Steven Taylor finally showing his true promise

Thumbs up to our start to the season!
Steven Taylor has spoken to the press about grasping his chance to become a permanent fixture in the heart of the Newcastle defence.

Around twelve months ago, his future was in doubt. Steven Taylor was out injured and was subsequently placed on the transfer list with his previous contract deal nearing completion. The contract dispute was resolved and he put pen to paper on a contract extension that goes up to 2016.

Under Alan Pardew he had become a regular fixture in the backline but that was ended when he became injured on the 5th January. He did return to the defence when Mike Williamson was out of the side due to injury and during those games he scored in all of three of his starts.

So far this season Steven Taylor has played in all four matches, and with Mike Williamson injured for up to seven weeks Taylor and Captain Colo are the only recognised central defenders that Alan Pardew has at his disposal. The disappearance of Tamas Kadar from the squad raises questions about who will cover the pairing if they become injured but Taylor sees this situation as an opportunity.

The Whitley Bay lad has been dogged by knee and shoulder problems in previous seasons and is now hoping to put those behind him. He has admitted that he is at his fittest and strongest for some time. I’ve certainly noticed that since he has been under Pardew’s tenure, he has lost weight and gained some muscle!

Taylor commented; “I’m just happy to be playing, the more games you play, the more confident you get. Last season was frustrating for me with injuries. I got a little run at the end of the season, but now I’ve had a few games in pre-season.”

Clearly Taylor is pleased to be a part of the squad and is regularly playing for the team. His presence in both boxes will be key for us this season. His goals in the last three fixtures of last season showed that he is capable of contributing goals to the side.

Saylor reflected on the start to the season that Newcastle have had; “We got great results against Arsenal, Sunderland and Fulham. We’ve got to build on that now and keep it going.”

It is clear that several members in the team are now focussing on pushing on and building on the start to the season that we have had.

Taylor concluded by airing his admiration of the job done by Pardew and his team so far: “It’s down to a lot of hard work. The coaching staff and manager have been absolutely spot-on. I’ve been working hard and that’s all I can do. I’ve got to keep going.”

Steven Taylor seems like he wants to help carry this team forward and it is evident that he and the team have been working hard in order to keep this momentum going.

Keep it up Steven!

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82 thoughts on “Steven Taylor finally showing his true promise

  1. Steven Taylor is the perfect foil to Colloccini. He has the strength that Collo and Williamson sometimes lack. It’s not like he even gets hurt because he has the prescence that strikers see him coming and get out the way. Terry does it as well. It’s almost like a ‘go in half-hearted and get hurt, or go in properly and see what they’re made of’ thing. Last season against Blackburn both Williamson and Collo were muscled off the ball by a striker who then scored. Taylor puts an end to that sort of thing. His positional sense is improved as well and I wonder if Cappello was at the Fulham game to see Taylor. Now that Ferdinand seems to have gone and Terry is getting on it could be a possibility; IF he can keep up his recent form. I was really impressed with Cahill. He is like a silky, assured Italian defender. Maybe he could be the Coloccini to partner Taylor for England in the coming years.


  2. I find it hard to understand how most on here are giving Saylor credit and considering whether Capello has been taken note. Compared to Stardust who rants and raves about him being a horrendous player.

    It makes me take a long hard look at Stardusts credibility. The fact he started off the pro Ashley campaign on here and for for many months it became almost a sycophant crusade.
    Then came the sacking of Hughton and he suddenly ditched his little red bus and burnt it in public and demanded to be let on board the reality train.
    Only weeks later, the red bus was back on the road with a new lick of paint and he was again professing his undying love to Ashley.

    His actions speak volumes regarding his mental state and his reliability to make sound judgements.

    Getting back to my point. I don’t think Saylor is England class but I certainly don’t think he is anywhere near as bad as Stardusts opinion of him.

    My conclusion is that anything Stardust says on here should be instantly dismissed as cuckoo talk.

    You there stardust? Cuckoo Cuckoo. 


  3. My God!

    To say Taylor and Colo are a great partnership is a nonsense. Colo is a genius, Taylor is a little dog chasing a stick, jumping here, jumping there, last ditch tackles everywhere.

    Colo will hate playing with Taylor, CBs need to know where their partner is, Taylor doesn’t care or hold position. He creates his own image and ‘great last challenges’ because he caused them. They aren’t needed or necessary with great players. Think of Vidic and Ferdinand. Think of a partnership of Colo and Woodgate.

    Taylor is poor, he is currently afforded more luxury by a great defensive midfield. Which tightens up the space between the back line and mid. When we play expansive teams he will be exposed again – the whole back line will look terrible – but it will be ‘Simpsons’ fault.

    Taylor is a poor poor player. I’d love him to have a great season or two and prove me wrong, I mean that but I just can’t see it happening.


  4. B+B – lol – I think I mustnt have spoken much that game as Taylor was playing – think I held my breath for 96 minutes – a world record to this day 😆


  5. Troy
    “Getting back to my point. I don’t think Saylor is England class but I certainly don’t think he is anywhere near as bad as Stardusts opinion of him.”

    Agree, Taylor isn’t England quality, but he is certainly better than Williamson, and I think the only reason he isn’t up to scratch positionally is because during his development he played with a bunch of clueless clowns.

    Physically and technically he has the attributes to become top notch and hopefully playing alongside Colo for a full season, for the first time. He will develop and become a very good player.

    Still, at the moment, he is a decent player.


  6. JJ – funny how every clueless clown he played alongside had a common denominator – they played alongside him.

    As I said he plays his own game for himself – a recipe for a CB partnership falling apart.


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