Itâ€™s being reported in the Sunday Mirror this morning that Sam Allardyce has held emergency clear the air talks with his young England Under-21 captain and center-back Steven Taylor.
Sam talked last week about the abysmal defending against Manchester City and seemed to single out Steven for having a really poor game. But those words may have been misinterpreted in the Taylor camp as suggesting Steven doesnâ€™t have a future at Newcastle.
Sam has moved quickly to dispel that thinking.
Steven Taylor – didn’t even make the bench in last two games
The Newcastle manager has admitted he used the word â€œcrapâ€ to label Stevenâ€™s performance that day but has insisted it was meant to be a general description of Newcastleâ€™s inept defending, and had not been directed specifically young Taylor.
Allardyce insisted that he believes Taylor has a great future at St. James’ Park, despite his rejection of a five-year contract recently which was labeled as inadequate and disappointing by his father and agent.
Allardyce said yesterday:
“The remark was misinterpreted and singled out for one individual player. I don’t deny I used the word, but it was about the defending in general, not one individual.â€
“I said it wasn’t just Steven Taylor, it was the whole of the back four.â€
“Steven will be disappointed that he hasn’t been in the team the last couple of games. I expect everyone who isn’t in the team to be disappointed, but he is working hard in training and waiting for his chance.”
“He is a great lad, a nice young age and he has a massive future. That future should be at Newcastle United.”
Samâ€™s clarification should give young Taylor some comfort who yesterday for the second game running found himself out of the Newcastle 16 for the game and he watched the game from the stands.
But Taylor will be hoping that contract negotiations can be resumed and finalized after his father and agent, Alf, rejected the first offer, thought to be around Â£1M/year.
A friend of the Newcastle youngster then told the Sunday Mirror:
“The only club Steven wants to play for is Newcastle. He is black and white through and through.â€
“He was disappointed to read the headlines and what seemed to be a public condemnation of his display.â€
“Coming on top of the manager questioning whether Steven was ready to step up to the full England side it has left him it has left him wondering whether he has a long-term future at Newcastle.”
If Sam doesnâ€™t see Taylor in his long term plans there are plenty of clubs only too willing to take the England Under-21 captain off our hands. Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Portsmouth are four clubs that would be very interested in the youngster.
With yesterdayâ€™s abysmal performance in the defense Steven should take some heart because some heads should roll because of yesterdayâ€™s performance if Sam is to be seen as being consistent.
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