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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