Named in Top 50 teenagers in 2007, Newcastle misfit Henri Saivet now can't get a game under Benitez

Newcastle United's Senegalese midfielder Henri Saivet (C) controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park in...

Henri Saivet was once touted for stardom at Bordeaux.

Bordeaux's French forward Henri Saivet (L), vies with Auxerre's Cameroonian midfielder Georges Mandjeck during the French L1 football match Auxerre vs Bordeaux on May 7, 2012 at the Abbe...Henri Saivet (L) in action for Bordeaux

Whilst many players who are tipped for stardom live up to their potential, such as Neymar and Dele Alli, some players aren't quite so fortunate.

The likes of Freddy Adu and Kerlon are just two players who were tipped for the top, but quickly fell by the wayside once they hit their 20's and were forced to contribute more substance than skill.

Lists of the top young talents in the world are published every year though, and many find it fascinating to look back at the success or failure of those suggestions.

Newcastle United's Senegalese midfielder Henri Saivet (C) controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park in...

Ten years ago his week, World Soccer published a list of the top 50 teenagers at the time, which a number of hits and misses to look back on 10 years later.

Gareth Bale, Sergio Aguero, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Alexis Sanchez are among the success stories, but Newcastle United's Henri Saivet is one player whose career hasn't quite lived up to the hype.

Saivet was with Bordeaux at the time of his inclusion in the list, emerging as a talented young forward with the French club having hit 17 goals in 36 caps for France at youth level.

Saint-Etienne's French midfielder Henri Saivet reacts after losing a goal during the French L1 Football match between AS Saint-Etienne and Lorient FC on February 12, 2017, at the Geoffroy...

However, 10 years on, Saivet is now a central midfielder turning out for Senegal at international level, and he has yet to make a single league appearance for Newcastle this season as he struggles to receive any sort of playing time under Rafael Benitez.

Once touted as a dangerous, pacy forward, Saivet's career is flagging at Newcastle, and whilst a move back to France could give him more playing time, he seems destined not to live up World Soccer's billing back in 2007.

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