They say you should never go back, and that’s exactly what Newcastle must do with James Tavernier.
According to the Daily Mail, the Magpies are interesting in signing the Rangers captain, who could be available for a rather reasonable £8 million.
Tavernier has had an impressive few years at Ibrox, and is a far cry from the player Newcastle let go in 2014. The right-back made just two Premier League appearances for the Magpies, having arrived in 2008 as a youth player.
But Tavernier didn’t end up making the grade at Newcastle, joining Wigan in 2014 then Rangers just a year later.
He’s enjoyed four seasons in Glasgow, barely missing a game. At 27, Tavernier is a much more mature player than the one that wasn’t up to standard at Newcastle.
But that doesn’t mean we should bring him back. Steve Bruce definitely needs to upgrade his options at fullback, but Tavernier is no better than what we already have.
In DeAndre Yedlin and Javi Manquillo, we have two players with Premier League experience who are just about passable in the top flight. If we’re signing a right-back, they need to be a lot better than those two.
Tavernier isn’t. While he’s done brilliantly for Rangers and is now a leader for Steven Gerrard, he’s not going to improve Bruce’s options at the back.
While £8 million he isn’t a massive amount of money, it’s money that could be put to better use.