We’ve heard today that Newcastle are keen to tie down at least a couple of their stars players in Michael Owen and Oba Martins, but we still have no news on what the club plans to do with 22 year-old local lad Steven Taylor.
Steven Taylor – what’s status of his contract talks?
As a level set the club did say they wouldn’t talk about any new contracts until we were completely safe from relegation, which now seems to be the case. Of course there was a lot of ballyhoo last September when Steven’s father Alf, who is acting as his son’s agent, said that Newcastle’s offer to Steven just wasn’t good enough.
That amount was said to be Â£1M/year but it’s hard to know exactly what the details of anybody’s contract really are. However, it does look like both James Milner and Charles N’Zogbia, who are about the same age and have about the same number of games at the club, got better offers than Steven.
Taylor has come out many times to say he doesn’t want to play for any other club than Newcastle, so we’re at a bit of a loss as to why this thing has dragged on for so long. Chairman Chris Mort did say last September he would get personally involved to sort the contract out, but nothing has really happened since.
If all is OK we would expect news in the next week or so that the contract is being renegotiated. It doesn’t hurt Steven that he has been a regular under Kevin Keegan, and is now playing very solidly at the back with Abdoulaye Faye. And the team has also recorded 3 clean sheets in the last 5 games which augers very well for next season.
Steven of course was brought up in Whitley Bay and played for Monkseaton High School, and his parents moved to the area from Greenwich when he was just 2 weeks old – so we think he just about qualifies as a Geordie. 😀
We think Steven is a good lad and a potentially excellent player for Newcastle, and we’d like to see him signed sooner, rather than later.
What do you think?
Comments and opinions very welcome.