James Tavernier The Pick Of The Youngsters So Far?

The really bright spot for Newcastle so far in pre-season is the performance of a number of the top youngsters on Tyneside, with players like James Tavernier, Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana and Sammy Ameobi all looking good in the pre-season games.

James Tavernier – has been impressive in pre-season

And the news yesterday was that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will use the top youngsters in the Europa league this season, as well as fringe players like Shola Ameobi and Dan Gosling, so most players in the squad should get playing time in the coming season.

And it’s hardly surprising that other clubs, mainly in the Championship, would be more than willing to take any of those players on loan, but it looks like Alan Pardew will resist that temptation, with the youngsters needed to help Newcastle this season.

This is what Alan told the Newcastle Journal today:

“The young players are another year down the line – the likes of Tav – James Tavernier –  and Sammy Ameobi in particular.”  “Those two have been outstanding. Mehdi got his first goal for the club and Haris showed his quality.”

“They’re the players that this tour is all about.”  “The senior players are ahead of the game.”  “But the younger players are showing they have the quality to play here.”

Cardiff City want to take Haris Vuckic on loan again, after he impressed with them when he went on loan for a couple of months last season, but Haris was then recalled by the Newcastle manager to fortify the Newcastle squad for the run-in to the season.

There will be a number of clubs interested in Tavs, since he has starred out on loan at Gateshead, Carlisle United, Sheffield Wednesday and the MK Dons over the last eighteen months, and now he seems to be starring for Newcastle in pre-season.

And don’t forget this lad, who is still only 20, played really well on tour last summer in America, so we would have to say that James has been the pleasant surprise so far this summer, although it’s hardly a surprise really.

And Gael Bigirimana looks like a great player in the making, and on Saturday he came on for Cheick Tiote in that second half against Fenerbahce,  and Newcastle didn’t seem to miss a beat, and that reflects well on the 18 year-old, who looks like he could turn out be a fantastic signing for the Magpies.

So it’s all very positive so far this summer with our youngsters – and that Youth Policy Mike Ashley put in place over four years ago, seems to be paying off.

What do you think?

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23 comments so far

  • pardews plan B

    Jul 23, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    The questions are:
    are we looking for a fullback?
    will Simpson stay?
    Will tavern step up to bench or first team?
    I think yes, no, bench.
    Even if simmo leaves and we don’t sign a fullback i can see raylor playing rb

  • keeping the faith

    Jul 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    About time we saw some promising youngsters breaking into the 1st team. Just need to debuchy, a striker and another dm then look forward to another good season

  • Markaccus

    Jul 23, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    So, I was in greggs at the haymarket the other day, and this bloke, wearing a Liverpool shirt, told me he has it on good authority that AC AND enrique are coming back to toon, because they prefer the coffee shops here. He says he heard it from the bloke who cleans the bins at anfield, who heard it from the tramp who’s always there begging for 20p forra cuppa, lah. It was this seasons shirt, so he must know the truth!

  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Wow markaccus. When is this gonna happen? I might take a while to reply, I’m off out to get my new shirt with Enrique on the back.

  • pardews plan B

    Jul 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Markaccus that is definitely true. I hear a lot of transfer news is broken that way

  • roe997

    Jul 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    we dnt need a dm imo.we have tiote gael perch abeid and gosling.we need debuchy douglas and a strker.possibly a anouther winger come striker type like remy or beramhi.

  • pardews plan B

    Jul 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    I heard the actual reason they want to come back is because they miss the pubs on shields road. The raby in particular

  • markmac

    Jul 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    so far i think tav has done well at CB but when we meet ”tall” sides is when he’ll struggle there i think because he’s not less than 6”, im excited by bigirimana, looks similar style to tiote already….give him a year playing with him day in day out….and imagine how good he could be! gosling has looked decent, sammy looks dangerous but vuckic looks lacking in confidence to me…. all IMO of cause

  • Brutooon

    Jul 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Tavernier need several first team appearances this season

    Sammy,Vuckic got lots of em

  • keeping the faith

    Jul 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Sorry I meant cb not dm but yeah our new striker would have to be one that can play a winger role that’s why I wouldn’t go for Andy Carroll cos that means we would have 3 static target mean for strikers in ameobi, ba and carrol

  • geordiesteve520

    Jul 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    I think that we have a fair few hyoungsters ready for the next step and that excites me. Have a slight concern over Gosling in that he was far and away the best player on our American tour last year and then just faded back in to obscurity. I am struggling to remember if he got I muted to cause this but he really needs to kick on and show just what a cracking player he is/can become.

  • geordiesteve520

    Jul 23, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Damn reductive iPad, meant injured not I muted?!?!

  • geordiesteve520

    Jul 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Also just seen it will cost about £13 million for Lewandowski, why not stick in a cheeky bid, even if it does nothing but drive the price up for others.

  • TorqToon

    Jul 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    A-fit makes him sound like he should belong to a US gangster rap group!

    I like Alfi – I say let’s crack on with that!

    I too enjoyed the “BBQ story” – the problem is even if it had any truth in it…there’s so many ITK’s that come and go on this blog that they lose credibility!

  • kilcline

    Jul 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    I am really disappointed we have not got Hoilett, he would fit the 4-3-3 system perfectly, if he goes to QPR then a knee ligament injury is too good for him.

    I still think we should get Adam Johnson in for c£10m and then Debuchy and Anita and that would be a excellent window. Bigi is going to play alot next season, lad is a beast.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #17


    Lets just hope if Simmo does leave that we sign a new fullback 😉

    I am not going into this season with Raylor at RB or Perch for that matter in CB!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #18

    Jesper…Wouldn’t it be something if people missed Simpson?

  • WorJordi

    Jul 23, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #19

    Hows about Malfi
    We could then sing
    Whats it all about…………..Malfi?

  • WorJordi

    Jul 23, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #20

    We will make a signing that allof us are gonna be truly shocked about. Its coming… None of us know anyhting about who we are after. It’ll just happen and we will all be going like ….Wow never expected him….

  • Sav

    Jul 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #21

    Bigrimana is Cheick Lite. Doing really well. And with Simmo reluctant and the Debuchy deal becoming a saga, Tavs could save the club at RB this season imo.

  • nufc 11

    Jul 23, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #22

    As i siad before we dont need a RB in Debuchy we would be better spending 7-8mill on a LB Taylor frm swans looks like a good player in the making, I am sure with our scouting network we can find one other than that id keep the money in the bank, for the right player for the right amount in Jan maybe.

  • toonincheek

    Jul 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #23

    Maybe the plan would be to use Tav when the opposition has small nippy forwards, and Tayls when the opposition forwards are big and strong.


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