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.â€
“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.â€
“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.â€
“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.
“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.