We didn’t think much at all of Alan Pardew when he became the Newcastle manager last December, in fact we were really disappointed he got the job.
James Tavernier playing for Carlisle
But Alan has surprised us with a number of things, and he seems not only to be a very good coach, he’s also excellent with his players, and one good thing is the team spirit at Newcastle has remained at a high level since he arrived.
And Pardew is a great beleiver in sending the Newcastle youngsters out on loan to get first team experience. and at the moment Newcastle have Fraser Forster (4) at Celtic, Kazenga LuaLua at Brighton (4), Michael Richardson at Leyton Orient (4, 1), Phil Airie at Hibs (1) and James Tavernier at Carlisle (5).
The numbers in the brackets are the appearances they have made while out on loan this season, and Michael Richardson has scored one goal at Leyton Orient and in fact just returned to Newcastle.
Carlisle United are hoping to extend James Tavernier’s loan deal , which is due to come to an end today, and the 19 year-old has been a regular in the Carlisle side since he joined them last month.
With the Gateshead loan deal earlier this year, and the time he’s been at Carlisle United, James now has 23 first class games this year already, and will be gaining valuable experience
And Newcastle did not allow James to play in last week’s Carling Cup defeat at Aldershot, which has to be a good sign to the youngster that Pardew sees him as a first team squad member this season.
It seems that Carlisle will be one of the sides that Newcastle use to loan out some of their younger players to get first team playing time, and the club has a good relationship with Carlisle manager Greg Abbott.
It’s good to see the youngsters loaned out to get some games, and it’s even better when they do well, and then return to Newcastle to further show manager Alan Pardew what they can do.
One very positive thing about the Newcastle squad right now is the number of top youngsters who could make the grade on Tyneside.
They can also help bolster the first team squad, which is still far too small this season, although the skill of the squad has been improved over last season.
The top youngsters on Tyneside at the moment are probably Shane Ferguson (20), Haris Vuckic (19), Sammy Ameobi (19) and James Tavernier (19) , who had a good pre-season for Newcastle and was on the American tour.
It will be interesting to see if Newcastle extend James’ loan deal at Carlisle, and we think that will happen maybe for another month or two.