Newcastle End James Tavernier’s Loan At Sheffield Wednesday

Newcastle have ended James Tavernier’s loan at Sheffield Wednesday because the Owls were playing James out on the right wing.

James Tavernier – in action for Sheffield Wednesday

Tavernier’s stay ended on Monday,  after he had been playing well out on the right wing, and he played a total of 7 times for the Sheffield club.

That follows the 17 times James played for Carlisle United earlier this season, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him go out on loan again through the end of the season at another club.

The news is that Alan Pardew wants James Tavernier to get playing time at right back and not on the right wing.

Gary Megson, the Owls manager had this to say about the situation today:

“Newcastle won’t allow the loan to be extended. I spoke to Alan Pardew. We’ve been playing James at outside right but they don’t want him to play in the position.”

“I can’t guarantee he’ll play at right-back, because we’ve got Jon Otsemobor back and Lewis Buxton getting closer to full fitness. “

Ww expect James to be pushing for a first team place at full back next season, and Pardew will probably link him up with another club in January, and there should be no shortage of interested clubs for the talented full-back.

James only turned 20 last October, so he’s got lots of time, but he’s developing really well with the loan spells he’s had over the last year.

They’ve been at Gateshead (18), Carlisle United (17) and Sheffield Wednesday (7), and the lad is getting much needed first team experience.

James has two appearances so far in the Newcastle first team, and we’re not sure it was too bad playing James out on the right wing.

Maybe he could make a good right winger, and full back and winger these days are very similar positions, as James’  young counterpart at Newcastle – 20 year-old  Shane Ferguson will attest to.

Shane started as a left winger but can play well at left-back too which is his current preferred position,  but it’s a toss-up as to which position will be Shane’s best position in his future career.

Comments welcome.

Note:  My sincere apologies for having the title initially as Sheffield United – it’s my error – now corrected.

29 comments so far

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Give him the RB berth against QPR, I say!

  • Dannyo

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    A bit wrongly worded at the start there Ed.
    His loand was concluded on the 9th and NUFC has decided not to extend his loan, just like it’s said in the quote.
    Too bad there’s no reference to his playing tho, would like to hear more about how he’d have done there.

    Ryder rates him in the same bracket at Simmo. I guess he’ll be staying to push Simmo at RB from now on.

  • davybtoon

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Never mind him push simmo I say play tav

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Demba Ba’s official Twitter account!!/dembabafoot

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Demba Ba @dembabafoot 1h
    Really, I don’t know how desperate this “armand doorn” can be to talk like he’s my agent!! He’s nothing for me. Stop lying and show respect

    Posted 1hour ago.

  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Meanwhile, Newcastle have put a
    £15m price tag on goalkeeper Tim
    Full story: the Sun

    his worth £50m

  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Sochaux striker Modiba Maiga, whose
    proposed move to Newcastle fell
    through last month when he failed a
    medical, is now hoping to join Stoke.

  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Qatar outfit Al-Sadd have pulled out
    of a deal for QPR striker Adel
    Taarabt, after baulking at his £15m
    price tag.
    Full story: Metro

  • bambams

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    I have only watched Tav once live and that was whilst on hols in Florida last summer when they played Orlando. The performance by the team was crap but i remembered Tav had a great game, never got beaten and by hell the lad has pace!

  • Klatoon

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Tav could become our own Kyle Walker,great pace now just needs more experience.

  • Dannyo

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Cheers for the feedback mate, great to have 🙂
    Yeah, supposedly a lightning fast player, no wonder Shef Wed. played him on the RW 😉

  • FloridaToon

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #12


    I was at that game too. I remember the same thing. He was one of the few that had a good game.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #13

    enjoy the video in HD. Demba Ba’s all 15 goals this season. Left foot, Right foot, Header, Penalty, Free Kick.

    Best Striker we have had since Shearer? He’ll be a pain in the ass to replace.

  • Toon Tang

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #14

    hoilett has stumpy legs and a long body. looks like our peg

  • FloridaToon

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Good news on the Ba front from talksport:

    Reports today claimed the Newcastle hitman, who has scored 15 Premier League goals already this season, is speaking to the Old Trafford club about a possible move.
    But his management team have told talkSPORT he is going nowhere and stress that Armand Doorn, who has been quoted today in the papers, is not Ba’s agent

  • Dannyo

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Hopefully he can come in against Brighton/Wrexham. Simmo has played all games this year, being subbed off 2 times only.
    The lad needs a break.

  • Ollieh51

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    @ FloridaToon – He’s just posted a picture on twitter.

    This wa always going to be blown open sooner rather than later.

    As I said before, new contract when he gets back.

    He’s happy, we love him even more, we but a couple more players and start to show intent enough to keep Tiote et al interested in us.


  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #18

    That account above isn’t a wind-up. Simmo has confirmed it and Ba himself has taken a picture a few moments ago, with his alias written down ‘@dembabafoot’, showing it to the camera.

    So from the horse’ (rather sheep’s) mouth, that pleb agent doesn’t represent him.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #19

    its been a long long time since i remember a striker who has gotten 15 goals in only december. amazing.

  • -Tendo-

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #20

    i was begining to think it was a fake account untill i saw him upload that pic! My fears have been eased alot in an instance! cheers for the link Ponderous Pardew

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #21


    He’s a complete ST, scored every kind of goal: left-foot, right-foot, using his body to turn his man, breaking the offside trap, blasted into the net, headers, poacher’s tap-ins, free-kick, penalties and that delightfully improvised finish against Man U. Definitely the best since Shearer, no doubt.

  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #22

    surely playing slightly out of position is better than not at all or with the reserves?

    God, ihate this kind of stuff. really really gets on my nerves. what if his best position turns out to be wide right? same with fergie as i think 90% of folks see him as a winger but not pards

  • 2_goal_tino

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #23

    @Ponderous- Just been on the Demba twitter. There was a hilarious exchange between Demba and this guy who was trying to rinse him for pretending to be Demba- so he sent him that picture of him holding his twitter name. That shut him up!

  • achtoon

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #24

    Just as I postef earlier, the words didnt ring true. Manure wouldnt deal with agents that admitted they were tapping up players. As for krul, does anybody think MA lets anybody know how he values his players. Its not how a trader works. If he said 15m then he would probably accept 7m and nobody would let krul go for that. How much did the mackems pay for that keeper.

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 11, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #25


    Haha just seen it. Scroll a little further down and there’s this.

    Martin Shields @_M_artin_ 11h
    @dembabafoot your leaving apparently!
    Demba Ba @dembabafoot Close
    @_M_artin_ really? I didnt know. Hope you don’t throw me away!!!!!

    Posted 11 hours ago.

  • sheffwed4

    Jan 11, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Hi Wednesday fan here. I have seen all Taverniers games for us whilst on loan and he is a very good player. However when played at right back he tended to get caught in possession a lot and was easily muscled off the ball and was weak in the tackle (he was ripped to pieces by Gary Roberts a Huddersfield winger and we conceded two goals after him flapping a leg out in a challenge) It was clear however that he had pace to burn and would love to dribble through 1st divison sides at will. He was often found in opposing penalty areas after beating four or five men. It was obvious he would make a better winger than defender and so it proved, he was a revelation at winger for the two games he played there. Im sure in the prem he could play right back but in our hurly burly league he wasnt strong enough

  • martoon

    Jan 11, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #27

    Sheffwed4 – that seems a very good and fair report.
    It would surely make sense to keep hold of Tavernier at the moment because of the injury to Danny Simpson last Saturday. Presumably Raylor is first choice with Tavernier as cover.

  • stagman

    Jan 11, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #28

    If Dea Gea is worth 20m then Krul must be worth 35m tell heavy jowels to go and find his own players and not try and pinch ours.. annoying cockney wide boy

  • Lynxie

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #29

    excellent piece of info on a player we all have high hopes for. Interesting and honest opinion of how he appears (still) to be a little unprepared for the physical side of it, good to know, before we throw him in against prem wingers. A reality check for all of us that thought he might be ready to step up just now………..
    Thanks for that.


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