James Tavernier Being Groomed For First Team

Newcastle’s talented defender James Tavernier has so far played 36 games on loan this year.

James Tavernier – one of Newcastle’s top youngsters

James is currently on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, and he has played 18 times at Gateshead and 17 times at Carlisle and made one appearance so for for Wednesday so far this year.

Tavernier is highly thought of  at the club,  and his best position is at right back, and he made the American tour last summer and impressed when he played in America.

And James can also  play at center-back and we wonder  if Alan Pardew will recall him from his loan spell  given the injuries to Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini yesterday.

Somehow we don’t think he will be recalled but will be left at Sheffield to gain valuable first team experience, but we exp[ect this lad to push Danny Simpson big time next season, and we think that’s one reason why the Newcastle manager is pushing Danny to sign his new deal.

If he doesn’t they could sell Danny in the summer, and draft young James into the side at right back, and that’s just one reason it’s probably more important that the Bradford-born player gets more valuable  playing experience this season.

Tavernier was interviewed in the Sunday Sun today, and we learned that Sol Campbell has been a big influence on the 19 year-old:

“I would have to say Sol Campbell was one of the biggest influences on me.” “When you are working day in, day out with someone who has achieved everything that Sol did in the game, that is going to be a major, major plus for a young player.”

“He would just give me little bits of advice and he was very approachable as a professional.”  “With everything he had he done in the game – being one of the best defender’s in the world at one point – you just want to listen to him.”

James began his career at Leeds United but then moved to Newcastle three years ago, and he has continued his progression and can possibly become a top class right-back for Newcastle.

And just like Tim Krul, who joined the club back in 2005,  has eventually broken into the side and has looked fabulous this season, we expect James to do the same thing, and maybe as early as next season, he’s that good already.

James has gained enormously from his loan spells this year, and he talked about Carlisle  manager Greg Abbott and his ambitions at Newcastle:

“ “The time at Carlisle was really helpful. ”  ”  Greg Abbott is a fantastic manager and a great coach – he taught me a lot.” “I think loan spells can only be beneficial.”

“You learn a lot being in and around the coaching staff we have at Newcastle but playing in League One games is a few levels above reserve team football and it is a steep learning curve.”

“It has been a fantastic experience to come to Newcastle United and I have learned so much since I have been here.”

“I would say the aim this year is just to progress.”  “Of course I would love to play for Newcastle, but if that means another loan spell I am fine with that.”

“The manager, Alan Pardew, has shown he is not afraid to give young players a chance and that is a big encouragement.”

James is just one of the many very promising young players at the Newcastle club, and don’t be surprised if the youngster is pressing to be the starting Newcastle right-back as early as next season.

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • Pardew_is_a_geordie

    Dec 4, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone watching AFC totton v Bristol rovers Bristol winning 3-0 and they were all cracking goals

  • shearermania

    Dec 4, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #2

    the player with the best back heel ever in football has unfortunately passed away…..
    the gazza of brazil – Socrates. r.i.p

  • ochytoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Come on totton, just down the road from me!

  • spitfire_

    Dec 4, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Now we must buy two cb’s at january… but I guess that only one will be on permanent deal and the other one will be on loan. And we must have one of those on the first day of 2012.

  • SwedishMagpie

    Dec 4, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #5

    We should put a cheeky bid on Krasic could get him cheap becasue he wants to move from juventus !

  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 4, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #6

    We have been hearing good things about this Lad Maybe its His Time to Show What He can Do !!!! Him and Kadar !!!

  • Brutooon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #7

    i rather we gave that Centre Back position to Tavernier and Kadar !!!

    Skinny Perch return to his best position – AT THE BENCH

  • davybtoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Ref said he should of Luiz off thats no good to us now ffs

    Lay off perch man support ya players ffs

  • davybtoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Thats sent off

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 4, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #10
  • Brutooon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Davybtoon : i am supporting Perch, but he need to play at his best position – at the BENCH.

  • Peka90

    Dec 4, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #12

    I think without our first XI we are going to struggle even against the promoted teams up next. I said after the draw against Man Utd that 35 points in 19 games would have been a great benchmark to kick on!

  • seantoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Ashley will sell him for 7million if he’s a tottenham fan

  • Peka90

    Dec 4, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #14

    The Championship players we have on the bench isn’t enough to keep us where we are!

  • shola show

    Dec 4, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Hope tav comes through and kadar. Shame for tayls, I ruptured my Achilles on 15th march and was back playing at the end of august, just over 5 and half months. Docs said my recovery was very quick, and with top class medical staff, tayls will be fit again. You do lose a touch of pace, but 18 goals in 10 games for my league team says it didn’t affect much else. Still no saylor for the rest if the season and maybe for abit of preseason too. Gutted

  • jimmymagpie

    Dec 4, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Did Perch do badly – I didn’t think so once he settled down. As for the 1st goal, would colo have done any better, after all that’s the weakest part of his game – he couldn’t stop Dempsey scoring for Fulham with a more difficult header than drogbs had.

  • jayphoto

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Indianmagpie, I wouldn’t worry mate, goalkeepers never fetch the kind of prices it would take to persuade Newcastle to sell! Kruls happy at the moment playing and learning his trade! If anyones going in January its Danny Simpson or Tiote! That website it awful, no quotes or facts or substance!

  • jimmymagpie

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #18

    jayphoto – I hope you’re right mate, because Krul is the last player I want to leave. I would gladly let Simpson go and bring in young Clyne from Crystal Palace, but we really need to be adding defenders now, not selling them, but please no Ridgewell.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #19

    I wonder where would we be on the table if not for Tim Krul this season. And i’m very sure the European giants are looking very closely at him. 10-15million and he might be gone.

  • geoff777

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Perch has come of the bench a few times and done a good job.

    Now he’ll have a run in the team so good luck to the lad.

    Players aren’t perfect and believe it or not the opposition are often talented and trying score against us.
    So if you are looking for faultless performances from our defenders then you’ll be disappointed. Or will you?

    Because you’ll be able to come on here and slag them off.

    Good luck to Perch, Kadar & Tavernier.
    Some of us will cheer you on for the whole 90mins and forgive your errors … because we’re all human and we’re NUFC supporters.


  • ash1001

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Anyone watch Goals on Sunday, personally I thought AP came acrosss very well

    Of those that have been mentioned to help out as a result of injuries to Colo and Saylor, the only one I know anything about are Willo & Perch and have to say I am not that too impressed on either, but hope they step up to the plate thats if Willo is fit, the Physio Room does not even mention Willo so whats happening there I have no idea.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s unfortunate we aren’t bringing our strongest side against the likes of Bolton, Swansea and Norwich as these are games we are more than capable of taking a big amount of points. I still think we can win these games because Pards will be saying to the likes of Kadar and Perch to go out and prove the doubters wrong, especially Kadar who is looking to earn a new contract so perhaps for these guys it’s a blessing in disguise but it is a shame for poor Saylor I hope the injury isn’t as serious as they’re making out

  • geordiefinn

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #23

    It’s not a sign of a true supporter if you are blasting our players again and again when there’s no reason to do that. Perch has done pretty well compared to his last season. It’s not easy to come on and try to play as well as Colo when there are so many world class players against you… Show some support man.

    Also I see you are talking about “Skinny Perch” and same time you want to see Simmo (5 ft 8) or Tavernier (5 ft 9) to play as CB. Come on get a grip…

  • geordiefinn

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #24

    * Simmo (5 ft8 )

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #25

    We played OK yesterday, not our best performance but not our worst. Chelsea are one of the top teams in the world and we were very unlucky. Luiz should have gone, hit the bar twice, hit the post and one off the line. Add to that loosing our two cb’s, and no jonas to cover for raylor against sturridge.

    I am proud of the lads. We didnt get the rub of the green and that was the difference. No way did we deserve to get beat 3-0. No way !

  • magpie6699

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #26

    2 AMEOBI’S – I agree with all your points . Let’s keep the faith.

  • alkinou

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #27

    I was scared of how we would perform against the top teams but I think we did alright. They are better than us but we put up a decent fight every time. Now if we want to secure a good league place we’ve got to go back to being regular and beating the teams below us. If we do that I think we could finish 7th, higher will be difficult.

  • craigTnufc

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #28

    Post 10. Had to laugh reading that report, which idiot wrote that.

  • scdoty

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #29

    @2 Ameobis

    Well said, agreed on all fronts.

    And everyone give Perch some slack, played decent yesterday.

    And Simmo CB? god some of you really need to think about what you write.


  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Agree with others on signin up Johnny Evans if possible.
    Alex has been poor so wouldn’t have him and he was on huge wages.
    Anelka would be great too,quick and a great eye for goal,big wages will scare off the fat ash though

  • GeordieCoaster

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #31

    We got Blackburn at Home in the Cup.

  • alkinou

    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Blackburn at home in the FA Cup, probably a lucky draw, they’ll forfeit it like the Carling Cup for the league…

  • seantoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Could of sworn someone said we had west brom on here earlier

  • alkinou

    Dec 4, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #34


    Man City v Man Utd already … They’ll be feeling unlucky

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Perch did really well yesterday actually,some of u just see drogba scoring and blame him solely.Knobs
    Simmo at CB?He’s actually filled in for us before and at Man u and played well.
    I see his height would be a problem though in the long term.
    If he needs to play at cb use Rayls at RB .
    What about..
    With midfield being
    Rayls …….Guthrie …….Cabaye..”..Jonas

  • roblee7

    Dec 4, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #36

    martin o’neill guna do well at the scum or take em down? hmmm, i cant make up my mind. i actually dont want sunderland relegated on the basis that i love the derby games so much! however, a nice close relegation battle for em would be nice 🙂

  • boater

    Dec 4, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #37

    Let’s be thankful for small mercies (touching wood) that it’s not captain Colo out for the season. Taylor is a miss but from a technical perspective replaceable in the short term. You never know, Colo hasn’t even been officially ruled out of the trip to Norwich.

    How about Raylor at centre half and Santon at left back until Williamson is fit?

  • roblee7

    Dec 4, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #38

    oh, n anyone know whats happened with Vukic? I’m bit disappointed ,thought we’d see more of him this season and more often than not doesn’t seem to even get on the bench. n where’s shane ferguson aswell??? 2 very promising players who don’t seem to be gettin a sniff at the mo. as for santon….giv him games!!! Its like Xisco, i swear if he’d been given a proper chance like Guttierez and the like, he’d of come good. we seem to do this with foreign players and its well known they need many games before they’v adapted, just look at colo, guttierez and even the scouse enrique!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 4, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #39

    I rate Tavernier higher than Simpson. Simpson and Raylor depend too much on team-mates to help them out. Simpson with his back stepping all the time waits for someone like Obertan to help him clear the danger. Raylor depends on Guiterrez to help him out too. This is really disrupting our attacking threat as our two outlets on the counter have to be constantly back pedalling. We need reinforcements ASAP.

    The worst case scenario is upon us now. I think our best defence would be now:

    Simpson Perch Raylor Santon

    We really need to strengthen our back line in January or see us fall drastically from the top half of the league.

    PS. What a frustrating match it was on Saturday as nothing went our way, still fought to the end though.


  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 4, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Shame about Speedo’s tribute being postponed as it would have been amazing to see the number 11 in a full capacity St James’ and on Sky TV.

    Oh and Sturridge is amazing. He could have and should have scored a hat-trick but glad he didn’t. The amount of space Raylor offered him was ridiculous and at fault for most of their dangerous attacks.

    Raylor without Gutierrez is woeful and has been found out against the bigger teams.


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