Great Advice From Big Sam to Steven Taylor

Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce has warned Steven Taylor he must cut out any outside influences if he is to fulfill his potential as an emerging great defender.

Steven has always been earmarked for fame and even when he signed his first contract at Newcastle United, it was big news in the local papers. Steven is currently fulfilling that potential, having played regularly for the England under-21 team the last few seasons.

He was also included in Steve McClaren’s full England squad on Wednesday for the senior game against Germany at Wembley.


Steven Taylor – great potential but can he achieve it?

Sam had some very good advise for Steven today when he said:

“He has great potential. He is in the first team at the moment, but as a young man, all the publicity that surrounds it affects them and they have to push that publicity out of the way and not even listen to it, read it or watch it.”

“The minute that affects them is the minute they become a player in regression rather than progression.”

“That’s very difficult for a young man. We have seen many players of huge capability at an early age get carried away and then their career go into decline rather than escalating into something that is going to be long-lasting.”

“My advice to Steven is to cut out the outside influences and factors and don’t listen to them and just concentrate on what happens inside the football club.

“The people at the football club are the most experienced. Me and all the coaching staff and the medical staff, they are the ones who are more important than anybody else, and they are the ones he should listen to, and nobody else outside that.”

That’s great advice from the wise man because we’ve seen and even experienced that. Once you start believing your own headlines it’s downhill very quickly from that point on. But we also think that Steven has both feet firmly on the ground and will listen carefully to what Big Sam has to say and take it all in.

Why? – because we think Steven is completely dedicated to becoming an England International who will be as good, if not better, than John Terry in a couple of years time. That’s some compliment and we’d be disappointed if Steven wasn’t England’s center-back for the next world cup in 3 years time.

If he can achieve that, not only will he have done well – but Newcastle United should also have performed very well in that time-frame – which is exactly what we all want to happen. But it’s completely up to Steven Taylor himself – so we hope he’ll keep his feet firmly on the ground, and continue to listen to Big Sam – because Sam clearly knows exactly what he’s talking about.

Comments very welcome.

20 comments so far

  • raul temondo

    Aug 24, 2007 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Steven Taylor the future John Terry….Pull the other one will you. His positional play is atrocious, his pace is lacking, and he is dreadful in the air. Thes reason he has had so many rave reviews over last season, was that he ws the only one that shone in a diabolical back four containing aged Australian journey men defenders, and Titus Shambles. He will be found out, I believe personally he himself thinks that he is the best defender at the club, but with Rozenthal and Cappaca and Faye, in my books he is 4th in the que. I am not saying he is useless, but simply that he is not good enough yet. Why do you think Big Sam is coming out into the press saying he needs to be humble etc. Its because Big Sam can see he has a chip on his shoulder. Newcastles back four when fit wont be able to accomadate him. Starting will be The Bull, Cappaca, Rozenthal and Faye (right back). Taylor is good to have on the bench but thats it. Mark my words you heard it first, he will be playing either in Scotland or the Championship in 3 to 4 years

    Ha the future John Terry….Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 24, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Whoa there! Taylor as centre back at the next World Cup? I think that may be a tad over-optimistic.

    John Terry is England captain and will still only be 29 by the next World Cup.

    Rio Ferdinand will be 31, although is possibly already in decline, so he could be replaced.

    Then there’s Jonathan Woodgate, injury prone, yes. But undeniably world class.

    If Taylor makes the squad (which I have every confidence he will) then he will have done very well indeed. Don’t forget he will still only be 24 years old by then, relatively young for a centre half. And there is huge competition already for the two spots in the centre of England’s defence, not least from young Micah Richards.

    I think 2010 may come a bit too soon for wor Steven, but come Euro 2012 and then World Cup 2014, he might just have the captains armband, as well as a guaranteed place in the starting XI.

  • Graeme

    Aug 24, 2007 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #3

    He has the talent, the ability to be a world beater, a “First Choice” NUFC as well as England, Center Back. If anyone can keep him “Grounded” Sam can. He has England player at the club he can learn from as well.

    I just wish him all the best and look forward to seeing him realise his potential.

  • JimD

    Aug 24, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    What about Micah Richards?? Fantastic start to the season and is more of a nautral centre-back than right back and is an incredible athlete. I’d love it if taylor could be englands next centre back but there are many palyers in his way.

  • George

    Aug 24, 2007 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Taylor has the world at his feet provided he keeps his feet firmly on the ground and never forgets his roots.
    Without doubt he has talent, but he does tend to be a bit tempetuous at times.
    If taylor goes the opposite way to Rio Ferdinand he should be ok, as Ferdinand walks around with his head in the clouds. He has too high an opinion of himself, and his brother is going the same way. Ferdinand thinks he is above everyone and everything. As long as Taylor does the opposite he should be alright.
    A fine career is ahead of you ST but please do not blow it.

  • Andy H

    Aug 24, 2007 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #6

    I also think Taylor will be playing at the next world cup. If Mclaren is looking to throw in a young defender now it should be Steven ahead of Micah Richards and I was really disappointed that after 3 starts for Man City in that position he rates Richards higher. In my opinion both of them should be in the team as Richards can easily become one of the best right backs in the world shortly. But, Taylor showed so much spirit for the under 21’s – he is more committed to club and country than any other player around.

    I can see what Big Sam is saying about keeping his feet on the ground but he will only get into the England team on merit ie off the back of great performances for us. It would be massive for the club to have a first choice England centre back and he would only get better by playing agianst the top players in the world.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 24, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Toon Chicken – that may be true but we think he’ll be there in 3 years – just look at his progress over the last 2 years. Of course we’ll not know until it happens but i really believe Steven can be something special – and especially under the calming influence of Big Sam. We’ll see what happens 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 24, 2007 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Andy – agree – seems like Steven plays big in the big games – that to us is a sign of a world class player – (and a bussing one in Steven’s case) and not too many England players shine when the chips are down.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 24, 2007 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Raul – we’ll see – certainly at 21 John Terry was no better than Steven is now – Bobby Robson tried to sign him in 2003 – just before Abromovich bought Chelsea.

  • Toon 85

    Aug 24, 2007 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #10

    raul temondo – taylor playing in scotland or championship in 3-4 years, you obviously know nothing about football, you tool!

  • raul temondo

    Aug 24, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #11

    watch n learn toon 85, you clearly have been playing on pro evolution soccer too long.

    He is an average hapless centre back. Have you forgot his “attacked by a sniper dive” last season. Clearly toon 85, you have never stepped onto a footbnall pitch and played competitive football. Keep watching from the stands and having you 6 pence worth you gutless fool.

  • raul temondo

    Aug 24, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #12

    watch n learn toon 85, you clearly have been playing on pro evolution soccer too long.

    He is a hapless centre back. Have you forgot his “attacked by a sniper dive” last season. Clearly toon 85, you have never stepped onto a football pitch and played competitive football. Keep watching from the stands and having you 6 pence worth you gutless fool.

  • raul temondos brother

    Aug 24, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #13

    watch n learn toon 85, you clearly have been playing on pro evolution soccer too long.

    He is a hapless centre back. Have you forgot his “attacked by a sniper dive” last season. Clearly toon 85, you have never stepped onto a football pitch and played competitive football. Keep watching from the stands and having you 6 pence worth you gutless fool.

  • magpie_boy

    Aug 24, 2007 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Steven taylor has the potential to become a world class player as Sam Said(as long he is focused) the boy has helped us alot and he helped England alot u-21 he was injured yet he played for his team,and for all those who have been watching newcastle games taylor has improved alot.if he continues this way mark my words to him ThE sKy Is ThE LiMit.

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 24, 2007 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #15

    raul termondo

    A couple of things to point out to you…

    1. Steven Taylor is contracted to Newcastle United until 2009. I would be very surprised if the club do not offer him new and improved terms before then, so the chances of him playing in the Championship or SPL appear to be almost non-existent.

    2. A. Faye is not even a Newcastle United player. So I’m not quite sure how he would quailfy for a place in our first choice back four. On top of that he is a defensive midfielder that BSA selected to play at centre half while at Bolton (he therefore has no experience of playing right back).

    I don’t know whether toon 85 has stepped on a football pitch before or not. But at least he knows what he’s talking about!

  • Andreas

    Aug 24, 2007 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Well, ST might very well be in Englands first XI in 3-4 years. However, to play the WC 2010 England have to qualify for it too. As a matter of fact, we might first see if England manages to qualify for Euro 08 (i’m really not sure you’ll make it). 95% of the English population seem to be convinced that England is a top-5 side in the world and until you realise that’s not the case you’ll be dissapointed again, and again, and again…

    NOTE: I do not state that England is a crap side but rather that I suggest that your expectations should be adjusted to reality (pretty much as our expextations about NUFC over the years).

  • raul temondos

    Aug 24, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #17

    toon chicken

    Here is a little pointer for you, you might of not known this but just because a player is contracted to a club, it doesnt mean they will remain there for the full duration of that contract. And regardingTaylor never playing in the championship or the SPL, i think you will find, once he has languished in the cobwebs of the first team…then reserves for the back end of this season, he will be closer than ever to that level of football.

    Regarding A. Faye…. he is set to be a Newcastle player, how do I know this because I have close knit contacts in the Football Agent World. Knowledge is power, seemingly which you dont retain. You may not of realised this but A.Faye has played 6 times last season at RB for Bolton when Nicky Hunt has been injured, simply look at the Opta Stat index and this will tell you his positions to date. Regarding the rumour of him being a midfielder,stop listening to Alan Oliver from the Chronicle. He was always a Centre Back, playing sometimes as a Sweeper for his previous clubs.

    Very much like Toon85, you clearly watch the game from a distance, and have never felt the sweet turf on a rainy day. Sit with your prawn sandwiche brigade and keep your comments factual in future.

  • Hadrian

    Aug 24, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #18

    raul , your also forgetting tayls other dive after the first which he got away with . we have strikers diving all day long in the prem , are we to call taylor for doing that when sometimes it works ? im sorry but id rather see tayls flying thru the air going for a chest, than a ball crossing our goalline .
    and as ed says , terry was no taylor at 21 .
    and before you turn on the charm , i have stepped onto a pitch .

    i like big sams advice , taylor was poor for me against villa , maybe due to all the hype?

  • Keep Oba

    Aug 24, 2007 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #19

    John Terry is starting to come up with more and more injuries and ever since he was made the captain of England his play dropped off. Hes not the best CB on his team as Carvahlo was much better last season for Chelsea. I am not going to say Taylor will be Terry, because I dont want to slot him into a position. This guy could be a superstar, or take the Dyer path to mediocrity…I believe he will be closer to the high end of that of that spectrum. And as for that tripe Raul is spouting off…yea at 21 playing CB you will make some mistakes. but also remember he had to cover for his partner Titus Bramble last year alot. You try playing CB with Bramble and see how good you are when you have to cover two positions.

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 24, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Raul Temondos

    Seeing as you clearly have so much experience of the “sweet turf” maybe you should get your “close knit contacts” to arrange you a trial for right back.

    I have a funny feeling you’ll probably just end up right back in front of your computer spouting nonsense though.

    FYI; I was voted Corbridge FC U18’s player’s player. And I played at RB.


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