Taylor: Owen As Important To Newcastle As Shearer

Steven Taylor recently signed a much improved contract with Newcastle, after showing extreme patience last season, and not letting the concern of his contract affect his play in any way.


Steven Taylor – offers his support to captain Michael Owen

That showed some Newcastle fans that Steven is maturing, and we know he still has a long way to go to become the finished product but under Kevin Keegan last season he started to look an extremely solid player at the back for us.

Steven has today come out in support of his captain Michael Owen, and as we reported earlier today, the news on Michael’s contract negotiations doesn’t look too good, and it would be a tragedy if we cannot hold on to the England International.

Taylor is certainly hoping his captain stays, as he believes the experienced England International is as vital to the club as Alan Shearer was, when Alan was captain.

Steven talked to The Sun today:

“Michael Owen is as important as Alan Shearer was for Newcastle,” “His record speaks for itself and it is vital he stays with us.”

“Just one look at his record shows you how key a player is. I want him to stay and hopefully everyone can come to some sort of agreement.”

“Does he want to stay? That is something for Michael to answer but he knows how much we value him. The man is a goal machine.”

Newcastle fans are due some good news on both the transfer front and the contract front, since the summer has hardly set the fans alight, at least so far.

We would have hoped the club may have made an exception to their contract rules with Michael, since Kevin Keegan has been stalwart in his support of his captain and vice versa.

We need to sign a couple of good players, and hopefully defenders very soon, as Keegan has said he wants them in before the team travels to Mallorca next week.

And some better news on Michael’s contract negotiations would also be good.

Just 36 days to go in the transfer window.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • John

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    If only there was a clause in Taylor’s contract insisting he keeps his gob shut. I’m sure his comments are well intentioned but I can’t really think his opinion means that much to Owen!

  • stumpofthetoon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    shut up taylor u no nothing shearer was a propper player not just out 4 wot he could get. taylor loves his little coments to get in the cronicle

  • Danish_Magpie

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Just stumbled upon this:


    He may be good with a football, but I’m glad Newcastle players don’t run around in those shorts…

    PS: Relatively funny mental image of Faye in those shorts..

  • seetow

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    i’m guessing he’s best friends with anal oliver

  • Malaysian Toon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    I do rate Taylor as a player with potential but for shit’s sake will he just shut up already.
    He might as well go around with a sign around his neck saying “Will do anything for a chance to get in the news”.

  • Danish_Magpie

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Btw guys, I don’t think these are bad comments from Taylor… Just tryiing to make MO feel important, and hoping to convince hiim to sign..

  • Seymour Butts

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    oh thanks danish magpie think i’m scarred for life! lol in regards to taylor – is he the official spokesman or something? seems to spend more time doing interviews than playing football.

  • euanpolo

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Why is everyone reacting so badly to Taylor’s comments? We need Owen to stay and he recognises that. I agree with Danish_Magpie.

  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    we’re f*uked without owen, simple as that, thers no comparison between him and shearer, but now owen is our main man just lyk shearer was a few years ago, we need him

  • beessi

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    are taylor joking?

  • Irish John

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #11

    I agree with Taylor. Don’t get me wrong Owen is definatley not going to be a Legend like shearer but none the less he is vital for this team and if he left it would be a nightmare..He could start talking to other clubs in January…

    I think Taylor was just stressing the point off getting him signed up..And at the end off the day he’s world class and the way things are going doesn’t look like we are going to be able to attract world class players this window at least..

  • Whumpie

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    I think everyone’s right, including Taylor. He should lay off the interviews simply because he’s young and is bound to put his foot in it now and again – especially given the games the London press like to play with NUFC and others.

    But he is right (if a bit obvious) on this one – the club needs to hammer out that deal or he’s gone.

  • Leo

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    it just gives owen more amunision to fire when he is trying to get his disgraceful wage amounts

    im not just having a go at owen, all footballers are the same these days

  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Taylor summed it up nicely “His record speaks for itself”

    ….It does – He’s always got an injury and never plays!
    Owen shafted Liverpool in the exact same way that he is treating Newcastle.

  • Michael12

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #15

    Well Sell him now and bring in Santa cruz. This is trouble, even if we decide to sell Owen now we would not fetch a decent sum for him. We paid 16 Million and cannot sell him for more that 3 or 4 Million now due to the fact that clubs need only wait till the end of the season to get him.

    They will improve their offer

  • Eric

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #16

    Don´t understand why people are so negative about Taylor talking to the press? I for one would love if all the players could offer as much time as he!

    Talk about making a problem out of nothing!!!

  • clinta

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #17

    just one look at his record of playing for the toon, doesn’t really light the world on fire though does it?

    that’s a big call steve and he’s never going to contribute anywhere near what shearer did at the club.

    can’t see them ripping down the shearers sign at the front of the stadium and replacing it with an OWENS one any time soon!

  • Taiwantoon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #18


    Cos he talks to the press too much and most fans would want a player who at their early 20 to concerntrate on their own games.

  • Shearer#1

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Not in the same class as Shearer but still the only world class player we’ve got. Get his contract sorted Ashley! There’s 3 weeks to go to the start of the season & we’re not even being linked with players. Why don’t we Sign SWP & Moutinho before Pompey & Everton do?

  • beye the great

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #20

    get off taylors bk he is a good player with international potential yes he may just be trying to get in the news but lay off him he is young and is bound tro make mitakes on and off the pitch some day he will become a legend and quiyte posibley future captain

  • Incognito

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #21

    I agree with Taylor, but I just wish the lad would shut up. It’s so cocky that he thinks his opinion counts so much.

  • Oga

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Why is this idiot still talking?

    If he used the time he spent talking to the press, into some constructive training, he might have become an average player.

    Learn to play football before you run your mouth!

  • Ricky

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #23

    Owen is good, Shearer is a legend,that’s it.

  • Jimi

    Jul 26, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #24

    That’s it, can’t stand it anymore!! All I seem to do on this site these days is try and stick up for our players..I can’t even be arsed anymore, it’s futile, ******* fans??!! For ***** sake…Calling Taylor an idiot for talking to the press man??? Everyone’s been complaining how quiet everyone’s been!!
    Isn’t it nice to hear a bit of team spirit from the lads? We don’t own Owen, he plays for our football team. Shearer was one in a million. There’s not gonna be to many legends who’ll turn down Man U for a lesser achieving team is there? What would you guys do if you went to work and your boss opened talks regarding pay? Accept a pay cut? Haha….Yeah right you would. You’d do your best do get what you possibly could for yourself and your family….. Owen is class, his record speaks for itself. Okay, injuries? Look at his ratio. He aint a sicknote, he’s just had an unlucky couple of years which even at the end showed his class against the odds. I don’t mind constructive critisism, everyone is entitled to their opinion but we’re the best fans in the world for ***** sake…get behind our players you little whining girls!!!

  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 26, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Taylor has an awul lot to say. He should just shut it and concentrate on beign a half way decent defender. Taylor is nowhere near as good as Kadar or Edgar and now he has his contract, should keep his nose out of other business.

  • Incognito

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #26

    Jimi, talking to the Chronicle is Taylor’s second job; he never shuts up. The worst thing is seeing his ramblings just before a match printed in some rag, just for him to come on the pitch and play crap football – then pointing the blame at the nearest bloke for his mistakes.

    Our footballers should do the talking on the pitch. Leave it to the manager.

  • Reb

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #27

    What’s ironic is that the same fans slag Owen off for NOT talking to the press!

    I don’t think Taylor was comparing Shearer and Owen as players, either. Just that Owen is as important to this team as Shearer was to the earlier squads — the main supplier of goals, and is captain. It’s a sound comparison, imo.

  • Ricky

    Jul 27, 2008 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #28

    owen and SHEARER can never be mentioned in the same breathe! Besides the skills,owen never seems to be a faithful man. He JUST left Liverpool. I don’t know what Taylor was thinking about…


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