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On Loan Newcastle Player Compared To David Beckham

8 years ago

Rotherham’s assistant manager, Paul Raynor, has likened James Tavernier to David Beckham, having observed the on loan Newcastle player’s dedication to perfecting his free-kicks in training. Raynor having been at Preston when Beckham was on loan from Manchester United in his younger days.

Tavernier, along with Curtis Good at Dundee United, have easily been the two most promising success stories of the Newcastle players who are out on loan, though to be fair there hasn’t been much competition. Conor Newton has put in another decent season at St.Mirren but it is already reported that he will leave United at the end of the season.

Paul Raynor;

“I see James out there training and he is working on his free-kicks all the time.

“When I was with David at Preston, I saw how hard he worked on them and how he was practising free-kicks all the time.

“Well I have seen James doing that and there are other people here wanting to do extra, there’s days when you’ve got to drag them off the training ground.

“Work hard, practice and you get your rewards.”

Interesting to hear what Raynor has to say about Tavernier and his work ethic.

It is very hard not to compare it with the current shambles at Newcastle and for fans to wonder just what is happening on the training ground, when  you see the regular disasters on match days.

With free-kicks and corners though this is not a new phenomenon at Newcastle, apart from Cabaye around the box and back when Ryan Taylor was taking them, the standard has been absolutely shocking for ages.

Recent times have seen a new low with first Davide Santon and then Paul Dummett given the responsibility and neither looking anywhere near capable.

I find it astonishing that we don’t have a single player, especially strikers/midfielders who can’t take a decent set-piece. This is surely something that can be put right, though as Rotherham’s assistant manager says; ‘Work hard, practice and you get your rewards.”


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