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.