Steven Taylor â€“ 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.
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 â€“ 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 â€“ and let’s make sure it’s a good one.