mkdons.com lists a few things you may not know about winger Marcus Tavernier, who has joined the Dons on loan until the end of the season...
Brother of a former Don
Does the name sound familiar? That would be because Marcus won’t be the first to Don the name ‘Tavernier’ on the back of a home shirt at Stadium MK.
Marcus is the younger brother of James Tavernier, who spent two months on loan with the Dons during the 2011/12 season.
The right-back, who is currently with Rangers, was a real hit in Milton Keynes and supporters will be hoping that Marcus his sibling can have a similar positive impact during his time at Stadium MK.
Scoring your first career goal is always a memorable moment but for it to be the winning goal in a derby against your local rivals – now that is special!
That was the case for Tavernier, who scored the decisive goal in Middlesbrough’s Tees-Wear derby victory over Sunderland back in November. The midfielder beat Black Cats goalkeeper Darren Randolph with a neat first-time finish from Martin Braithwaite’s cross.
Although most likely to be his favourite goal, it wasn’t Tavernier’s first senior finish. He has already netted twice for Boro – away at Cambridge United in the Checkatrade Trophy in October 2016 and away at AFC Bournemouth a year later in the Carabao Cup.
A bright Boro future
Tavernier is one of Middlesbrough’s hottest young talents and has been impressive ever since joining the Riverside club at the age of 14.
The energetic midfielder was a regular for the Under-18s after breaking into the side while he also represented Boro in the UEFA Youth League during the 2015/16 season.
The following campaign, Tavernier scored nine goals in 24 appearances for both the Under-18s and the Under-23s while also featuring for the first team on two occasions.
He made is breakthrough into the first team this season and played five times in the Sky Bet Championship prior to Christmas, including four starts. He also maintained his good form for the Under-23s with a standout moment being his hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Norwich City.
Tavernier will look to continue his impressive development at Stadium MK.
Inspiration from a pair of teammates
Not only did Tavernier have his brother to speak to about life at MK Dons but also two of his teammates at the Riverside Stadium.
Patrick Bamford and Lewis Baker both enjoyed fruitful loan spells at Stadium MK, with the former scoring 21 goals for the Dons and the latter contributing to the 2014/15 promotion.
Tavernier revealed in his interview with iFollow MK Dons that both players spoke highly of the Club and he also expressed his desire to emulate the duo’s success.
Another Young Lion
Tavernier joins Callum Brittain and Ike Ugbo to make it three England youth internationals amongst the Dons’ ranks.
He made his debut for the Under-19s against Czech Republic this past October and has since earned a further four international caps.
The aim for Tavernier will be to keep himself in the international fold by performing well during his time with the Dons.