Steven Taylor has warned his friend Michael Chropra that he’s in for a rough reception from the Newcastle crowd on Sunday.
Michael Chopra – local lad who never made it at Newcastle
Steven Taylor talked about Michael Chopra today:
â€œIâ€™ve spoken to Michael a few times this season and Iâ€™m sure heâ€™ll be looking forward to coming back.â€ â€œBut I just hope he knows what heâ€™s got coming to him.”
â€œIt wonâ€™t be a happy return for him â€“ in fact, it could be a fairly rough reception from his point of view, but thatâ€™s what playing in a derby is all about.â€
â€œHe did well for Newcastle when he was here, but thatâ€™s all forgotten once he pulls on a Sunderland strip. Weâ€™re focused on what we want to do â€“ and thatâ€™s beating Sunderland.â€
Michael of course went to Gosforth High School like Alan Shearer, and played for every England team up to Under-21, but when he got to around 20 years old he just couldn’t make that final leap into Newcastle’s first team.
He was transferred to Cardiff City and then after one season there joined Sunderland last season for a reported fee of around Â£5M, which seemed quite high. But he hasn’t quite hit it off at Sunderland, although he still gets regular playing time. He’s appeared 28 times for Sunderland this season and scored 5 goals.
It just shows how a teenager who looks all over like being a huge future star, can fall by the wayside, for whatever reason. Don’t get us wrong, Michael is still a good player and could come good again, but he hasn’t fulfilled his initial promise.
And he hardly deserves a rough reception from the Newcastle crowd since he wanted more than anything to get a contract at Newcastle but only a one year deal was offered which is why he decided to finally leave his home town club, a couple of seasons ago.
That hardly deserves a rough reception, but there again, he is playing for Sunderland now.