Youngster Wants To Start Every Game – Is Compromise Possible?

Alan Pardew will need to make some decision on James Tavernier this summer, and certainly as we heard this morning Rotherham manager Steve Evans wants to keep him at Rotherham – either on loan or a permanent deal.

james tavernier with fans after rotherham recah wembley

James Tavernier – celebrates with Millers’ fans
After reaching the Championship play-off final at Wembley

And he’s been a fan favorite at Rotherham with his five goals in 28 appearances for the Millers, and he was in good form again on Sunday at Wembley, when Rotherham won the play-off final against Leyton Orient on penalties, after drawing 2-2 after 90 minutes and after extra time –  and yes – he put his penalty away in masterful style.

This is what James has said in the Chronicle today:

“It all comes down to Newcastle and Rotherham.” “And if anything can be done.” “I’ve loved it here.” “The fans have been terrific, I’d love it – to move to Rotherham.¨

“The Championship is a great level and it can only progress me even more.¨ “If I have to go to the Championship to get regular football then yeah, I will do it.” “I’ve got a year left.¨

“I just have to see what happens in the summer.¨ “I’ve been at Newcastle a long time so I need to have a conversation with Newcastle.¨ “And see what has to be said.¨

“I’ll just take it from there.” “I want to be a regular starter.¨ “I want to start every game.¨ “That’s why I came here to Rotherham. “They put faith in me and I’ve paid it back to them.”

Those are good comments from James, and here’s a player who simply wants to play football every week – whatever that level is given the skills and capabilities he has – and you cannot argue too much with that approach.

Tavernier has been given some chances at Newcastle by Alan Pardew, but that was when he played 8 times in the successful 2011-2012 season, but it’s hard for him to start at Newcastle at right-back, with French International Mathieu Debuchy one of our best players.

Maybe a good compromise for next season is to let James go out on loan to Rotherham for the full season, and then see how he does – he will then become a free agent next summer – but Rotherham will still need to pay Newcastle some compensation, because he’s been brought through the Newcastle Youth system.

Its obvious from his very good form at Rotherham this year, that James has a good career ahead of him in football. and the only question is whether that will be in the Premier League or not, and with Newcastle United or not.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.