Taylor Key Player Next Season For Newcastle


Steven Taylor has talked about the upcoming season with the Evening Chronicle today.

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Steven Taylor – holding off Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor

With just 13 senior players training yesterday, Taylor, David Edgar and Cacapa were the only central defenders present yesterday.

And with our first game at Hartlepool United a week on Saturday, Keegan may be forced to use all three defenders for that game.

Steven Taylor talked to the Evening Chronicle today on the important season coming up:

“The club is moving forward – it shows in the form guide at the end of last season.”  “At the end of the season we were performing fantastically.”

“The competition for places is second to none now.” “Everyone is fighting for that shirt for the new season.”

“And these are exciting times.”

Keegan must have been delighted that Steven signed his new 3 year lucrative contract at the club, and Steven provides the local element in the dressing room, since he’s been on Tyneside since he was 2 weeks old.

He was born down south in Greenwich, and the last time Kevin managed the club young Steven was a wide-eyed ball boy around 10 years old.

There seems no doubt that Kevin is an inspiration to the youngster, not to mention the older players who are at the club.

Steven added:

“Kevin has made a massive impact here.”  “When he first took over we had a few hard games and we couldn’t get a result.”

“But we knew once we got one result we could go on a nice run, which we did.”  “Once we got the first win under Kevin against Fulham we were playing with confidence.”

“Overall, last season was up and down. We started off OK, but then it was disappointing.”

“The last few weeks of the season were much better and just one defeat in the last eight was impressive.”

Steven will probably need to have his best season ever at the club, if we are truly to make the top six next season.

But given how the youngster excelled during the final part of the season under Kevin Keegan, we almost expect next season will be his best.

We certainly hope so.

Comments welcome.



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178 comments so far

  • 51times

    Jul 8, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Needs an experienced, commanding CB next to him so he can learn.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #2

    No he isnt.

    He’ll be on the bench.

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  • 51times

    Jul 8, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Because you’re on the coaching staff, aren’t you Tom.

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  • t-g-w

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Not if we don’t sign anyone else Tom Toon

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  • SééBéé

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #5

    I really hope he can play an important roll for us this season. I have always loved him as a player and at the end of last season he was tremendous, I hope I can show us a lot more of that this season and be a regular in Kevin’s starting line-up. I really see Steven Taylor as a future England defender.

    I also have another question, I am looking to come see a home game this season at St James Park but I was wondering how difficult it is to get a ticket as a foreigner. Has anyone here have any experience with this? If you do it would be great if you could give me some advice on how best to get a ticket way in advance (I need to book the plane tickets early because tickets to Newcastle aren’t exactly cheap.

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  • broon ale

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #6

    tom toon, i should imagine he will be on the bench providing we actually sign another centre half though.

    faye was the better of the two

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #7

    well you are counting on us signing a new CB if he isnt going to start. we might sign one but as a replacement for diatta and ramage

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  • Frankieboy

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #8

    All so far of the same opinion.If we as expected sign CB then Taylor may not be that “key” next season. Every season for next few will be a learning curve for him.

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  • broon ale

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #9

    seebee, i think you would be able to get a ticket from the stadium on the day of the game against most teams. so my advice would be to pick a game against any team except the big 4 and the local derbies and go to the ground early to purchase a ticket from the box office. Aletrnatively, reserve a ticket in advance online at nufc.co.uk . collect your ticket on the day of the game. As for accomodation i would reccomend the Malmaisson hotel on the quayside, or the copthorne also on the quayside.

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  • The real big AL

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #10

    I agree – give him his fair share of first team football but he shouldn’t be an automatic choice. john terry was never a first choice until aged 23-24. he will be a key player in our future though, definitely! love the guy – even if he does drink smirnoff ice!!!!!

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  • Spyro

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #11

    not good enough for first team at the moment, but he probably will improve.

    i want to sign another class CB to pair either Faye

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  • Bill F SPLASH MORE CASH ASH

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think KK sees him as a bench warmer and the nature of the EPL is such that I reckon most of the squad will get their chance to play. The Toon are not paying him 35k pw to do a Marcellino or a Patterson (bit of nostalgia for the older fans there)

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #13

    I’ll rephrase it:

    If we get a half decent CB, Taylor SHOULD be on the bench.

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  • Spyro

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #14

    35k, utterly ridiculous, thats what he should get AFTER proving to everyone is a class defender

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  • Davies

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Still got a lot to learn, but he’ll be class one day. Worth keeping him I reckon, so good business by the club, and well done to Ashley for stepping in to get the lad sorted out.

    Just a little polish and he will shine.

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  • 51times

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Spyro – What is 35k in modern wages?

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  • LondonToon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #17

    I like Taylor. Granted, he is prone to a few mistakes and still has a lot to learn, but he plays with his heart and is by no means the finished article.

    That said, I do think we need another CB, one that will be the definite first choice a la Woodgate. Someone who can calm down the
    other defenders and the rest of the team. Faye looked shakey at first but I’d definitely keep him, he’s probably better than Taylor at the moment anyway.

    Also like the look of Jonny Evans.

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #18

    If Keegan plays with the same attacking intent as 1st time around we won’t need world class defenders. Let’s be offensive !!!!! No – I don’t mean it that way Ed – don’t worry.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #19

    IMO, we need 2 CB and a LB? GEREMI would be I suppose cover for beye, J. Evans would be a good signing for his age and potential + we need a top quality experienced CB to comand the back 4!! I would try and sign Bridge to give Enrique compatition!!!

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  • Spyro

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #20

    35k is what Modric is on at Spurs, and Adebayor is on at Arsenal.

    I do not feel Taylor is anywhere near the quality of those two players on his best day, and he just had a poor season, i said it before that he will probably improve. But if he does and in 2 yrs we go to sign him on a new contract, what will he demand then? 60k?

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  • Leo

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #21

    well he seems very confident indeed, either the kevolution is working on him, or keegan has told him who is signing because

    competition for places? eh

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  • LondonToon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #22

    I see your point Spyro, it’s a fair one. But those two players are special cases (Adebayor and Modric), and most players of lesser quality these days get paid a lot more than that. Just think of the ridiculous wages down at West Ham!

    Taylor probably thought he deserved the same as the other young stars at Newcastle, Milner and N’Zogbia, and I think that’s fair, not to mention the likes of Smith and Duff being on 60-70k a week.

    Of course, 35 thousand pounds a week is ridiculous for anyone, I mean we know footballers are vastly overpaid. But that’s a different argument.

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  • Bill F SPLASH MORE CASH ASH

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #23

    So what should they pay him, he has been a first team squad player for at least 3 years and probably played more than any other defender in that time. Ok he had a tough season last year but so did most of the team, he has still been one of the best players over the time he has been in the team. Just what do people want from what is still a novice player in experience terms who is punching above his weight.

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  • Spyro

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Taylor should be on 20k-25k max

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  • shirts

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Frankly, I thought Cacapa and Faye were better in the middle. Though Cacapa’s slow, his positioning is superb. He had that abject implosion against Pompey (was it?) but otherwise, he played really well. That said, he’s old now. Maybe just having him around Taylor will rub off. Taylor seems to make bizarre choices and mistakes sometimes. Is it just his youth?

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  • Taiwantoon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #26

    So he is talking about next season again?

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  • Ben K

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #27

    Does Taylor really drink Smirnoff ice? If so, we should sack him before Barton, who at least drinks lager (albeit way too much of it, but still).

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #28

    SIR LES HAS RE-JOINED NUFC!!! GREAT NEWS!!!! ON THE NUFC SITE!!!

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  • Ashton

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Just sign Amorebieta 🙂

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  • DanToon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #30

    We need two players for every position, i think with a few signings we could have two very good player for every position…

    ……………………………Given/Harper

    Baye/Geremi . Faye/Evans . Collocini/Taylor . Enrique/Rat

    ……….Larsson/Milner . Inler/Butt . Gutirrez/N’Zogbia

    ……………………….Owen/Aimar

    ……………Ashton/Viduka . Martins/Durdyok

    Sell the rest not involved = Good Squad (imo)

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Sorry lads, miss read! But he would be a great addition to the coach’n staff

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  • broon ale

    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #32

    prawn sarnies! what you talking about?

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 8, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Sorry Broonale, I hurd Sir les was joining the coaching staff! but I just misread an article?

    SORRY again!!!

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  • broon ale

    Jul 8, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #34

    no need to apologise. after i posted i worked out what you had done and then we posted at the same time.

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  • spanishtoon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #35

    we have signed danquah….check news now

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  • micepie

    Jul 8, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Sorry to be off-topic but what’s this! Oh, I see Spanish Toon mentions it too…

    NEWCASTLE (SW) – Newcastle United have signed the young Frank Wiafe Danquah, who last season attracted attention by becoming top scorer for the club’s reserve team.

    The player signed a contract for the coming two seasons.

    Wiafe Danquah, born in Ghana, began in the youth teams of Ajax Amsterdam in the Netherlands. After a spell at First Division side FC Omniworld he was given a trial by Newcastle.

    Last year he was selected for the A-squad once, but was left on the bench for the match with Everton.

    The 18-year-old also has a Dutch passport, and wants to try and conquer a spot in the Dutch U-19 squad

    Off Soccerway.com ??

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  • Kash2

    Jul 8, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #37

    I like Ashton, but he ain’t gonna sign. We’ll be keeping Cacapa as we need experienced cover and KK likes him. I don’t think Larsson will come, not for the money touted. And I think BArton will get another chance too!

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  • Bill F SPLASH MORE CASH ASH

    Jul 8, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #38

    I thought Danquah was a toon player anyway, hardly the big signing we are all waiting for.

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  • Kash2

    Jul 8, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Danquah is a reserve player!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Danquah has been with us 2 years.

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