Taylor Nearly Fit – Sam Glad He Got the Rest

Steven Taylor has been injured since the England Under-21 team were narrowly beaten in the semi-final of the European Under-21 championships by holders and eventual champions Holland.

Of course that didn’t stop Steven from scoring a penalty in that shoot-out when he was not allowed to skip his turn by the Dutch coach.

It looks like Sam Allardyce has quickly worked out what Steven is like – and may be a tiny bit grateful that Steven was injured – so he was forced to take time off from the game.


Steven Taylor

This is what Sam told the Evening Chronicle today about Steven:

“Steven is doing OK. He actually needed the rest.

“When I say that, I mean he didn’t need to be playing games.”

“He would have been champing at the bit to start playing right now.”

“But his ankle injury made sure he got the right amount of rest.”

Big Sam has already done a lot behind the scenes to make the changes needed at the club to ensure injuries are kept to an absolute minimum. Nobody needs reminding of how horrific the injury toll has been at Newcastle over the last two seasons.

Sam has already amassed over 20 members on his coaching and medical team – as part of his overall back-room staff. We’ll look for a big improvement in our injury record this season – even though we have rather unfortunately lost Joey Barton to a broken foot on Saturday. But there’s nothing much you can do about those freak injuries.

Sam seems pleased he has most of the people now in place on his staff and went on:

“I have to sit back and keep my mouth shut now because I am old-fashioned.”“What managers used to say is not the way forward now.”

“I know that is the case because of the huge success we had at Bolton, not just getting results, but in terms of keeping players fit.”

“That is an important part of the future of Newcastle United.”

“And it is important that the players take it on board as it will benefit us in the end.”

Steven may be able to make a short appearance against Celtic on Thursday evening but we would doubt that he’ll be risked. We still don’t know who will be captain for the coming season but no doubt Steven is one of the front runners. He may be a year or two too young for the job – but that’s up to Sam to decide and if Steven does get the nod – there’s not too many fans who will disagree with the choice.

Steven is going to be a key player for Newcastle next season – no doubt about that – since we must tighten the defense. But it’s hard to doubt Steven’s courage, determination, tenacity and 100% effort for the Newcastle cause – he epitomizes what Newcastle players should stand for.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Shaun

    Jul 24, 2007 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #1

    I think he will make us a great captain one day, and I sure he will play the England senior squad.

  • Ivan

    Jul 24, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #2

    i am 100% ok with taylor becoming the skipper. yeah… u cant deny dat he’s one of the top players last season alongside milner.

    we should buy deco in midfield, davies and shorey in defence

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 24, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #3

    ‘Chris Mort replaces Freddie Sheperd as NUFC plc Chairman’ – still no new defenders tho but maybe this is the start of something starting to move in the right direction……..here’s hoping….

  • Kash

    Jul 24, 2007 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Taylor, Shola, Ramage, Huntington, Edgar, Milner, Solano, Given, Harper all symbolise what it means to play for Newcastle. We still have a few players who need to show the same type of passion and effort these boys do, some are more than capable while some will never show it. Hopefully BSA will either weed out these guys or whip them into shape and instill some heart into there play. Big Fat Freddy might get his dream of having 11 geordies on the pitch. As fans we try our hardest, and we support our beloved club through and through, we’d like to think we’d die for the cause. For a player to become a TRUE GEORDIE all they have to do is show that they will die for the cause. The players mentioned above certainly do that, can the others? It remains to be seen!

  • Kash

    Jul 24, 2007 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #5

    That was very heart felt. Think i’m gonna cry!

  • michael

    Jul 24, 2007 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Ding dong the fatman’s gone! Peace of mind at last. It’s like we’re on the titanic and someone said “Here’s a big bazooka.. you know in case you meet an iceberg!”
    Joy of joys. Won’t be missed the big fat leechign toad. Hope that doesn’t sound to personal.
    >£500,000 a year folks. That’s what we were paying Jabba the Hut. And what did he do? Spent the money that loyal fans had poured in to tart up a team that was going nowhere just to save his job and leech another cool half million of us the next year. The true axis of evil (Fat Fred, Fat Fred Jr, and the waste of space that must have been concieved from the worst part of Sir John’s testicles) have finally been vanquished. Good riddance. Maybe in another month the rebuilding will be in full swing at last.

  • michael

    Jul 24, 2007 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Die for the cause? A little extreme don’t you think. It’s not like we’re being invaded by the right wing Manks. That we’ve given them part of Teeside to appease them and then they invaded Sunderland anyway. I don’t think that our civil liberties are in danger. That there is any chance all those who have season tickets in the Leazes End will be thrust into labour camps and systematically exterminated because the Gallowgate is the only pure stand. I think you ought to re-evaluate that comment Kash

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 24, 2007 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #8

    west brom are signing leon barnett, he has been tipped as davies replacement. maybe the 7m bid was for him and they were waiting until they signed their replacement. hopefully they will accept, but if he is’t the mystery defender we should bid for him!!!!

  • apan

    Jul 24, 2007 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #9

    finally sherphard is gone, a new era under Mort will begin with new signings!!

  • TOON1

    Jul 24, 2007 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Taylor gonna be geordie legend!!!goodbye freddy and f*!k off.

  • michael

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #11

    davies will go to spurs. don’t expect signigs til the strategic review ends. at least a week away judging from morts comments.

  • Mac

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #12

    If we don’t get signings and soon,this season is gonna be far worse than last season,we’ve got less players,true we have got a better manager but it will only take a few injuries to a few players then we’ll be playing with our kids again,and as good as they’re gonna be they’re not good enough yet. We need to move forward and move now,man city,spurs,pompey are out of sight,villa are on there way even the Mackems are buying. This could be our worst season.

  • michael

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #13

    @ Mac

    Who have Man Citeh signed that are as good as Barton and Distin? They’re a weaker squad than last year. Villa have signed Marlon Harewood, big whoop! Pompey have improved and Spurs are better too. But they were both better than us to start with. All we’ve lost are the weakest players in the squad. Bernard, Moore, Bramble and the Gooch. Not that big a loss really. Bernard didn’t play, Moore will now be occupying Queensland roars physio table, Bramble well what do you say? And the Gooch didn’t set the premiership a light. The way I see it if we get one more defender who’s actually good then we’re up from last year by lots, if we don’t we’re up by lots as well. Sam knows what he wants. The squad aren’t relegation material so lets just see how we rebuild this year. Why talk about Europe?

  • Mac

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Don’t get me wrong i hope we do rebuild this year. And you’re right about man city they haven’t bought world class players. Spurs and Pompey are years ahead of us in my opinion and really they shouldn’t be. We need at a minimum 3 good and i mean good defenders and that’s the least we need.

  • john boater

    Jul 25, 2007 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #15

    I just hope that we can keep a hold of the remainder of our squad and then make astute – as opposed to panicky – acquisitions. Talk of 4 defenders is now looking overambitious. If we do go with sam’s beloved 4-3-3 this season then our current 4/5 strikers will do the job – but the more i read, the more it looks like geremi will get a lot of starts in midfield meaning we are seriously shorn of a right back… nobby did us proud but i would like to see him play more this season in a more familiar and influential attacking role as we missed his intelligence in the final third a heck of a lot. SO, left back, right back and new stopper are top priorities… lahm, cannavaro, beye… or second choice… shorey, davies, sagna… pretty inexperienced 3 though….letting dyer leave would be crazy as – despite the champagne charlie reputation – we need to keep the best we have and add to that…

  • Dave

    Jul 25, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #16

    I think Taylor’s going to have a fantastic season 07/08 I really do. Is that really him in the photo though Ed?


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