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.