22 year-old local lad Steven Taylor has tried to wake up some of his team mates to the distinct possibility the club may be relegated in May.
Steven Taylor– rallying call to some of his comatose team mates
Steven spoke today about what’s needed for his home town club to stay up:
â€œIt has been difficult, but we now have to look to our fighting spirit.â€ â€œThat is what we need to do from now until the end of the season.â€ â€œIt is a real test of character, and we have to show just how much it means to everybody.â€
â€œWe have to show just what it means to pull on a black-and-white jersey and it is up to the players who get the chance to show some passion.â€
â€œWe need to show the fans just how much it means to play for this club, because at the end of the day that is all it boils down to.â€
â€œIt has come to the stage now where we know we are not in the best position.â€ â€œWe have to look at ourselves in the mirror and try and put things right.â€
â€œThere is no point in looking for excuses.â€ â€œWe need to go out and fight as a team and not on single terms.â€ â€œIn recent weeks I donâ€™t think we have done that.â€
â€œThe Blackburn game was the closest we have come to battling for each other.â€ â€œAt Anfield we did well for 42 minutes but Liverpool got that bounce with the freak goal.â€
â€œWe had the Liverpool fans quiet. which does not normally happen.â€ â€œWe went there to try to get a point, but it did not work out for us.â€
â€œWe now have to go out on the training ground and work on it and put this to bed. It will be tough, but we know we have the players to do it.â€ â€œWe have players who have played in all kinds of situations.â€
â€œWe have players who have played in the Champions League and the World Cup.â€ â€œWe have to make that show and every one of the final nine games is a massive game for us now.â€
We appreciate what Steven is trying to do here. But he’s not one of the players we are worried about in terms of effort, although his recent play hasn’t been up to his best standards of the season, as many of our readers have rightly pointed out.
But we want to see the players do their talking on the pitch. As Bob Moncur so rightly said yesterday, talk is cheap.
The players need to show pride and passion on the field.
When they do that we’ll acknowledge it – but it’s been a long long time since a talented Newcastle United side like we have has struggled so much to produce 100% effort in their games.
We’ll have to unload quite a few of these stars in the summer, that’s an absolute certainty. Kevin may have to bring in more than 5 players too, once he’s unloaded those that deserve to be dispatched out of the club in the summer.
One of our avid readers recently identified 10 players to go and 10 that can come in to replace them – it looked great to us.
We assume those Newcastle players know who they are, and they will at least be trying a lot harder in our last 11 games.
But we’ll just have to wait see, and we’re not holding our breath because of all the disappointments we’ve had to endure lately.
In fact, the brutal and unvarnished truth is we’re disgusted with the efforts of some of our players since Kevin arrived.Â Â 🙁