A good interview today with 19 year-old Newcastle defender James Tavernier.
James Tavernier – wants to push on next season
Time seems to have flown by, ever since the lads played their final game on Sunday, May 22nd and the squad will report back to Benton next Monday to begin pre-season training.
That’s the day my wife Madeline leaves for a five week vacation in Newcastle, but I will not be with her this year.
It turns out James Tavernier has been keeping himself very fit over the summer, and should report back next Monday in tip top shape.
The Bradford-born 6’1″ tall youngster has his eyes on first team football next season, and there’s nothing much wrong with that.
James was brought back early from his very successful loan spell at Gateshead earlier this year, and was on the bench in 6 of Newcastle’s final 8 league games.
James played 18 times for Gateshead earlier in the year, and received rave reviews, and Alan Pardew will now have to gauge the lad this summer, but we expect Tavernier to remain on Tyneside, and fight for a first team place.
The alternative is that Pardew could send him out on loan to get first team games.
James has made two first-team starts in the Carling Cup for Newcatsle, and this is what the youngster told the Newcastle web-site today:
“I had a couple of weeks of just chilling out and doing nothing, but then even though I’m away from the place I’ve been doing extra fitness work so I’m at my peak when I come back onto the scene next week.”
“Then hopefully I can go to America and really push on from there.”
“I’ve been doing a fair bit of running, mainly. It’s just important to keep fit, and I’ve been in the gym at the same time to get stronger because it’s a very competitive game. You’ve got to be strong – you can’t be weak.”
“And you’ve got to be fit to get up and down the field. That’s what modern left-backs and right-backs do. If you look at Dani Alves, he is practically on the right wing all the time and he’s always up and down the field.”
“You’ve got to have great stamina to do that – but I want to be like that so I’ve been doing everything I can to give me the best possible chance over the summer.”
James certainly seems to have the right attitude, and it would be good if one or two youngsters could break though next season to the Newcastle first team, much like 19 year-old Shane Ferguson did last season.
Tavernier could be one of the lads who does just that.