In recent years, Newcastle United have really been able to show off some fantastic homegrown talent. Shola & Sammy Ameobi, Tim Krul, Steven Taylor and Shane Ferguson have all contributed to this successful season for the first team, and now we're left wondering who could be next in line for an appearance with the big lads.
Young fullback James Tavernier fits the bill, and after being recalled from his loan with the Milton Keynes Dons in April, he could be one to watch for next season.
The Bradford-born defender, who spent the first 8 years of his youth career with Leeds United, has impressed many with his work on loan at various clubs this past season, and he could be ready to do the same in a Newcastle shirt.
Defensive injuries have really hurt Newcastle this year, what with Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Danny Simpson and most prominently Steven Taylor all missing time.
With the prospect of a deep run in four different competitions next season, the quality depth that Tavernier could provide will be really useful. Danny Simpson could well be on his way out in the summer due to the stall in his contract negotiations, and Tavernier could eventually be a like-for-like replacement.
Though we’ve yet to see much of the young player, it’s safe to assume that based on the success of a number of our former academy players, he could be the next in line to make a splash in black and white – and with 42 loan appearances to his name now, it’s about time he got the chance.