News of another injury this afternoon means that Steven Taylor will now get the opportunity to show why he should be partnering Fabricio Coloccini in the heart of the NUFC defence.
Mike Williamson suffered a broken arm whilst training in the gym and will undergo and operation to aid his recovery. Whilst the injury itself isn’t that bad and can be played through with the use of a plaster cast after a few weeks, it does unfortunately mean that Williamson will be ruled out for the final three games of the season.
Step forward Steven Taylor who has had to make do with a spot on the bench since his return to match fitness a few months back. He can now stake his claim for a starting spot in next seasons line up.
I have concerns about Taylor to be honest, much like I have concerns about Williamson to be fair. On his day Taylor can be as good as the best of them, but that day doesn’t come too often and is usually outnumbered by days where Taylor adopts the calamitous behaviour of Titus Bramble.
My main gripe with Taylor is that I don’t feel he has improved since he burst onto the scene six or so years ago. Back then he was a breath of fresh air and mistakes were part of learning the game. Here we are, years later, discussing exactly the same thing. He is good at fist-pumping to the crowd though, I’ll give him that…
Still, hopefully he makes me eat my words and has a storming run in the team. I won’t be disappointed by that as it will mean that Newcastle United benefit from it. One thing I would say is that Taylor needs to take this chance with both hands. For me personally the excuses are starting to wear thin although I have no doubt that many of his admirers will have a whole host of them lined up in the event of him having a mare, again.
Prove me wrong Tayls!
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