There is nothing more frustrating than letting a talent slip through the cracks, and Newcastle United have been guilty of this more than most. When a club has been known to stick future all-time top scorers in goal when on trial, it’s fairly obvious that attention to detail is not a strong point.
It’s every Newcastle fan’s dream of playing for the club. When Aleksandr Mitrovic was unveiled to the masses last summer, he spoke of how this was the realisation of a lifelong ambition. Tugging at the heartstrings of his fellow Newcastle fans, this was a hymn sheet they could all sing off.
But there is a vast area of talent whose goal was similar to that of the Serbian’s, only for the club to fail to notice their abilities. They would go on to carve out careers elsewhere, making names for themselves with another, as others capitalised on Newcastle’s slowness of thought.
In the case of these players, it’s a damn shame that they never pulled on the famous black-and-white strip as they could have become Tyneside legends in the mould of former Newcastle fans Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley and… did someone say Steven Taylor?
Take a look at the nine boyhood Newcastle fans who wanted nothing more to play for the club…and yet never did.