Taylor Committed to Newcastle But Still No Contract


Steven Taylor, who is preparing for the England Under-21 game against Montenegro tomorrow  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.

Let’s see what Steven has been saying.  It’s been almost 4 weeks since the initial contract talks ended, when it was rumored Michael was offered £20K/week.

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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.

Taylor’s father Alf has been acting as Steven’s agent in the negotiations and when the first offer was made Alf went public saying the offer was both “disappointing” and “completely inadequate”.  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.  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 Taylor’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 Geordie  😀   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.”

“I’m committed to the club 100 per cent, that’s the club I want to play for.”

We don’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 he’s interested in current Brazilian international center-back  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 £1M/year for a 21 year-old isn’t too shabby is it?

Comments s welcome.



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6 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Oct 11, 2007 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Steve should sign a contract…..if a player is any good these days they generally get an improved deal halfway through their existing deal anyway.

    Steve is no Marcellino but we don’t want any 60k a week reserves on our books kicking their heels for 4 years.

    Taylor has obviously seen some classy defenders come in and realised he is no longer top dog………won’t do him any harm IMO.

    Anybody disagree??? ( Jeremy Kyle style!!)

    Sorry guys I must apologise for some poor spelling in my past few posts…..
    I hope my old English teacher isn’t reading this or I’m done for………
    lines or the ruler.

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  • w2

    Oct 11, 2007 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #2

    I think we keep on forgetting Martins is also 21 yrs old.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 11, 2007 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #3

    w2 – Oba is 22 years old – will turn 23 this October – so he is about 15 months older than Taylor and Milner.

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  • Bill F

    Oct 11, 2007 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Hammy yeah your French was atrocious 🙂

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  • Hammy

    Oct 11, 2007 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Hi Bill, I noted your earlier comment, you have great taste.

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  • Bill F

    Oct 11, 2007 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Hammy yeah if you see Ed’s latest blog re. Roz I’ll probably be getting the ruler as well, we get so excited at trying to get our thoughts out we trip over our Grandma’s. Or are we texting (good excuse) 🙂

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