Newcastle United’s academy has produced some fine players for the first-team over the years, including current midfielder Sean Longstaff.
In addition, the likes of Steven Taylor, Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi all played for the Magpies after coming through the youth ranks.
However, not every player who has had a successful career after playing in the academy in Tyneside managed to make it whilst they were at Newcastle.
One player with whom the club had a shocker was right-back James Tavernier, who has exploded since leaving the club as a youngster.
Transfermarkt claim that he joined Wigan for a meagre fee of £90k in the summer of 2014. He spent one year with the Latics before signing for Scottish giants Rangers, where he was valued at £315k during his first season at Ibrox.
Over the subsequent six-and-a-half years, the 6 foot machine has racked up 330 competitive appearances for the Light Blues in all competitions. He has scored a whopping 75 goals and provided 104 assists for the club, all whilst playing at right-back.
This shows that he has come on leaps and bounds since he was initially valued at £90k by the Newcastle board. He has been consistently superb for the Scottish champions over the course of a number of years, as shown by his statistics, and he has earned plenty of acclaim along the way.
Former Gers head coach and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard previously heaped praise on the defender, saying: “I think Tav is someone who, when he goes through the gears, is unstoppable, and we have seen that, or flashes of that so far this season. I think he is really close to being at his best.”
“Tav is a huge player. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves I don’t think from our own supporters or the credit he deserves from outside.
“I think he needs to go and win something as a captain and a leader to really get the credit he deserves, but to see him on a daily basis, I am certainly someone who really appreciates him for us.”
At the time of writing (09/03/2022), Transfermarkt value Tavernier at £6.3m. This is a sensational 6,900% increase on the £90k for which he reportedly departed the Magpies back in 2014.
Therefore, the Toon missed out on a major payday in comparison to what they got for selling him to Wigan, whilst also missing out on his talents at right-back. His ability to score and set up goals on a regular basis could have been useful for Newcastle over the years.
Instead, they got a mere £90k and Rangers ended up with a brilliant player further down the line, which is why the Tyneside club had a shocker with this particular academy product.