Williamson injury hands Steven Taylor a chance.

Taylor needs to take this chance.
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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28 thoughts on “Williamson injury hands Steven Taylor a chance.

  1. Broken arm for Williamson
    Defender will miss final three games of the season for the Magpies, weare so lucky this wasnt a few games ago


  2. What is wrong with our training seriously? If this had been earlier in the season it could really have hurt us, so we’re lucky in a sense. Guess its better that its an arm rather than a leg as well. Still, makes sense to give Staylor a run out anyway, if we’re paying him 50k or whatever we need to make use of him.

    Also re-the last thread about Europa league-it obviously hampers teams like liverpool/spurs/mancity who are actively trying to get champions league, but for us, with no sight on champions league, its still a decent competition. It doesn’t mean we have to actively go out and use our best players in every game, on the contrary, chuck the youngsters on in our early games, and see how we are in the league/domestic cups. If we’re doing terrible in the league then fair enough you could try and bow out, but hopefully with a large enough squad and plenty of youngsters on the wings it will allow us to keep fringe players fit and give them an opportunity to stake a place for our first team. Besides, if we actually won it… ๐Ÿ˜†


  3. Taylor is difficult to judge at the moment. He hasnt really played since he was injured last season and has had niggle injuries this season. So lets give him a clean slate, afterall he and Colo had a good partnership the first half of our championship spell.

    Anyway I would like to ask the same question as Newkie, because something must be up with injuries, since we keep getting them season after season. โ“


  4. Lesh I know your not tha old matey ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Its just a turn of phrase anyway. ๐Ÿ˜†

    As I mentioned on last thread I would like to see a better CB brought in in the summer anyway to take the no 5 shirt and take the starting berth alongside Collo. Saylor and Willo can be decent backups IMHO, but I dont think either is a player to rely on to take us up to the top 8-10 level we need to.

    Maybe we can go for Hangelaand or Jones or maybe a cheeky Cahill bid? Why not try and use the money for a CF and a CB, we seem to have very real quality in the other areas


  5. You can say the latest injuries to Williamson, Enrique and Barton can be because of fatigue, because they have almost played all the games this season
    Gosling and Ireland were rushed into the first team squad….

    Both the reasons highlights the importance of having a strong squad, with good backups


  6. We had no real injuries with Hughton yet our last 9 managers or whatever, players seemingly get shot at in training.

    This isn’t a “yay for Hughton” comment by the way, just a comment that he seems the only decent coach. Everyone else seems to just say “run, hit each other and play in this position”.

    I guess that’s what you get from a coach and not a “manager”.


  7. Both the reasons highlights the importance of having a strong squad, with good backups


    Exactly- it is all down to needy a more robust squad. we have several players who have played nearly every minute out of necessity. Every club has injuries. Ours are more noticieable because of the dropoff to our second string.


  8. FFS! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
    If saylor is playing and we have no strikers, then we can forget getting anymore points this season.

    Going to be lucky to finish 14th-17th depending on other results.

    We need to see drastic improvements next season or you can just dream about europe.

    Cant believe how we are finishing this season. Was looking forwards to going to the brum game on sat, but not now.
    ah well I’m sure the beer will help.
    I see HBA is not expected to return until 15th may now too. more likely not be untill wba match, for 15mins as a sub. ๐Ÿ˜•


  9. Well I guess it gives Taylor a proper chance to get a few games under his belt and prove what he can do.

    I hope he proves me wrong because I think he’s nothing but a liability to our back four.


  10. We definitely suffer more from injuries. I even wrote to the club suggesting they employ some of Gary Speed’s techniques that kept him playing for so long. It’s mostly based around Ashtanga Yoga, which makes you bomb-proof.
    I use it to keep out of hospital when doing things that come into the ‘old enough to know better’ category. :mrgreen:


  11. I disagree a bit on your assessment of Saylor, Toonsy. I think there was a marked improvement over the year or two after the ‘been shot’ incident during the Bowyer/Dyer game. Not so much since, though…


  12. I see Benny is not coming back this season then….

    would have been great to see him Bach but as long as he is fit for next season I guess it’s fine ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. Wot a load of guff.
    next we’ll have a all shots saved by the keeper that would have been goals league table.
    Or all shots off target that would have been a goal if they weren’t off target league table.
    I mean its just a pointless exercise.


  14. Toonsy im afraid Perch being out for the season is bigger news! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ๐Ÿ˜†


  15. wots this about HBA Toonsy???
    Is that official or just rumour from another blog???


  16. I agree Saylor hasn’t really improved a great deal…maybe down to a combination of long term injuries, frequent changes in coaching staff & not the best coaching staff to boot?!?


  17. Toonsy…how come it says my comment is awaiting moderation? I’ve never that before…am I on some sort of list? ๐Ÿ˜‰


  18. I reckon Taylor will be fine. I prefer him over Willo and hope he proves people wrong.

    He just needs to realise that collo is the number one man and follow his lead. He never used to but I think he may have been humbled a bit recently.


  19. Witters….I think everyone on here is on one sort of list or another ๐Ÿ˜†

    Ice….hows ya heed?


  20. RICHIE,heeds a bit better,got spray for lugs,and some tablets,still dont trust the gits like.
    printed up your I.D. yet ๐Ÿ˜‰


  21. Thanks for your kind words @4.
    You’re right, I did fib about my age – it’s 9รณ going on 100 by the time next season starts!
    Ho hum.


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