There was news yesterday from the Sunday Sun that Steven Taylor will ask to leave Newcastle United in January if he is not included in the Newcastle team this evening against Derby County.
We find that story hard to believe.
While it may be true that Steven will be disappointed if he doesn’t start tonight, it’s hardly a time to start talking about leaving the club he has already said he wants to play for.
Steven Taylor – don’t believe the stories about him leaving Newcastle United
We think that Habib Beye will replace Steven in an otherwise unchanged back four tonight and believe that Habib will make the right back spot his own this season. There’s little doubt that competition for places in the back four will be red hot this season with Taylor, Faye, Enrique, Carr and Edgar all fighting it out with those starting tonight.
Of course Taylor has turned down Newcastle’s initial contract offer described by his agent and father, Alf, as â€œcompletely inadequateâ€. But talks are set for this Wednesday to discuss contract arrangements and we would hope these can quickly come to a successful conclusion.
The Sunday Sun reports that father and son are angry that Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce criticized Taylor’s father for speaking publicly on the issue before there was time to resolve it. We also know there will be many clubs come in for Taylor if indeed he remains unhappy for the next 3 months or so before the transfer window opens early next year. But those clubs, which include Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United, will not be able to offer him regular football this season either.
Everybody at Newcastle must now realize that a first team place is not guaranteed for anybody, and that includes Owen, Given and other Newcastle stars. We think young Steven is a lot more mature than to want to leave at this exciting time for Newcastle United, and hopefully there’ll be some good news on the Taylor front before too long.
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