Steven Taylor is as positive as ever and of course is now back in Newcastle’s starting line-up following the groin injury Cacapa sustained last Sunday. We still don’t have any return date on Claudio.
Steven will have to challenge for a first team place this season but he gave a solid performance on Tuesday night with one brilliant tackle in particular that deprived Arsenal of what looked like a certain goal.
Nobody can ever accuse Steven of not giving his all for Newcastle â€“ let’s see what he said yesterday about our game with Manchester City, which starts in a short 5 hours.
Stephen Taylor – guts and glory for Newcastle
This is what Steven told the Sunderland Echo yesterday:
“We’ve got to recover, move on and look forward to the weekend,” “Manchester City is a big game for us, and that’s what we’re focused on now.â€
“We’ve got to put the Arsenal game behind us. We’ve got to take it on the chin, move on and concentrate on the league.”
Taylor of course is good friends with both Richards and Onuoha at Manchester City from their England Under-21 days and Steven hopes he gets the chance of a game against his his international colleagues today. Both have certainly played their part in Man City’s good start to the campaign.
“I know Nedum and Micah from England’s Under-21s, and they’re good friends.â€ “They’ve been playing very well this season, but this is about us and we need to get back to winning ways.â€
“It’ll be a tough game, don’t get me wrong, but if we perform to our potential, there’s no reason why we can’t get the result we need.”
Taylor, who is captain of the England Under-21 team has now made 103 appearances for Newcastle and he’s still just 21 years-old. He’s one of our great trilogy of 21 year-olds in the first team along with James Milner and Charles N’Zogbia. How good are they? Milner was our best player last season and N’Zogbia is currently rated as the third most effective player in the Premiership according to the Actim rating.
All three are expected to start today. You can join in the comments and views on the City game at our Newcastle United Forum. or just read what our fans are saying about the game.
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