Steven Taylor has started to play extremely well for Newcastle in the last few games and we expect him to start with Claudio Cacapa tomorrow at the center of Newcastle’s defense against bottom-placed Derby County. But what’s going on with his contract?
Steven Taylor - playing against Holland for England Under-21s this summer
Two of our other 21 year-old young stars signed their contracts months ago. James Milner signed in mid-July, and Charles N’Zigbia signed in early September, Both contracts are long term will keep the boys at the Tyneside club for at least the next 5 years.
It was way back in early September when Alf Taylor, Steven’s father and acting as his son’s agent, rejected the initial offer from Newcastle. At the time Alf went to the media, and called the contract offer completely inadequate. Then Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort tried to quell the bad publicity surrounding the news, and said he would personally get involved in the negotiations.
But we haven’t heard anything more about it. Certainly, since that time Steven has started to play extremely well for the club, and remains one of Newcastle brightest prospects, and of course he is a local lad. Steven is captain of the England Under-21 team, and will likely remain in that role for the next 18 months through to the European Under-21 Championship finals in Sweden in the summer of 2009.
It turns out that Steven has 18 months left on his current contract at Newcastle, which is said to be around Â£10K/week. We’d really like to hear what the status is with Steven’s contract, although to Steven’s credit, he hasn’t let the dispute affect his play one little bit. But still, we’d like to have Steven tied up at Newcastle for at least the next 5 years. Other Premiership clubs like Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool would be only be too willing to take him off our hands, he’s that good of a prospect.
It would be appropriate at this time if the club can give us an update on the status of Steven’s contract negotiations.
What do you think?
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