Taylor – Competition Will Make Newcastle Better

Steven Taylor is quite happy at St. James’ Park to have more experienced defenders fighting for his place at the heart of the Newcastle defense.


Steven Taylor in action – heading the ball off the line

Steven has always had a superb attitude, and we feel has often been wrongly accused in the past of being too big for his boots. Credit to his father Alf, who has kept his son’s feet firmly on the ground, and that came across big time in a recent segment on Sky Sports, on the England Under-21 captain.

Steven has Beye and Faye back for selection for tomorrow’s game against Aston Villa at Villa Park, after returning from Ghana. For the last few games Taylor and Cacapa have played in central defense, and have been playing quite well together, in what have been some tough games for the club.

Steven believes however, that there is a benefit in playing a consistent back four, in contrast to the multiple combinations Big Sam tried when he was here.

Taylor told the Sunderland Echo today:

“In recent months, there’s been a different back four every week. Now it’s settled, and the gaffer’s happy with what he’s got.”

“We’re working hard in training. The gaffer and his staff have been working a hell of a lot on us and the team’s shape.”

“We just need to be a bit more resilient, if we can, we can start keeping clean sheets.”

Taylor is quite determined to hold on to his position in the Newcastle defense. shirt and add to the 24 appearances he has made for the club this season:

“All the top clubs in the country have top players in each position, and that’s what we need at our club.”

“The competition can only make us perform better. To keep your shirt, you’ve got to perform.”

Cacapa in particular has been playing well, although he had a few hairy moments last weekend against Middlesbrough. But he did make that amazing sliding tackle late in the game, that saved Newcastle from a certain goal. Claudio also had a couple of very good games at the Emirates Stadium against top class Arsenal, and may be able to do a job for the club over the next couple of years, although he may be a little short of pace.

Steven continued:

“The gaffer’s said it takes time for foreigners to adjust, and Claudio’s still learning the English game,”

“But he’s been great to work with, as have the whole back four, especially with Carrsy talking as well. It’s a help.”

Good words from Steven, and now we need some kind of result at Villa Park tomorrow – anything that will get us some points. The very last thing we need is another defeat.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Leo*

    Feb 8, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #1

    his dad alf is an idiot, my dad knows one of the managers for jct600 in silverlink and alf stormed in with taylor saying he wanted a free car because his son is taylor. in return taylor would have their badge on the side of the car….

  • George

    Feb 8, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Leo, what you are saying about Steven Taylor is no surprise, as it is well documented in the corridors of SJP, that ST has an ego as big as the Tyne Bridge, just a pity that some of his performances did not match his ego.
    Hopefully we can get a settled defence now that the remainder of our defenders are back from Africa. With a bit of luck we may with a lot of help from above, stop letting in so many goals and get a defence to be proud of at long last.

  • Leo*

    Feb 8, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #3

    dont get me wrong, stevie was just sitting there very sheepishly embarrsed, his dad must have made him. because he apparntly didnt seem to happy about it.

    maybe thats why the contract negotiations.

    agents should be banned from football. and have one body of agents who work for a set price no matter how much the fee is etc.

  • Obafan

    Feb 8, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #4

    I hope that competiton will be Taylor on the bench. He makes too many mistakes and he thinks he is the best defender we have got.

  • Keltik

    Feb 8, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Just curious as to why you have bocked my email from posting Ed??

    i have had to change it a few times to get posts to appear.

    is it because i dont agree with you 98% of the time?

  • Keltik

    Feb 8, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #6

    ED Why wont my messages post??

    i have to keep changing my email addresses so that my posts will appear.

    is it because i disagree with you 98% of the time?

    or is it because i wont give you my main address to sell off to phishing companies?

  • nufctj

    Feb 8, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #7

    I don’t think KK is going to make any changes to the back four except for Enrique, obviously. He may put Beye in at the DCM position, to allow Emre some more freedom. Butt and Smith better be on the subs bench. Give Sea Cow Viduka the start up top with Owen.

  • CJ

    Feb 8, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #8

    How many player’s over the last few seasons have said competitoin will make us better. Better player’s will make us better.

  • CJ

    Feb 8, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Some fan’s only say Taylor is so good cos he stand’s kissing his badge and clapping the fan’s after the game he doesn’t get much stick cos he is a Geordie and is the most overrated player at the club. If he is asking for too much money sell him now.

  • Leo*

    Feb 8, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #10

    there is no evidence to slate him on asking for loads of money etc… he is on a fraction of what our other young players are getting, such as milner or nzogbia…

  • Penalty-Spot

    Feb 8, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #11

    If you’ve got a couple of hours spare listen to or watch the KK interview.

    It’s Brilliant.


  • Penalty-Spot

    Feb 8, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Ed: the interview I posted link for is brilliant….you may want to analyise it and run a thread. It’s 2 hrs long but after listening to it feel bloody brilliant.

  • hanzemre

    Feb 8, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #13

    thanks Penalty-Spot how encouraging.

  • Penalty-Spot

    Feb 8, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #14

    hanzemre: I know, he’s a hell of a speaker, very intellegent man. I love the fact we waivered his fee from Man C for a year for the clubs benefit. That kind of attitude is rare. He’ll go far with us I just know it.

  • Penalty-Spot

    Feb 8, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #15

    I said we, I meant he. 🙂

  • scott

    Feb 8, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #16

    has anyone here got myspace so i can get a few adds

  • scottish mag

    Feb 8, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #17

    keegan wants to bring henry back to the prem


  • Penalty-Spot

    Feb 8, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Yeh! Imagine that….He brought Ginola out of the cold 🙂

  • ToonKing

    Feb 8, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #19

    the Henry thing is a stupid Sly Sports bulls*it again.

    KK was asked by a fan if he could by anybody who would it be, and KK said Henry. Now Sky are running a story that KK wants Henry. Idiots.

  • Penalty-Spot

    Feb 8, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #20

    ToonKing: Yeh I know…Large North East Pie in a generally overcast sky. It’s Friday night, I’m at home…need I say more?

  • Nobby's dad

    Feb 8, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Shearer onto the coaching staff………..

  • Penalty-Spot

    Feb 8, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #22

    ToonKing: The thing about KK is that the press will fed off that interview for weeks, if not months, and all the man was being was purely honest. In a way you have to hope that playing the honesy card every time might just disable some of the tabloid boo boys? Or is that another meat/pastry product in the clear blue?


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