Steven Taylor has surprisingly turned down a new five-year contract with Newcastle United.
With Charles N’Zogbia and James Milner, the other outstanding 21 year-olds in the Newcastle camp, having just signed new 5 year contracts with the club we were fully expecting Steven to sign one.
This doesn’t sound like good news so we’ll take a hard look at this today.
Steven Taylor – rejects 5 year deal with 3 year option from the club
Taylor’s representative is his father Alf Taylor who has termed the contract as â€œcompletely inadequateâ€ for Taylor, who will captain the England Under-21 side in their match in Montenegro tonight.
Taylor’s father is looking after his sonâ€™s affairs and told the Evening Chronicle this afternoon:
â€œI only hope they are not trying to force Steven out.â€
â€œHe loves Newcastle United and it is the only club he wants to play for, but he is most disappointed at what they are offering him.â€
United have been reported to have made a formal offer to Taylor of a new five-year contract with a three-year option, but this has been rejected by his father, representing Steven’s interests.
Taylor will be aware how much United have come up with for James Milner and Charles Nâ€™Zogbia, who had their contracts reviewed and signed new deals at St Jamesâ€™ Park in the past couple of weeks. The fans were extremely pleased that two of our best players, even though they are just 21 years-old were signed up long term by the club – very good business. With players who have yet to prove themselves at Newcastle, and some that couldn’t prove themselves at Newcastle, getting more than 3 to 6 times what Steven is currently earning, we cannot blame Steven for wanting a better contract. Although we don’t know the details we cannot believe it can be fair to Steven.
Taylor has already played 98 times for Newcastle and we know players like Luque, Boumsong and others played a lot less than that but were on huge wages. Abdoulaye Faye is said to be earning Â£30K a week after joining United last week. His wages at Bolton were around Â£7K/week. Steven is apparently currently on about Â£10K/week.
Alf Taylor added:
â€œFans seeing the likes of Albert Luque and Jean Alain Boumsong coming into the club with massive wages must think Steven is also on big bucks, but this is not the case.â€ â€œHe is not playing for Newcastle for the money, but because he loves football and the club â€“ but it is a short career and the financial aspect is still important.â€
â€œFortunately, while he is disappointed, Steven has never â€“ nor ever will â€“ let it affect his performance on the field.â€
â€œHe is a local lad who only wants to play for his local team.â€ â€œBut perhaps this is why his contract offer is not in the same category as those players who are coming in from all over the place.
â€œYet I do not see this being a problem at Liverpool with Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.â€
This is almost a perfect response from Alf Taylor because everything he says is true – and every fan knows that.
There are a number of things about this â€“ most of which are not good for the club:
- Most Newcastle fans will support Steven on this â€“ because he is a true future star and captain for Newcastle
- He is local lad who moved to Newcastle when he was just 2 weeks old from Greenwich â€“ and this will look like our local lads are not getting a fair deal at the club. It appears that they may be taking advantage of Steven’s complete loyalty to the club
- Other clubs, starting with Chelsea, will be only too willing to take Steven off Newcastle’s hands in the event the club and Steven cannot reach an agreement. They will also pay Steven what he’s asking for
- It does not look good at all as far as the club is concerned â€“ and there is no way they can win this â€“ at least not as far as the Newcastle fans are concerned
- It again reflects badly on the way Newcastle’s youngsters are treated. They hardly ever get a good run in the first team because of the preference for the big money players (not always matched by big talent). Steven has made the first team on merit but then the club don’t come up with a decent contract for him
No â€“ this is not good at all for the club and we suggest this be solved very quickly by chairman Chris Mort and manager Sam Allardyce, otherwise there will be big trouble from the fans. This could be a public relations nightmare if it is allowed to fester.
Pay Steven what he’s worth – or Newcastle will deserve to lose him.