We had reported earlier in the week how well James Tavernier is doing on loan at Rotherham United, and last Saturday he scored both goals in their good 2-1 home win against Bristol City, and both goals were scored from outside the penalty area.
James Tavernier - doing well at Rotherham
James has spent quite a bit of time over the last couple of years out on loan, and he’s also played at Gateshead, Carlisle United, Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons and Shrewsbury Town, and in total has made 73 appearances with five goals to go with his 10 appearances so far for Newcastle.
At Rotherham he has 21 appearances and five goals, and James had this to say in the local press today:.
“I’m really enjoying it here, and playing a lot more games than I’ve ever done.” “When I first played here and saw the stadium I thought ‘this will be a great experience’, and that’s been the case.”
“It has really helped my career, and I’ve shown what I can do.” “They are a great group of lads here and the manager puts faith in us, and we are playing with more and more confidence, which is good.”
“We are currently on a great run, and you can see that confidence throughout the side, but it won’t become over-confidence, and the gaffer will ensure we keep our feet on the ground.”
We had reported earlier today that Mathieu Debuchy’s future at the club is uncertain at best, so there will be every chance given to James in pre-season to show he can challenge for the right-back position at Newcastle.
If Debuchy does leave, Newcastle will bring in a replacement at right back, but with the right back spot at Newcastle uncertain, there is an opportunity for James to show he should be part of the first team squad at Newcastle in the final year of his three-year contract.
Mehdi Abeid – doing well at Panathinaikos
Alan Pardew will be assessing James in pre-season, as well as other players like Mehdi Abeid, who has done particularly well out on loan at Panathinaikos this season with 6 goals in 30 appearances for the Greek club.
It seems that Mehdi is finally showing the potential he has always had at Newcastle, since he signed on as a free agent from Lens, back in the summer of 2011.
Mehdi also spent some time on loan at St. Johnstone early last year, and played 12 games for the SPL club.
Both players will have a chance to impress Newcastle manager Alan Pardew in July.