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.
“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.