through and become first team regulars. Whatever happened to Haris – whatsisname ?

  • Bucks mag

    May 13, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #6

    He was out in Tup Tup last night with Sammy Ameobi, very courteous chap

  • Phil K

    May 13, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Vuckic, yeah thats the name.
    Ranger should be booted out to do a Carroll. Championship sides would take him for a season, no doubt.
    He’s needing to realize he HAS to start producing.

  • Thump

    May 13, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Vuckic? He’s injured, Phil.

    @Bucks: I thought players were banned from Tup Tup?

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 13, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    he can be a good competation for right back for simpson

  • toonfan09

    May 13, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10

    if they are the players arent listening cos colo and jonas are always there

  • Thump

    May 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #11


    Yep, seemingly banned. That’s a bit worrying if they aren’t listening to the gaffer. When Hughton said “no more Blu Bamboo”, people listened.

  • rwpoynter

    May 13, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #12

    There seems to be mixed opinions about playing young talent in the first team. With the two games left and so many injuries, I see it as a wonderful opportunity. Just look at the way Jack Wilshere has come on this season. I think I am right in saying that a few years back Paul Etherington was shoved into the first team at Chelsea and had to deal with Drogba, which is about as good a ‘baptism of fire’ as you could ask for. If I remember rightly, we got a 0-0 draw on that occasion. There are very few games in the season when it is a good idea to take a risk on players, but these next two games are good opportunities to do just that.

  • clinta3

    May 13, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Agree, blood some of the young lads in the last two games, there’s not much to lose. Altough with the way the TV money works out every place higher or lower in the league is worth 800,000 so perhaps there’s pressure from above to get as many points as possible.

  • Billy1985

    May 13, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #14

    but we wont get nowt from chelsea we have no strikers that can produce get the young players in

  • Billy1985

    May 13, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #15

    whats an extra 800,000 pound when we are safe its not like we are missing out on millions again so i dont see the problem especially how much money we have off carroll plus the money off wr just see that as 1 place up in the prem and let the young ones do their bit for the toon

  • BeeGuy

    May 13, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Never leave money on the table.

    Tav and Simpson are lookalikes.

  • max

    May 13, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #17

    agree to see youngster..

  • Graeme

    May 13, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #18

    The youngsters will get lots of chances next season if FCB maintains his habit of pocketing huge chunks of outgoing transfer funds for his own use!!

    If I recall rightly, this is the man who was happy to put in £20 mill per season to fund new players, yet he has made a net profit in EVERY window since he took over!!! If he doesnt invest this window, it says it all really!!!


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