We’ve always thought that 20 year-old James Tavernier could be one for the future at Newcastle.
James Tavernier – look great in training
And it looks like since James returned from his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday last week, he’s looked very good in training, and in fact manager Pardew had said he’s looked brilliant.
James only returned from his loan spell at the Owls because manager Gary Megson was playing him out on the right wing, and Pardew wanted him to get first team experience at right back.
The Bradford-born defender went on loan spells last year to Gateshead (18), Carlisle United (17) and Sheffield Wednesday (8) and played 43 first team games, and the lad has obviously benefited greatly from that.
It also shows that Alan Pardew has the right idea by getting the youngsters out playing first team games at other clubs.
This is what Pardew said today:
“The highest compliment I can make is that he’s looked like Danny Simpson in training.” “He’s been brilliant, absolutely brilliant.”
“That loan period has done him the world of good.” “He’s come back looking really good for us.”
“With Davide Santon, Ryan Taylor, Danny and Shane Ferguson, we’re blessed with full-backs.”
“We’ve now got Tav too, so I will consider sending him out again.” “I think he’ll go to the Championship this time, and do well.”
We think James Tavernier can become a better right-back than Danny Simpson, but we’ll see how that develops, since Danny is still improving too.
James could be sent out on loan again this month, but it could be that Alan will keep him on Tyneside because of his good form, although Brighton & Hove Albion are said to be interested in taking James for the rest of the season.
Since we are okay for full-backs at the moment that may be the best course of action, but this lad will be challenging for a first team place next season, make no mistake about that, and remember that James looked very good on the American tour last summer.
James can play anywhere across the back four, but he’s 5ft 9.5ins tall and could be a little short for center-back – but yes we know all about the great Italian center-back Fabio Canavero, who is exactly the same height.
We’d like to see James go out on loan for the rest of the season, and he’ll definitely strengthen Newcastle’s squad next season, and in fact we’d like to see other top youngsters go out on loan too so they can better their game before next season.
20 year-old Shane Ferguson is one of those players, and maybe one of either Haris Vuckic or Mehdi Abeid could benefit from a loan spell at a Championship club.
For the record James Tavernier has played twice in the Newcastle first team so far.