We are hoping that the Newcastle club can soon agree terms with Steven Taylor, so we can be assured that he’ll be at the club for the next several seasons.
Steven Taylor – agent negotiating new contract
Taylorâ€™s new agent Leon Angel met Newcastle’s Vice President Tony Jimenez for talks in London last Friday, but we haven’t heard any news on what happened at that first meeting.
It’s a well known fact now, that Newcastle will be run as a well-oiled business, and the current salary level of Â£70M each year is just too high.
But in the Actim statistics for the Premier League, Steven Taylor was second in the rating for Newcastle players, only to captain and England International Michael Owen, and he was Newcastle’s best defender.
That should presumably help Steven get a good deal, and we hope what’s offered to him makes him happy to stay at the club.
Steven told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œLast summer I had a week off, and then I was back into pre-season.”
â€œItâ€™ll be nice to get six weeks off. Thereâ€™s no football over the summer, so I can relax.”
“I can come back fresh and ready for next season.”
â€œYou get little niggles. You can carry on, but unfortunately for me, I got my ankle injury at the start of the season.â€
Taylorâ€™s longest spell out injured came after he dislocated his shoulder while on international duty in November, 2005.
â€œThe shoulderâ€™s OK. I always seem to fall on that side now.”
â€œIâ€™ve got to keep working on it, and for the rest of my career Iâ€™ll be doing that.â€
Steven appeared 36 times for Newcastle last season with 34 starts, so he may have finally made the break-through to the big time.
We hope he’ll be even better next season, if we are to finish 5th in the league, which is a tall order – but we can do it.