The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Steven Taylor is the shock leading candidate for the vacant Newcastle captaincy â€” and the chance to become the youngest United skipper of all time.
Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce is reported to be almost ready to hand the armband to 21-year-old Taylor. This is a surprise move since most of the Newcastle fans had seemed to favor either Nicky Butt or Shay Given ahead of the 21 year-old.
We also thought that Steven was maybe a year or two too young to be handed the armband.
Steven Taylor – Newcastle Captain?
This may be an enlightened move by Sam Allardyce to jump start Steven in terms of extra responsibility at Newcastle. There is no doubt â€“ after his brave performances for the England Under-21 team during the summer – that he impressed lots and lots of football folk with his leadership and playing abilities.
On reflection we think this may be a brilliant move by Allardcye to bring the very best out of Steven â€“ certainly it says he is the player that Sam will build the defense (and the team) around next season and beyond. And of course Steven has all the grit and courage of a boy raised in the streets of Newcastle – and in awe of Newcastle United. Taylor is fighting to be fit for the start of the season on August 11th, but that is not thought to have affected Allardyceâ€™s thinking on the captaincy issue.
It will not be unheard of for Allardyce to appoint a young captain since he did have Kevin Nolan in that position at Bolton Wanderers. Kevin is now still only 25 years old and was 22 when appointed by Sam. It doesn’t seem to have adversely affected Kevin too much since he has already played 250 times for Bolton and scored 39 goals.
The more we think about this the more we like it. Jermaine Jenas was the youngest captain ever for Newcastle but that was just a one off affair. Steven will be the permanent captain if appointed and we would also expect Shay Given â€“ one of the best servants ever for the club â€“ to continue to be vice captain. For the youngsters of Newcastle it just shows you what is possible – and remember Steven was once a proud ball boy for the club 12 years ago.
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