Steven Taylor – Newcastle Must Move On

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 – 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.”

“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.

Steven continued

“I know Nedum and Micah from England’s Under-21s, and they’re good friends.” “They’ve been playing very well this season, but this is about us and we need to get back to winning ways.”

“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.

Comments always welcome.

6 comments so far

  • toonfan1

    Sep 29, 2007 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #1

    i think the starting line up should be
    Beye Taylor Rozenhal Enrique

    Milner Smith Geremi(c) N’Zogbia

    Viduka Martins

    1 given
    25 faye
    5 emre
    22 butt
    35 pattsion

  • Graeme

    Sep 29, 2007 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Looks a good team, if anything happens to a striker, can move smithy forward and bring on either Emre or Butt to strengthen midfield.

    A win at City would be a great achievement, move us up to third and settle everyone down – that would certainly be a great start to the season!!!!!

  • sean

    Sep 29, 2007 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #3

    thats a good line-up toonfan1 but i think put butt on 4 smith and put given 4 harper but your line-up would work very well

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 29, 2007 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Yep, looks a good team but think BSA will select Butt as a starter in midfield with Smith up front if Viduka not fully fit!

    Given should be in goal but expect Harper to play…….

  • Rob

    Sep 29, 2007 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Given is our number 1 keeper and should be back in the starting 11. Harper has had the best spell of his 10 years + and has not made any mistakes yet, however Given should be back in from now on.

  • Bryan

    Sep 29, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #6

    A lot has been said about Arsenals scouting system when it comes to good young players of all nationality. But I think all of us are missing the real issue here. Arsenal have a fantastic football minded coach. These kids are coached in a way that all of us want to see football being played. Put Black & White shirts on Tuesdays Arsenal team and all that would happen is they would play in a way determined by BSA/Roeder/Souness. That i am afraid is the difference. Nothing to do with the quality of the kids, but how they are coached to play the game. Until we as a club start to coach our players in the art of attractive one touch football (ie Keegan days) we will always be one of the also rans of English football and that is a crying shame for a club the size of NUFC.
    I hope BSA`s approach to the game proves me wrong, but what I have seen up to now does not fill me with any hope. Results at the start of this season have papered over what have been very average performances.
    I am sorry to sound a little negetive but I see it as it is.


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