Taylor Happy To Get Summer Rest

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

Taylor’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 £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:

“Last summer I had a week off, and then I was back into pre-season.”

“It’ll be nice to get six weeks off. There’s no football over the summer, so I can relax.”

“I can come back fresh and ready for next season.”

“You get little niggles. You can carry on, but unfortunately for me, I got my ankle injury at the start of the season.”

Taylor’s longest spell out injured came after he dislocated his shoulder while on international duty in November, 2005.

Steven added:

“The shoulder’s OK. I always seem to fall on that side now.”

“I’ve got to keep working on it, and for the rest of my career I’ll be doing that.”

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.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • bailey

    May 16, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #1

    A rest from what – making us wish for a decent centre half.

  • Leo

    May 16, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #2

    wow ed someone is working hard today, them articles are reeling off.

    i remember when he went up against wigan at st james park and heskey ran into his lets when he was in air trying to head the ball

    he dropped straight on his neck everyone took a massive gasp of air in the croud and shortly after a bit of a rub with the magic spunge he is back on running around making tackles, he is unbelievable, also a good player

  • Graeme

    May 16, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #3

    He’s a long way from the finished article, but has great potential. I hope he fulfills it at SJP.

  • scottish mag

    May 16, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #4

    amara diane is denying quotes quotes that he said he wanted to join nufc


  • Ross

    May 16, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #5

    he thinks he is too good, which he’s not for starters. i do believe he has the potential to become a great defender, but he needs someone like sol campbell to knock him of his high horse and teach him the game. you can tell he played along side bramble for a few years, as his style of play is very similar. i dont think he has got the right attitude at the minute to fulfil his pontential.

  • ObaFan2

    May 16, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Potential, thats been said for many a year now. He has improved this season but is still prone to major mistakes and poor play.

    Next season I believe will show if he is to be a great defender and hope he does live up to his “potential”.

    The last couple of months our defence of Baye, Taylor, Faye and Enrique played much better and actually looked like a defensive unit for the first time in a long long time.

  • beattie

    May 16, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #7

    I think dunne could be a good signing to ‘teach him the game’

  • Scott H11

    May 16, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #8

    We need to add at least one world class CB and if Taylor must play then so be it. Imo Edgar proved after only a few games that he is very capable back up right across the back four. There has been talk that Taylor and Edgar could make a fine CB partnership but its too soon to say at the moment.

  • Pete

    May 16, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Why can’t I comment ?

  • Eric

    May 16, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Agree with Ross. We need Sol Campbell – not just to rub something into or onto Taylor, but to steady the defence anyway for a while. Taylor has a way to go yet. I think he will make it but if he does not improve this season I think he will be another average EPL player.

  • Stami

    May 16, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #13

    SHO!!! everyone’s so negative today!!! LETS HEAR IT FOR THE TOON! HOWAY THE LADS!!!!

  • TomPoon

    May 16, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #14



    May 16, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #15


    Miguel Veloso
    Shaun Wright-Phillips
    Adam Johnson (Watch him he is class, Spurs want him)
    Richard Dunne
    Nicky Shorey
    Nickolas Anelka (Unrealistic, But Chelsea apparently arent impressed so…)



    In addition to Carr, Ramage, Diatta who have left already

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 16, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #16

    craigg- i quite like them signings you have suggestes especially my faviourite player veloso. but im more pleased you recognise the ability of that smoggy, i like johnson alot its just a shame that boro are going to chose downing ahead of him every time on the left, he is going to be a better player than zogs, and is english, we should snap him up

  • Bill F

    May 16, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Beattie I can just see Dunne doing some teaching.

    Right lad if they get past you then this is how you foul them , …………………………………Bloody hell Carr’y slow down mate I’m trying to show the kid something, pant, wheeze.


    May 16, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Geordie Gerrard7

    I first saw Johnson on loan at Watford this season when he scored a load and when he came on against us at SJP he scared the crap out of me everytime he gets the ball you think something will happen

    But last night he really impressed me for the U21s he was terrific

    Smith and £4m should do it!

  • ScottyT

    May 16, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #19

    i would add arshavin to that list of signings.

    has been very impressive in the uefa cup games this season and can create which is what we need.

  • HeronMag

    May 16, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Got to agree with you CraigG.

    I’ve watched Johnson a few times for the smoggies the under 21’s and I’ve been very impressed every single time.

    Whether or not I think we should bid for him very much depends upon N’Zogbia’s attitude over the summer. I reckon could be as good as anyone if he gets his head down.

    Johnson seems to have the right attitude and has remained committed to the Smoggies despite Downing dominating their left side (Zog could learn a thing or two).

    But I don’t think Southgate will let him go for cheap. I actually think he has a good eye for talent (I admit I rate Alves very highly and was gutted when they signed him) and I think he’ll realise just how good this kid’s going to be.

    I hope KK knows about him…

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 16, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #21

    heronmag, i also agree with the alves deal, i was indeed very jelous that they got him. he is a good player but i think southgate is a rat still

  • Charlie Bucket

    May 16, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Steven Taylor is a good young defender and I’d prefer it if we could tie him down, but he needs to keep improving to fulfil his potential.

    At centre back we have Abdoulaye Faye, Steven Taylor, young David Edgar and Habib Beye who can also play there. I agree with some that it would be good to sign a top quality defender to augment those players.

  • Ashton

    May 16, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #23


    it says that arda turan will probably sign for us for 16 million dollars !

  • JC

    May 16, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Ashton, wat does that link translate to?

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 16, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #25

    turkish is the hardest language to translate along with russian, i really hope we get this lad, but everyone knows wich player i want us to sign and i think it should be our priority, i would say that turan is exactly the same type of player as nani. does anyone know what his set pieces are like?

  • JC

    May 16, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m only just on who is he?

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 16, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #27

    the young turkish cristiano ronaldo

  • Tommy

    May 17, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #28

    Am I the only one who’s really not that bothered about Taylor? I think he’s good and can get better, just think he’s got a bit of a superiority complex.. Mind you, I think I would have if I played alongside Bramble and Boumsong..

    I’ve not seen Johnson yet, but if you lads on here are saying he’s good then I can’t argue.. Credit where credit is due, the Smoggies have produced some good young talent over the last few years..


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