Sam Allardyce has talked today about the deficiencies in one of his top young players, Steven Taylor.
Sam was unhappy at Steven’s poor performance in central defense against Manchester City when we gave up two poor goals especially the second, when the 21 year-old Taylor was clearly at fault.
Sam is talking openly about the challenge young Taylor faces to get back into the first team at Newcastle.
Steven Taylor – England Under-21 International still has lots to learn about the game
Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œSteven has been disappointed â€“ thereâ€™s no doubt about that,â€ â€œHe loves football and he comes in and trains his hardest every morning. He isnâ€™t showing his disappointment in training, thatâ€™s for sure, but he will be very frustrated at the moment.â€
â€œItâ€™s not about me dropping players, itâ€™s about players dropping themselves because they played poorly at Manchester City. If you play that badly, youâ€™re likely to lose your shirt. Thatâ€™s not just Steven Taylor â€“ thatâ€™s most of the back four on that day.”
“Players have got to realize that when Iâ€™ve got a full squad available, one poor performance can cost you your place in the team. Itâ€™s frustrating and disappointing for the players in question. But thatâ€™s the nature of the game these days.â€
Allardyce was really annoyed at the defense after the Manchester City game and he dropped both Taylor and Rozehnal, the central defensive pair that day, for the next game at Everton.
Only Senegalese international Habib Beye survived Samâ€™s axe and now CaÃ§apa and Abdoulaye Faye have formed a good partnership at the back and Newcastle have won both their last two games.
CaÃ§apa has looked great particularly strong for Newcastle, and his European experience as Lyon captain is starting to pay dividends at Newcastle, and his goal on Monday night was great to see.
However, although the Brazilian has repleaced Taylor, Sam is hoping Cacapaâ€™s experience will rub off on young Taylor, who we all know still has a lot to learn at the back.
â€œYou have to be able to read the game well, itâ€™s the biggest thing to learn as a young defender,â€ â€œYou cannot just be relying on your physical qualities to get you out of trouble. You have to learn the game.â€
â€œThe perfect example for Steven, the player for him to watch would be Claudio.â€
â€œClaudioâ€™s not as quick as Steven and heâ€™s not as young as Steven. But his brain puts him in positions that mean he can nip the danger in the bud before the forward has even got there. He makes it look so simple. But itâ€™s a difficult thing to pick up, reading the game, and thatâ€™s what Steven must do.â€
â€œI think basic repetitive training is the answer â€“ particularly for defenders. No disrespect to previous Newcastle managers. But that hasnâ€™t happened in the past here.â€
This will be touch for young Taylor, having being lauded so much during the last 2 years for his ability and now falling out of favor with Big Sam.Â Taylor faces a personal challenge here. It will certainly test the young man, but we think Steven is big enough to come through this â€“ and heâ€™ll be so much better because of it, if he heeds Big Samâ€™s words.Â We think he will do just that because Sam’s got his football interests at heart, and Steven knows that.
One thing Steven can be sure about â€“ Sam knows what he’s talking about – and we’re sure Steven knows that too.