James Tavernier joined the Leeds United Youth system when he was just 9 years old back in 20001.
James Tavernier – had an excellent American tour – good for him
And it was just a short three years ago that James left Leeds United to join the Newcastle Academy, and he has done very well since then on Tyneside.
James performed admirably during the Newcastle three game tour of America, and had a very solid game when he started at right back in the final game against the Columbus Crew.
In fact James played in all three games stateside, and looked solid in every game, and no doubt manager Alan Pardew will have taken note.
James came to prominence when he played on loan at Gateshead earlier this year to rave reports, and he appeared 18 times for the Gateshead club.
James is obviously keen that he will get a run-out tomorrow, and while we don’t think he will start, we’re sure he will be given a run out by manager Pardew.
This is what James said this morning:
“I was born in Bradford, but I lived in Bramley from when I was four. I am a Leeds fan.” “Hopefully, I will be involved in the Leeds game.”
“That would mean a lot, as I have not played at Elland Road in a proper game.” “I played a friendly when I was at the Academy there – I was probably about 10.”
“Hopefully, I can play this weekend.” “My mum and I are Leeds fans, and it would be incredible if I am involved.” “I will be wearing a black-and-white top, I will do my best for the club.”
“I will be proud to be playing for Newcastle, but I still love Leeds!”
One of the most pleasing things about the American tour was that we saw some very good performances from some of our top youngsters including James, Haris Vuckic and Paul Dummett.
And probably the most impressive player in America was 21 year-old Dan Gosling, who is coming back from his very serious ACL knee injury.
So it was great to see Dan looking do good and energetic in America, and things are even looking up a little, after the excellent performances of some of our youngsters stateside.
If the youngsters can come through this season it will help to bolster the Newcastle squad, which wile still be small next season, with some players – like James Perch, Wayne Routledge, Nile Ranger and Jose Enrique all likely to leave the club this summer.