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