Steven Taylor has talked about the upcoming season with the Evening Chronicle today.
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:
â€œThe club is moving forward â€“ it shows in the form guide at the end of last season.”Â â€œAt the end of the season we were performing fantastically.”
â€œThe competition for places is second to none now.” â€œEveryone is fighting for that shirt for the new season.”
â€œAnd these are exciting times.â€
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.
â€œKevin has made a massive impact here.”Â â€œWhen he first took over we had a few hard games and we couldnâ€™t get a result.”
â€œBut we knew once we got one result we could go on a nice run, which we did.”Â â€œOnce we got the first win under Kevin against Fulham we were playing with confidence.â€
â€œOverall, last season was up and down. We started off OK, but then it was disappointing.”
â€œThe last few weeks of the season were much better and just one defeat in the last eight was impressive.â€
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.