News today that James Tavernier will be loaned out to Carlisle United for another two months.
James Tavernier – in action for Carlisle
With new boy Davide Santon being injured in training yesterday, and having to have key-hole surgery on his right knee, the 20 year-old Italian will be out for at least four weeks.
So we thought James may have been recalled from his loan spell at Carlisle to bolster Alan Pardew’s full-back options, which are not great at the moment.
The Newcastle right-back will finalize the loan spell for another two months, and if the paperwork is completed, he should be able to play for Carlisle at Chesterfield tomorrow.
The extended loan spell has been welcomed by manager Greg Abbott, who wants the Bradford-born defender James to fill in for Frank Simek, until the player can return from his hip injury.
James has played 8 times for Carlisle so far this season, and that adds to the 18 games he had on loan for local club Gateshead earlier this year, so James is getting lots of first team games, and he will benefit from the first team experience.
But we’re still a bit concerned that Newcastle don’t have too many full back options with Davide Santon out, and it’s clear he will not be rushed back, since his right knee has been a cause for concern in the past,
Newcastle do have Danny Simpson, Ryan Taylor, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, and of course Hungarian Tamas Kadar is also available, and Tamas can play in the left back position.
And while Ryan Taylor had a tough game on Monday night, trying to contain Shaun Wright-Phillips, the 27 year-old is a great professional and we expect him to have learned from that experience, and put in a solid enough display tomorrow afternoon at Villa Park.
Although it’s also true that Alan Pardew has the impressive young Shane Ferguson available too.