21 year-old Steven Taylor â€“ one of Newcastle’s best performers last season – and a budding home grown star at Newcastle talked today with Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle.
Steven was injured in the England Under-21s defeat against Holland in the semi-finals of the European Championships although he still managed to score in the penalty shoot-out to go with the two James Milner put away.
Unfortunately – because of that injury – Steven has been having treatment on his ankle and has had no real time to take a break. But that doesn’t seem to matter too much to the Newcastle Academy star.
Steven said to Lee Ryder today:
â€œI am eager to work under the guidance of an ex-center-half like the manager. I can learn a lot from him. â€œI know Bolton were criticized for the way they played but I tell you what, it gets results.â€
Sam has already talked of making St James’ Park a fortress next season where 52,000 Newcastle fans will be only too happy to roar on their favorites â€“ but last season we didn’t fair all that well at home. We lost league games to Fulham, Bolton, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Blackburn – and in the league Cup Chelsea beat us 1-0 = and of course in the FA Cup we were thrashed 5-1 by Birmingham in January.
Taylor went on:
â€œWe would like to be hated, people hated Bolton for the way they played and I would be happy with that. â€œIt has been successful the way they have been playing. I think one thing we need to bring up here is to make everyone hate coming to St Jamesâ€™ Park.
We need to make it a horrible place to come to now.â€
â€œYou have to respect Sam after the big names he signed at Bolton. â€œSome of the players he attracted had Champions League winners medals and title medals. â€œThere is no reason why he wonâ€™t do that at Newcastle United.
â€œNot only will he attract top players, but he will get the respect â€“ he already has the respect of the players here.â€
Interesting that Steven says that Sam already – in such a short time span – has the respect of the Newcastle squad. Taylor is already impressed with the four summer signings Sam has made â€“ and of course there are hopefully more signings on the way.
England’s top player for the England Under-21s during the summer is expected to begin training at the end of July – so hopefully he may just make it for the first game on August 11th. However, he is more likely to be on the substitutes bench or sit out the first game. But an in-form Taylor next year is what we need to have a solid season and gain European qualification. Then we can start to rebuild again next summer for a potential attempt on the top four.