James Tavernier is highly thought of at Newcastle.
James Tavernier – while on loan at Carlisle
James has set the example for other Newcastle youngsters, by playing on loan at Gateshead, Carlisle, Sheffield Wednesday and the MK Dons, and he has improved his game considerably over the last 15 months, by playing 50 games on loan.
James was recalled from his loan at Mk Dons when Colo and other players got injured a few weeks ago, and it was also a chance to bring the Bradford-born player back into the fold this season.
The 20 year-old is highly rated by Alan Pardew, and he could be challenging for a first team right-back spot next season.
James is also very ambitious, and he was pleased to get the call to come back to Tyneside from Alan Pardew:
“It shows faith from the manager and I appreciate being called back.” “One of the main reasons I got a recall to come back was because of the injuries.”
“I was happy to get the call.” “It means I have a chance to be involved in the remaining games.” “I want to play games and be involved in the team.” “Hopefully I can do that.”
“I know the Champions League is there.” “It’s not something we’d talked about as a target this season.” “But we are going to have a go.” “We’ll see where that brings us.”
“We are in a fantastic position in the table and it’s great to see Newcastle up there with the other great teams.” “The lads have done very well this season and you can’t fault them.”
“The new signings they’ve bought in have been good in every way, it’s been an excellent season.”
James has always looked a good player as he’s been coming through the ranks at Newcastle since 2008, when he signed on from Leeds United, whom he joined as a 9 year-old back in 2000.
There’s some doubts about whether current first choice right-back Danny Simpson will be at the club next season, since he has continually refused to sign a new deal at the club.
But when James returned from his loan spell in February from Sheffield Wednesday, before going out to MK Dons, Pardew said there was little difference in the play of Simpson and Tavernier in training.
That should give James some hope that he can even break into the first team next season at Newcastle.
We hope he can, and add to the two appearances he has so far made for Newcastle.