Young Steven Taylor Showing Great Maturity

Newcastle central defender Steven Taylor is banking on his international exploits to help force his way back into Newcastle’s first team.

But young Taylor, who was appointed England Under-21s captain after his heroics at this summer’s European Championship finals, is in no doubt it will be tough to make the team every week, with so much competition now in the Newcastle defense.


Steven Taylor – England Under-21 captaincy helping the 21 year-old mature quickly

Of course as we reported recently young Taylor is thriving on the responsibility of wearing the England armband, and is hoping the lessons he is learning will help further his club career. Certainly it’s a great experience for the Greenwich born youngster, who seems to be growing rapidly in maturity.

Steven is still hoping to force his way back into contention for tonight’s Premier League clash with Tottenham, but we think he will only make the bench with Cacapa, Rozehnal and Faye all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Taylor said yesterday:

“The competition is massive – it’s probably the best it has been for a good few years now, and that’s what you want.”

“To develop your game, you need that. It’s good competition and that is what this club needs.” “To be given that opportunity to captain my country, there is no greater honor.”

“To lead the side out in every game is fantastic.” “It has been really good – but I am looking forward to getting back to club football now.”

Taylor’s England Under-21 side is doing just great in European qualification, and are clear at the top of their qualifying group after completing an easy double over Montenegro and beating Bulgaria and Ireland without conceding a single goal. This of course is in stark contrast to their senior colleagues, who were beaten by Russia last Wednesday in a disastrous game. Manager Steve McClaren’s own defensive tactics only allowed Russia back into the game after they had looked dead and buried.

Taylor continued:

“We want to keep that going, and there is no reason why we cannot do that.” “The fans have been great in getting behind us.”

“I know last season we were a bit disappointing, but this season we are looking to build from that and get the results we need.”

“They have dangerous strikers, but our defense is very capable of coping with that.” “We want to keep our home record going and there is no reason why we cannot do that.”

It will be good if Newcastle can keep a clean sheet tonight, which hasn’t happened for the last 5 games and of course Tottenham have been unbeaten in their last 6 games. But we still expect Newcastle to rack up all 3 points tonight, anything less will be a disappointment.

Comments very welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Nick C

    Oct 22, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Perhaps in his heart of hearts he knows how crushingly average he is……….

  • bowsie

    Oct 22, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Well said Nick C. Steven Taylor is not the great defender we make him out to be. Though he’ll certainly improve over the next few seasons he hasn’t made the progress hoped for in the last two seasons.

    He’s got the kind of poor positioning that’s difficult to rectify. Still, Carragher and Dunne came into their own as they got older in fairness.

    But you’d have to say from the current view that Steven Taylor won’t be the great defender we hoped he would – certainly not as talented as some of his English peers were at his age (Terry, Woodgate, Ferdinand etc.)

  • indian toon

    Oct 22, 2007 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #3

    what he lacks at positioning and getting caught. he will make it by the passion thats he’s got for the club. if he’s made available by sam on jan expect the big guns to come for him.. morever he needs to play games to get his confidence back..

  • Aussie geordie

    Oct 22, 2007 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree with Indian. He has the passion and heart to play all day for the club and one of the reasons several older backs were brought in was to FINALLY bring someone who can teach our young fellas about defence. Who was there to learn from previously? Carr, Boumsong, Elliot, Bramlbe, Babyaro and some kids his own age!!! My dad once told me its sometimes better to be the worst in a group than the best because you can learn something from everyone around you. I think he was previously the best and is now one of the worse but considering one or two of those older defenders will be gone in a season or two he has massive potential and could be one of our greats. Good luck to him.

  • George

    Oct 22, 2007 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #5

    I like Steven Taylor but what i do not like is his arrogance. It is well known in the corridors of St James Park, that ST thinks he is something special, something great and struts around as if he has done it all. Hopefully SA will be able to steer this attitude in the right direction, otherwise i fear another very arrogant Rio Ferdinand in the making.

  • Alex

    Oct 22, 2007 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Its a shame that a player that everybody was calling a local hero last season, and being tipped for the very top is now being labbeld as average and arrogant.He does have a lot to learn, dont forget that for a defender he is still very young but he has the right setup around him to learn from.His positioning will get beter the longer he plays, his leadership qualities are there for all to see already.When Stuart Pearce makes him Captain then he really must have something good in his game.

  • leo

    Oct 22, 2007 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #7

    what is with the jaunts at ST he has put nothing but his heart on the sleave for newcastle, made a couple of mistakes, but he is still very young for a defender, cant believe people are trying to link him to carra and dunne, they are great defenders, but ST is still a fair way off them yet.

    he can only get better playing with such experienced defenders as cacapa faye and rozehnal

    they will all rub off on him


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