Sam Allardyce talked today about young Steven Taylor â€“ who goes to battle against Holland tonight – along with his England Under-21 compatriot James Milner.
These two were arguably our best players last season and should turn out to be stars of the future for Newcastle.
Sam Allardyce talked about Steven Taylor today â€“ and how he would try to protect him next season.
This is what Sam had to say:
“I don’t want to put too much pressure on Steven Taylor because he has been labeled a hero or savior by the fans because of his passion for Newcastle United and the commitment in his play.
“But he is still a raw defender with huge potential and great promise, and while he is not quite there yet, he is still a great asset to this football club.”
“I am looking to bring in central defenders with experience to play alongside Taylor to help him improve.
“It’s not for him to be the main man, but we need to bring someone in to talk to him and bring him on and knock one or two rough edges off.
“Steven Taylor has great potential, and when people talk of him as a future England center-half I say `perhaps, yes’.“
These words support that Sam wants to bring in one starter at center-back and a backup. Looks like Rozehnal would be the starter â€“ if we can eventually get him signed from PSG. Then he wants an experienced old hand like Hyypia to help the youngsters we already have at the club.
We also have Ramage, Huntington and Edgar â€“ who are all central defenders – and we think probably one or even two of these – will be sent out on loan next year to get games and experience.
We also hope Sam will bring in two full backs â€“ but he has already said he will definitely bring in a left back and maybe a right back. We are quite well covered at right back because we have Solano, Carr, Ramage, Edgar and Huntington (and Taylor) who can all play right back. But we think it would be good to get a new right back as a starter â€“ and then we are well covered in case he gets injured.
We did review Bakari Sagna and Habib Beye in an article this morning â€“ and both can play right back and Beye can also play central defense. Either of these would prove good starters at right back for the club =- and it would mean that Sam will have brought in a whole back line â€“ which to be honest we needed â€“ and we have already got rid of the dead-wood â€“ and Babayaro also looks to be on his way out of Newcastle.
Let’s hope Steven and James can do us proud again tonight â€“ and get us to the final of the European Under-21 tournament.