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!