As we’ve said before James Tavernier will have a very good career in football ahead of him, and over the last three years he’s spent a lot of time on loan at other clubs gaining first team experience, and they have included clubs like Gateshead, Carlisle United, Sheffield Wednesday, Milton Keynes Dons, Shrewsbury Town and this year he’s played very well at Rotherham, and helped them get promoted to the Championship, in their second successive promotion under manager Steve Evans.
James Tavernier – at Rotherham last season
It’s likely that Newcastle will let James move on in the summer, although not certain, and he still has one year left on his Newcastle contract.
Rotherham would love to sign the 22 year-old permanently, but Huddersfield Town in the Championship have also registered an interest in taking the Bradford born right-back to Yorkshire.
But now Wigan, who reached the Championship play-offs last season, and were only just beaten by QPR after extra time in the second leg, are also coming in for the Newcastle defender.
And new German manager Uwe Rosler has transformed the team since he joined them last December, when he replaced Owen Coyle, and he is now working on building the side this summer for a promotion push next season.
And of course Wigan have parachute payments from the Premier League, so the Lancashire club are fairly well off financially – at least for a Championship club.
During all his loan spells James has made 80 first team appearances with 5 goals, and he has made 10 appearances for the Newcastle first team.
Alan Pardew will no doubt want to take a close look at the player in pre-season, to see how much he’s progressed, but James wants to play first team football, so maybe the best deal for Newcastle is to send him out on a season-long loan deal to a Championship club.
In that way we could still offer him new terms if he keeps improving, as he obviously did last season at Rotherham, where he played 28 times and scored five goals, and received some rave reports.
What do you think?