Steven Taylor, who is preparing for the England Under-21 game against Montenegro tomorrowÂ evening at the Walkers Stadium in Leicester, has said that Newcastle is the team he is 100% committed to.
But still no word yet on the contract talks taking place with Newcastle and how they are going, since they first broke down in mid-September.
Letâ€™s see what Steven has been saying.Â Itâ€™s been almost 4 weeks since the initial contract talks ended, when it was rumored Michael was offered Â£20K/week.
Steven Taylor – time to sign the contract and concentrate on his football?
The 21-year-old established himself last season at St James’ Park when Steven appeared 44 times for the club and scored 4 goals. This season he will not get as many games but so far has played 9 times and yet to score.
Taylorâ€™s father Alf has been acting as Stevenâ€™s agent in the negotiations and when the first offer was made Alf went public saying the offer was both â€œdisappointingâ€ and â€œcompletely inadequateâ€.Â That probably didn’t go down well at the club and Chairman Chris Mort countered by saying he would get involved personally with the negotiations.Â We thought it would be resolved quickly, but that has not been the case.
Sam initially thought the offer was a good one but we understand it was below that given to Taylorâ€™s Under-21 team-mate James Milner, which may be the problem.
Steven Taylor, who moved to Newcastle from Greenwich when he was just 2 weeks old, and that qualifies him as a GeordieÂ 😀 Â had this to say about his Newcastle future today:
“I want to play for Newcastle. That is my main concern,” “I’ll play, if people want to sort out the contract then that’ll get sorted out. My main thing is that I want to play for Newcastle, there’s no doubt about that.â€
“I’m committed to the club 100 per cent, that’s the club I want to play for.”
We donâ€™t yet know if a new offer has been made by the club but one thing that is now clear is that Steven will not play as many games as last year or even as many games as James Milner. It looks like even David Rozehnal, who has played extremely well for the club, is to have some time on the bench. Sam said recently David will spend some time to reflect on his first 8 games or so.
Certainly the way Cacapa and Faye played on Sunday says they are odds-on to start the match against Tottenham in the next game. Taylor is probably below Rozehnal in the pecking order and Sam still says heâ€™s interested in current Brazilian international center-backÂ Edmilson, who is likely to arrive from Barcelona in early January.
We would advise Steven to take the best offer he can get from the club, and then
move on and concentrate on his football. He is a wonderful prospect with a tremendous attitude and of course will be captaining the England Under-21 team for the next 2 years, so he’ll gain experience there also.
But he is still learning his trade and this is not the time to be overly concerned about money. After all Â£1M/year for a 21 year-old isnâ€™t too shabby is it?
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