One of the youngsters who did himself no harm in the American trip was right-back James Tavernier.
James Tavernier – had good American tour
The right back had a very successful loan spell at Gateshead earlier this year where he played 18 games and got rave reviews, before Alan Pardew called him back, after a number of first teamers were injured.
This coming season will be crucial for the Bradford-born player who joined Newcastle from the Leeds United Academy three years ago.
The 6′ tall 19 year-old can play anywhere across the back four, but his favorite and probably his best position is at right back, so he will be challenging Danny Simpson for that spot next season.
James is probably ready to challenge for the a first team spot at Newcastle, and therefore we don’t think Alan Pardew will send him out on loan this coming season.
This is what James recently said about his ambitions at Newcastle:
“I went out on loan last year.” “But it is good being on the fringes because it is a really good chance to show the manager I can be trusted.”
“It shows you can play in the side and be trusted.” “My main aim is to get into the first team. I can play right across the board in defense.”
“That’s a good thing but for me it can also be a bad thing you can be classed as a utility man.” “I would like to concentrate on right-back but I can play centre-back and left-back as well.”
“You just want to play really, but at right-back I can get up and down the pitch.”
James has only made a couple of first team competitive appearances so far for Newcastle, but we are hoping he can emulate what Shane Ferguson did earlier this year, and come through big time for Newcastle next season.