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