Look Out For This Newcastle Youngster Next Season


Shane Ferguson was the youngster who burst onto the Newcastle first team scene this year.

James Tavernier – break-through next season?

With Jose Enrique injured, Alan Pardew was initially hesitant to give the young 19 year-old baby-faced Ferguson a chance.

But after Alan eventually brought Shane on against Stoke, the youngster never looked back, and played well  every time he was in the Newcatsle first team.

But there is another 19 year-old full-back on Newcastle’s books, who could come through big time next season, and that is 19 year old Bradford-born defender James Tavernier.

James had a good loan spell at Gateshead earlier this year, and he was outstanding in the 18 games he played for the other Tyneside club.

James started his career at Leeds back in 2001, before joining Newcastle three years ago, and he has so far made two first team appearances for the club.

Newcastle manager Pardew has already said that Tavernier will start next season in the first-team pool next season, and he he’ll get his chance in pre-season.

Peter Beardsley, the Newcastle Reserve team coach,  talked to the local press about the youngster:

“Tav was outstanding. He’s stronger physically, he heads it well, and he’s obviously an athlete.”

“He can run all day, and I’m guessing that was one of the things that stood out when he came to the club.”

“All he’s got to do is cut out the mistakes and, if he can do that, he’s got a real chance.”

Peter commented on James’ loan spell at Gateshead, a club Newcastle could use to blood some of their up and coming youngsters in the future.

Peter continued:

“It’s a good standard and I watched him play against plenty of decent teams.”

20 year-old Ryan Donaldson’s contract runs out at the end of this month, and it’s still not clear if he will be offered a new deal to stay at his home-town club.

But the local lad also did well on his loan spell at Hartlepool United this year, where he made 12 first-team appearances, and Beardsley thought both youngsters did well out on loan:

“They did well at Gateshead and Hartlepool.”

“They got on well, and they improved as players for their time on loan.” But he still feels that the young duo have plenty of work to do.”

“There’s a lot at this level to try to improve on, whether it be in training, or matches.” “But there’s a lot to look forward to.”

With the surprising news yesterday that Newcastle will let 20 year-old striker Nile Ranger leave Newcastle, it can be a brutal business for youngsters trying to come though the ranks on Tyneside.

Newcastle have never had a particularly good record of bringing young players through, but that has to change, as its now one of Newcastle’s main strategies at the club.

Tavernier could well be the next youngster to come through big time at Newcastle, and as far as Ryan is concerned, the first thing he will be looking for is a new contract  this summer at Newcastle.

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111 comments so far

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    go ahead!!! good player

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  • rknufc

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    1ST

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  • rknufc

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:53 AM

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    dammit 3RD

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  • rknufc

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:53 AM

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    4TH

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  • rknufc

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:53 AM

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    5TH

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  • toonruz

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:55 AM

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    7th

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  • toonruz

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:55 AM

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    6th

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  • toonruz

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:55 AM

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    8th

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  • Tom1664

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Not seen all that much of Tavernier although I’ve heard nothing but good things from people who have – maybe include him in the cup squads and see if he can bed in from there?

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  • rknufc

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:56 AM

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    9TH

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  • rknufc

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:56 AM

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    11TH

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  • toonruz

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:57 AM

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    12th

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Guys, there’s no point in posting if you’re not actually contributing. It’s just annoying because it means we have to move on to the “newer comments” sooner!

    Expecting good things from Tav after all the hype. I’m hoping we’re starting to see the money invested into the academy paying off.

    Ferguson, Lua Lua, Sammy, Tav, and WHERE ARE VUCKIC & MOYO? I know they’ve been injured a bit, but seriously!

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  • toonruz

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #14

    13th

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #15

    And Ed, what is actually the deal with the Old/New comments? It aint half annoying!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #16

    And apologies for the triple post, but

    Today must be DDay for the Gervinho announcement.

    Dun Dun Duuuunnnnn

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    Jun 6, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Saw him play for Gateshead against Wimbledon last year and he was the stand out player. Think he maybe needs to be loaned to a league 1 or championship club this season to toughen him up a bit more but could have real potential. As for Donaldson sorry fella but if you haven’t made it by now you never will. League 1 level in my opinion.

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  • toonruz

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #18

    fair play lol he a good up comeing player lets hope he gets some game time in the cup games next season

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  • RichK

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #19

    I wish people would stop with this 1st,2nd,3rd crap – I come on here to read comments not numbers – if I wanted to do that I’d go on some children’s blog although it seems at times it’s children writing on here! You see the article that Ed’s put up has 10/20 comments and then you find out 90% of them are numbers – utter rubbish!

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  • listie

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #20

    We could do with Ranger having his break through season next season as well

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  • Stuart

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #21

    I’d settle for Ranger at least hitting the target once myself haha.

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  • CT

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #22

    Re poss ZOG transfer that seems to have been overlooked.
    Will Dave Whelan sell to Mike Ashley as it`s well documented that they hate each other thro` their biz dealings, and if so DW would probs want to stich MA up just for face.

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #23

    I agree sick of this numbers thing it’s really starting to grate on me. Please give it a rest now guys I get the joke now move on to football discussion

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  • Stuart

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #25

    video of Gervinho yesterday, not the best quality though.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #26

    thanks Stuart

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  • Tom1664

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #27

    Looks like Gervinho’s got a pair of tricky feet on him – I’d love to see us pull this one off.

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  • The Undeluded Geordie

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #28

    I think he is being bigged up far too much. I went to a Gateshead game earlier this season and he looked out of his depth. He ran tirelessly yet he was afraid to put the ball in the box. He lost his man on occasions as well. However, he ran constantly which I applaud.

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  • Sir Alan

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #29

    N’zogbia valuation price is 9 million, however that is only for top 4 club. Any one else and the price will be higher? Is Cabaye playing tonight? Really want to see this lad play. What are his best attributes anyone?

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  • Stuart

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #30

    Sir Alan,

    France are playing tomorrow I think. As for Cabaye, he’s been compared with Xavi before, plays from the centre, most attacks go through him and hes got a good range of passes.

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  • Tom1664

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #31

    And if he’s anything like his counterpart on PES, he’s got an absolute monstrosity of a shot.

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #32

    Tav from what i saw from his loan spell was VERY calm and defended really well didnt allow the error Danny commits which is standing to far back and letting the player cut inside or outside.

    Him and Airey id like to see get a chance, Airey got the golden boot for reserve league beating some talented players like Borini etc..

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  • Sir Alan

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #33

    Compared to Xavi! Wow. Not too much pressure on him beig a success here then!!

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  • nufc.romania

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #34

    Juan Agudelo

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  • Stuart

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #35

    Haha, I should’ve said poor mans Xavi.

    That doesnt mean he isnt good, just not quite good enough for Barca haha.

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #36

    Sir Alan@

    Cabaye i saw in articles called him the “French Inesta” but take that as you wish, the season before last he got like 10 goals from Midfield so has an eye for goal, tricky feet, low centre of gravity, and good passing range.

    N’Zogbia is too expensive, id go for Marvin Martin/Ryad Boudebouz or Youssef El Erabi (17 goals from wing for Caen) who anyone of them would be max 7M

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  • TenaciousToon77

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #37

    Sky Ticker confirms that Watford have accepted the 3.5m bid from Swansea.

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  • TenaciousToon77

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #38

    For Danny Graham

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #39

    Remember N’Zogbia is expensive because, unlike others, he is Premiership proven.

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  • dannyk9

    Jun 6, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #40

    need gervinho but taking to long we will lose him

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