20 year-old James Henry Tavernier has so so far played 51 games in his fledgling football career.
Charlton’s Johnnie Jackson and MK Dons’ James Tavernier fight for the ball
But only two of them are with Newcastle, and he has racked up the rest on loan at Gateshead (18), Carlisle United (17), Sheffield Wednesday (8)and MK Dons (6), where he is currently out on loan with Alan Smith.
James has given a long interview to the local press today, and we get some idea of the ambitions of the 20 year-old Bradford-born youngster.
This is some of what James had to say today:
“My main aim is still to play in the first team and that is what I want to be doing as soon as possible.” “The more I impress the manager the more chance I have of getting into that team.”
Fabricio Coloccini, Tim Krul and Ryan Taylor have all signed long term deals to stay on Tyneside.
When he came back from his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday he really impressed manager Alan Pardew who said he looked the same as Danny Simpson, Newcastle’s current right back.
The mature young Yorkshireman was asked if he’s like to sign a new deal to stay on Tyneside:
“Definitely, that is where I see myself.” “When I was younger that is why I came to the club.” “Hopefully, I can fulfil that soon.”
“That is the aim – I want to be here in the long-term.” “I want to play in the first team at Newcastle.”
“It would great to see the lads get in Europe and be involved in that.” “I would love to think I could be involved in that next season.”
“Playing every week is what I have always wanted to do.” “Going out on loan has given me the chance to do that.” “It is the key for me to get more games and more experience.”
“This is my fourth time on loan and they have all been different experiences.” “Hopefully all of those experiences come together and it comes out in my game.”
“Then the manager can see it comes out, the performances get better and I become a better player.” “The loans have been great for me.” “Everything is going great for me at the moment and hopefully I can push on.”
James is currently at the MK Dons with Alan Smith, and he has so far appeared 6 times at the club, who are the old Wimbledon side that former Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear used to manage.
They moved the old Wimbledon club from Croydon, and then renamed the club to MK Dons, which upset a number of fans, which is hardly surprising.
That’s all in the past now of course, and MK Dons are currently 5th top of League One with 68 points, and in a promotion play-off position, but still 7 points off an automatic promotion place.
James talked about being at the Dons:
“I settled in really well and straight away.” “I got a place down there so I am settled which is good.”
“MK Dons have made me feel really welcome and with Alan Smith being there too is great because it is a person I already knew.”
“Smudger has bags of experience.” “You could not get a better person to look up to.” “He gives you great advice and I can talk to him anytime I want.”
“It is really good to have him down there with me.”
James is good enough to even win the right back spot from Danny Simpson in August, if Simpson is still a Newcastle player by then, because the word is the former Manchester United defender will be sold if he still refuses to pen his new Newcastle deal in the summer.
Don’t be surprised if James Tavernier comes through big time for Newcastle next season, and remember, he was impressive in Newcastle’s American tour last summer.