Taylor Not For Sale – But Needs New Contract

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has moved quickly to tell clubs that our young local center-back, Steven Taylor, is not for sale.


Steven Taylor – very important player for Newcastle

Tottenham are believed to be ready to bid for the England Under-21 captain Steven Taylor, after they got no joy from their inquiry to Middlesbrough over England International Jonathan Woodgate.

Allardyce told the Evening Chronicle today:

“While they say everybody has got his price, I can tell them that Steven Taylor is not for sale.”

Taylor still has not agreed a new contract with the club which he signed professionals forms for when he was 17 years-old. He has emerged from our academy, and of course is a local lad who used to be a ball boy at the club in the Kevin Keegan days.

And it’s been interesting that in the last several games Sam has played Steven at the center of Newcastle’s defense, even though other central defenders have been available. We thouhg SDteven would replace Habib Beye at right back on Sunday, when he wasn’t available last Sunday.

Steven has looked a stronger and safer defender in the last 4 games or so and he seems to have made good progress under Big Sam. In fact, Faye and Taylor were just magnificent on Sunday and you could hardly ask for more from the two of them against Stoke City, and yes they had some luck too.

While it may be scary to think about, Steven will only get better as he gets older, and he’s down to earth enough to know he still has a lot to learn in the game.

Sign him quick before a bid comes in that might justify selling him. That’s the very last thing we want to do.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Grambo

    Jan 9, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Great potential – future captain of the club.

    How great would it be to have taylor at the back and Carrick in front of him.

    Then a creative player given some freedom!

  • James

    Jan 9, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Mort won’t let him go but he also won’t be held to Ransom by his Agent asking for too much money. They will eventually sort it out in the summer and tie him to the club for years to come.

    Fat Sam didn’t like him at first because in fairness he wasn’t great last season. It was only Bramble being so bad that let him off the hook. But this year with better defenders around him he has been a class act.

  • Ross

    Jan 9, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    along with carroll and others he’s the future of our club. he needs to stay, simple as.
    he’s a local lad and he’ll wear our armband one day without doubt.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 9, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Carrick infront of the back 4 being a defensive midfielder would be hell.

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 9, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #5

    This is getting ridiculous,we have to sign him up.hes the best player to come through the ranks in last 6 years.If he goes for free in the summer il be gutted.

  • SuperShearer

    Jan 9, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Players like Taylor and Carrol are the roots of this club and we need to hold onto them as hard as we can. Nothing short of £20 million would compensate for the loss of Taylor and to other clubs he simply isn’t worth that. To us as a Newcastle fan and local lad he is worth his weight in gold, silver and any other valuable metal you care to mention. Give him a new contract he is our John Terry. And while we’re at it give Carrol a run in the first team, he could be the target man Sam so desperately needs to play his mundane long balls.

  • Tez131

    Jan 9, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Apparently we have our third youngster in the bag.

    Hungarian Under-19 international Tamas Kadar was in the stands to watch the reserves play and it is reported he could finialise the deal today.

  • James

    Jan 9, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Sam has just told the Chronicle that Martins and Taylor will not be sold:


  • Bill F

    Jan 9, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #9

    IF I was Taylor I would want and expect parity with the other first team players in the squad. If he didn’t get it and left us I would expect to see Sam following him tied to a cattle waggon and tarred and feathered.

    PS I would want to be in the squad that did it.

  • Graeme

    Jan 9, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Just cant see Taylor leaving. He probably isnt worth as much as he (or his Dad) thinks he is – yet!!

    We need to give him a good contract now, that will allow his progress to be recognised and that will continue to improve as he does. Mort just wont allow it to go on too long, thats for sure.

  • john

    Jan 9, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #11

    theres no way taylor will leave he has already said himself

  • dave

    Jan 9, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #12

    taylors father probably did the lad no favours in thr summer but big sam should take a long look at the guys he’s brought in on big bucks and look at the commitment of taylor he should be on parity if not more than these other guys who are far too often strengthening the reserves

  • john

    Jan 9, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #13

    got to admitmit it is a bit sad we have to sign young players cos the players at the academy obviously arent good enough.

  • Leo

    Jan 9, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #14

    good. its not good however just talking about his new contract, it has to be offered for him to accept it. make it a decent one also. just because he is a geordie doesnt mean he will accept the scraps…

  • Petworth Mag

    Jan 9, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Hey Im loving the Carrick shouts, we def missed on signing him when he moved to spurs but if there is any chance of bringing him home then lets do it.

    Also, Diaby unsettled? Get him in. I’ll take Diaby or Diarra and Carrick

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 9, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #16

    diaby is shocking, i like diarra and carrick but we could do better for the price their respected clubs would want.

  • James

    Jan 9, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #17

    According to Bobby Robson’s book he was offered Carrick for £2.5 million when he was at West Ham, and turned it down because he didn’t rate him. In fairness to Bobby he said it was a mistake and he should’ve brought him to the club.


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