Steven Taylor Deserves Improved Contract at Newcastle

Steven Taylor – who is still recovering from an ankle injury he sustained in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 championships – is about to follow James Milner in being rewarded with a new improved contract at Newcastle United.

A few weeks ago Steven warned Newcastle not to mess around or delay his contract negotiations so it’s obviously important to tie down one of our most promising players for the future.

We understand Sam Allardyce and the Newcastle board are only too willing to do that for a player who in many ways is the future of Newcastle.


Steven Taylor

We all know that Chelsea’s boss Jose Mourinho is a long time admirer of Taylor – who of course enhanced his reputation this summer with some outstanding displays for the England Under-21 team. It was not at all surprising he drew comparisons with John Terry – when he was Steven’s age playing for the Under-21s. At that time Bobby Robson even tried to sign Terry – but Abramovich took over and that was it on John.

Steven Taylor has even an outside chance of becoming Newcastle’s captain for next season but we think he’s at least a year short on experience for that important role. We do however expect him to become Newcastle captain one day.

Steven of course is a local lad who was born in London but moved to Newcastle when he was two weeks old. His family moved to Whitley Bay, North Tyneside – and he grew up as most local lads – as a fanatical Newcastle supporter. He was a ball-boy for Newcastle during the Kevin Keegan reign and in clips of the 1995-96 season can be seen sitting behind the Leazes End goal. Steven would have then been around 10 years old – and not unlike any wide eyed Newcastle youngster at the time.

But Steven Taylor has turned out to be a very special player for Newcastle United and we need to give him an improved contract. Apparently Steven was due a wage increase a year ago – so not so sure why it has been delayed. There is also no doubt Steven will one day play for the full England side – and maybe as soon as next month if he is match fit by then.

We honestly believe Steven has everything it takes to become a top class central defender and he epitomizes the spirit of Newcastle United. Steven can be a monumental player for the club as Sam Allardyce begins his Newcastle revolution under new owner Mike Ashley. The 21 year-old is certainly well deserving of an improved contract – so let’s ensure he gets it – and let’s make sure it’s a good one.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • rich

    Jul 14, 2007 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #1

    best defender at newcastle need ta tie him down long term n has it all in the locker 2 be 1 of the best if not the best defender ever

  • Soren

    Jul 14, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Give the lad the contract he deserves! He is a future star for both Newcastle and England, and we need to hold on to him.

  • Greg B

    Jul 14, 2007 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Great player, plays with pride and passion (remember his goal at Brammal Lane?). Im a big fan of Taylors, loved his attempts to cover up the ‘hand ball’ in the Villa match when Dyer and Bowyer had their set-to, hopefully there is a bright future for both Taylor and Newcastle.
    Lets just hope his new contract (and Milners for that fact) dosent include a ‘minimum fee’ release clause!!!! Sure Sam would not allow that 🙂

  • henry

    Jul 14, 2007 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #4

    a love taylor he best toon defender nd 1 of the best in the world ! 😛

  • Beastie

    Jul 14, 2007 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #5

    give him new contract and also a makehim toon captain

  • Steve Mills

    Jul 14, 2007 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #6

    If anyone deserves a contract its this lad, outstanding virtually all season, and our best defender by a mile. He’s got everything, good in the air and in the tackle, good reader of the game, good organiser and quick. Quicker than terry. He’s a local lad, and shows great commitment, enthusiasm and attitude. Its no wonder he’s being touted for England, he was awesome in the euros for the U21’s.
    I’d pay him whatever it takes to tie him to a 6 year deal.

  • Ged

    Jul 14, 2007 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #7

    I think 99% ( there are the odd few who would have given Bramble another contract!) of NUFC fans would say Taylor was worth a handsome contract in comparison to Dyer, Luckless Luque, Baby aero et al……give him a salary which befits his performances. If we fail to recognise his worth then it will gnaw away at him and we’ll not get the same level of performance.

    Too early for the captain’s armband but give him another couple of seasons and a full England cap and he’ll be our mainstay for years to come!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 14, 2007 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #8

    From these really excellent comments – obviously Steven’s as well liked as we thought – one terrific player with guts galore – obviously a real Geordie lad.

  • Beastie

    Jul 14, 2007 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #9

    build the team round steven taylor! hell of a player for his age, maybe a year or two senior side deffo cud b sooner but plenty of time! would love to see how he would play with terry! am sure big sam has an experienced centre half to brin in or two,!

  • noel

    Jul 14, 2007 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Stephen Taylor has captained every England side up to U21, and altough he must get out of trying to save the ball with his hands and play acting he is probably the best player in the Newcastle squad. Although he has not scored that many for Newcastle he has found the net many times for England. He comes so fast around the back of the defenders that when the ball is right he is almost impossible to stop. He will be captain for both England and the Toon and I would make him that next year. Barton is possibly better placed but not sure fans would accept that. The defence is beggining to take shape the midfield is possibly the best in the premiership and the front men well…. need I say more. I have supported NUFC for nearly thirty years and I have never seen the team looking better placed . Taylor should be given a ten year contract. I hope he never wants to leave but people will come in for him and the longer the contract the more they will have to pay. NUFC forever…. oh and Ive been to Wembley and St. James is better.

  • Arron

    Jul 14, 2007 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #11

    plz plz plz taylor sign we all love u. u r the best nufc defender they has been for a long time

  • Sean

    Jul 14, 2007 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #12

    i think taylor will be the next john terry. I’d give him the captains armband now and posibly the england armband in the future

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 15, 2007 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #13

    still young but will get better. captain in a couple of years but not yet when we’ve got given and owen in the team…


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