Top Newcastle Youngster Only Too Willing To Learn The Game

James Tavernier was caught out a few times in the game last night by Denis Epstein, and he was at fault for the goal Newcastle conceded, but the 20 year-old will learn from these types of games and become a better player for it – that’s what you have to do to become a better player when you are still learning the game.

James Tavernier in action last night

James played over 50 times out on loan in the last eighteen months, and is a better player for it, but it looks like Alan Pardew will now keep the Bradford-born youngster on Tyneside for the season, and play him in the Europa league games – at least.

James was interviewed after the game on the Newcastle web-site, and to his credit he seems keen to learn what he can from last night’s game:

“I’ll go away and I’ll get a copy of the game and I’ll look through it and analyse myself,” t”And I’ll pick out the points where I can improve through the game. I’ll go away and just have a look.”  “I’m really honored to have played in Europe and hopefully I’ll get better and better from here.”  

“Obviously it’s a much higher level than I’ve been used to. In the European game, there are different types of players that you come up against so it’s always a new experience to come up against them.”  “But I really enjoy coming up against different players so I’m pleased about the performance and I’m pleased about the result of the team.”

“We dominated the game.”  “We passed the ball more – that’s what were doing this year, we’re passing the ball more as you can see – and Ryan Taylor’s free-kick was just great to get us back into the game.”  “We want to progress as far as we can in this tournament – and even win the tournament – and this is a good result to come away from here with a draw.”

“And when we go back to our stadium, we can hopefully get the result that we want.”

This was Tavernier’s third senior appearance for Newcastle,  and of course the first time he has ever played in Europe. with his two previous games being in the Carling Cup, away to Peterborough and Accrington Stanley a couple of years ago.

Alan Pardew also tied the youngster down to a new three year contract in the summer, and the manager rates this lad very highly, and James will learn an awful lot if he keeps playing in the Europa League this season, and maybe in the Capital One Cup and FA Cup too.

The Europa League is a great opportunity for some of the top Newcastle youngsters to gain valuable playing experience, and make rapid improvement at Newcastle.

And that’s what we are hoping will happen with James this season – he’s certainly got the skill, potential and attitude to become a Newcastle regular at right back in the future.

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76 comments so far

  • alkinou

    Aug 24, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed’s on fire so I’ll repost :
    Don’t you think that even if he played today, Cisse’s still capable of playing on saturday?

    I know the two matches are close but they are professional athletes, shouldn’t they be capable of playing two games in quick succession once in a while?

  • dmac

    Aug 24, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Showed in my opinion that he isnt ready just yet to replace simmo. But then ive always been a big fan of simmo. Given time its clear to see this lad will progress.

  • Spuggy

    Aug 24, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Cisse can still play as an impact sub on the weekend, with a 451 (Ba) switching to 433 (Ba, HBA and Cisse if we need a goal in the 2nd half.

  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 24, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah he should do – hardly exerted himself tonight did he? (cisse I mean in response to previous post) actually felt like he was one of the players not pushing themselves tonight. Marv and obertan being the other two.

    Happy with the blooding in of the second team tho and I’m sure they’ll get job done back here

  • Kyo

    Aug 24, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Hope we win on Saturday. Hazard is going to be a handful.

    Hopefully Pards knows which formation to put out. What did we use against them last season? 4-4-2 or 4-3-3?

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 24, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Pardew seemed to get his approach just about right -play mostly second string players and get a result which they did. Not the best game in the world -but the temperature must have been a factor during the game. Good “blooding” of some of the youngsters which should make them hungry for more. A couple of mature players who again did not excel, I repeat who AGAIN did not excel. If you are not producing the goods time after time, chance after chance there can only be one answer -bye bye. So it seems The Pusher has got a reasonable result tonight and kept the bulk of the first team fit and not tired for the Chelsea game. As the EL progresses and teams get better his team choice will have to improve.
    Suggested link for Pardews song:-
    (Steppenwolf playing The Pusher in clip from Easy Rider)

  • cndrbrown

    Aug 24, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #7

    cissoko to valencia for 6 million euro 🙁 how the hell did we let him slip through

  • hoppernufc

    Aug 24, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Can’t believe how many people say obertan just needs some confidence, what a load of shit he’s been at the biggest club in the world and played with the biggest players in the world and is probably picking up 20+k a week and he has no confidence to cross a ball? Seriously people who say that need to take a look at themselves also if he can’t do the basic things now when he’s 23 hell never be able to do them!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 24, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t know about you lads but I am itching to see more from Adam Campbell. That lil’ kid looks like he’ll be a handful with his pace, touch and vision. Great potential to be a star it’s so exciting. He obviously needs a lot of practice and is very raw but the signs are there. It would be a disaster if we don’t progress into the EL proper and Campbell could make a name for himself in the cup, who knows?

  • kevymartins

    Aug 24, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Ruddy said in another post about a poster who had the excact same username. strange considering you can only use a user name once

  • geordiegav1987

    Aug 24, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #11

    we should play a stronger team next thursday because if we don’t get through to the group stages its gonna be a big slap in the face for the lads who got us this far, not to mention unfare to the fringe players to be heaped with the responsibility of qualifieing and a huge knock to there confidence if we don’t qualifie, which this early in the season could be a recipe for disaster as it seems we’ll be relying on them a lot this season if the transfer window ends like this. when I heard there’d been a defensive howler I fully expected to hear williamson mentioned lol

  • poon army

    Aug 24, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #12


    I think we let him slip through because he has been absolutely awful for Lyon for the last 2 seasons.

  • Brutooon

    Aug 24, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Tavernier mistake which lead to that GOAL !!

    he will learn from it

  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 24, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #14

    poon army

    glad someone else has said it…cissokho has been awful

    on another note, anyone else think we should play guti at RB on saturday to keep hazard quiet? People will moan about the WC i’m sure but he wasn’t ‘shocking’ at all in the WC. That’d give us anita, tiote and cabaye in the middle. i think this would be a pretty solid team for chelsea:


  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 24, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Simpson is better than Tavernier

  • r and r

    Aug 24, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    Comment #16

    Canny team selection Matty.
    I would have Simmo RB and Jonas LM instead of Marveaux.
    Chelsea looked vulnerable in defence , HBA can exploit this.
    2-1 Toon

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 24, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    Comment #17


    I kind of agree with u. Obertan has really been pants and yesterday game sums him up. But I do think this will be his last season with us before we replace him in the the first team with amalfitano.

    We should get about 2.5million for him.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 24, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Contain hazard is anyway anyhow and we might get something out of Chelsea.

  • stk85

    Aug 24, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #19

    hba–jonas–mr. t–cabs–raylor



  • r and r

    Aug 24, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #20

    I must admit that when we first signed Obertan I was excited and having watched him at Man U I knew he had pace.But for us I think he tries to achieve the impossible. ie the quick burst of speed and he heads for goal but he lacks vision .
    He needs to keep it simple ,short pass and move on.Then collect and cross.
    He can do it. He just needs more time and opportunity .

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 24, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #21

    Kevy…never the less it is true; we have purple Ruddy who’s Ruddy Giz and we have the green one who is Ruddy Jiz 😉

    That’s the situation and the last one is annoying as hell!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 24, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #22

    Was always dubious about Obertan and its nothing to do with the shape of his head,Fergie doesn’t normally let a player he rates go cheap unless he’s got a good reason.

  • nickyeoyc

    Aug 24, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #23

    what happen to simpson? i tot he was with the team at europe..

  • stu.toon

    Aug 24, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Last night for me shows our squad depth isn’t as quality as what people seem to thinkers is.

  • stu.toon

    Aug 24, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #25

    Last night for me shows our squad depth isn’t as quality as what people seem to think it is.

  • Szarka

    Aug 24, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #26

    Stu.toon: Agreed.

    We need a FB and a CB for replacements, and also a striker. Couldnt see much from Campbell, maybe next time.

  • davybtoon

    Aug 24, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #27

    Ffs get off obertans back, one fergie does let players leave cheap forlan n piqué 2 examples, he’s a really good player n he does lack confidence n dosent help the idiots groaning when he gets the ball, he can’t win when he dosent go past his man ppl moan sayibg takehim on, when he passes ppl moan saying go past ya man fans hav made him scapegoat n for no reason what soever, fans backed him instead of moaning u would see a vast improvement

  • stu.toon

    Aug 24, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #28

    Szarka….I agree we need at least 3 more players. Maybe could get away without the strikers till Jan but our defense needs bolstering.

  • davybtoon

    Aug 24, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #29

    Last nyt was a great result IMO n a decent display yet armchair fans see player once n writing him off in tavernier he made 3/4 mistakes but was solid apart from that, think ppl were expecting us take them apart in that heat never gonna happen but I bet the same team will at sjp

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 24, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #30

    stu.toon // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    Last night for me shows our squad depth isn’t as quality as what people seem to think it is.


    First european action for alot of youngsters in the blistering heat and you have already concluded our depth isn’t quality? lol. aside from Obertan whom i feel we should just cash in on and replace with another youngster perhaps?, the rest are fine.

  • Szarka

    Aug 24, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #31

    Well, if Cissé or Ba injured, we can play 4-3-3.
    But an Fb is really needed, thats our weakness, even with Santon or Simpson, they are not as good as Colo or Taylor. Surelly will be but not now. Santon mostly cant get back after an attack, same with Danny.

  • stu.toon

    Aug 24, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #32

    Davybtoon this is 3 or 4 mistakes against a side that was lucky to finish 4th in the Greek league. And who lost their best players afterwards. Not premiership standard our fringe players are def not strong enough yet.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 24, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #33

    Jesper…..I’m back! By some miracle, here I am.

    Kevy…..It shouldn’t be able to happen, but we’ve seen it on more than one occasion, do you not remember the scouser rat copying people a couple of months back?

    Szarka….Couldn’t see much from Campbell? In 10 minutes he covered as much ground as those playing the whole game (maybe a slight over exaggeration). Kid has some speed on him that’s for sure. He was isolated up top, but you can see with proper service he has something to offer. Well, imo anyway.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 24, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #34

    Rise and shine Magpie fans…It’s a brand new day and what a day it is 😉

    We are in a good place EL-wise and if our injuries and not to bad then I think we could have a great side against Chelski 🙂

    The important thing now is to qualify for the group stages and if we do I think Pardew will strengthen 🙂 we do lack some options and some quality in certain areas.

    Cheer up people 🙂 and maybe start day with a Stevie Wonder song or even a Lionel Richie song…whatever get you going 😉 lol

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 24, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #35

    Ibiza…that’s good my friend 😉 did you remember to start the day with a Stevie Wonder song? 😉

  • davybtoon

    Aug 24, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #36

    Stu do u kno anything about European compition there is no easy games away from home n tavernier is 20year old playing only his 3rd senior game for us in blistering heat n u hav writing him off

  • Szarka

    Aug 24, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #37

    Ilovetoon: They better develop, because it will only be harder. Stronger opponents, more matches. We have 7 days till end of transfer window, if we say it in October, damn he was right our squad isnt big enough, what can AP do? Cant buy the needed FB or CB, if we have 2 or 3 injuries.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 24, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #38

    Jesper…As always, as always 🙂

    On Tav, he made a few mistakes, but is going to. Hence why he’s not quite ready to dislodge Simmo on a permanent basis in the PL. He showed some good parts to his game too and clearly noticed he needs to take a look at where he needs to improve.

    Pardew has said PL is priority, other comps will be used for rotation etc until / if we get to an advanced stage then we will probably see more emphasis put in to that competition.

    Still think we’re trying to bring in more bodies, but they wont over pay for said players, or what the board perceive a over pay.

  • davybtoon

    Aug 24, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #39

    Another thing that am sick of ppl saying about obertan his crosses, tell me a winger in our team that’s better at crossing than obertan n fact is u can’t why bcoz there all awful at it they do little dink balls that the keepers collect or they all hit the first man so don’t blame obertan when hba n jonas are just as bad at it

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 24, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #40

    ..and why by miracle mate? 😉

    by the way is it nice to be back in a house with AC? 😉 …I can tell you the summer is long gone here and I don’t think it is coming back anytime soon 🙁


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