Newcastle Look Solid In Defense For Once

Kevin Keegan mauy have solved our long standing defensive problems, given the strong display of Steven Taylor on Sunday, and the obvious class that Coloccini will bring to the team, after a solid first outing at Old Trafford.


Kevin Keegan – brought in some class so far in the summer

While a little shaky at the start, Coloccini did what he had to do on Sunday in the game, and contributed to the win for the lads, which was a sign of a very good and committed player.

And Kevin was asked by the Newcastle Journal today about Newcastle’s long search for a good defenders over the years:

“They have tried to get a few but for one reason or another it has not worked, but I think for the next five years that could be our central partnership,” “Coloccini has signed for five years and so has Steven, so everything is there. The signs are good from the first game, we hope they can build.”

As we reported yesterday, Taylor will miss today’s England Under-21s international against Slovenia with an ankle injury. That kept young Steven off the field for Darren Fletcher’s equalizer, but the 22 year-old returned to complete the match, and had an excellent game for Newcastle.

Keegan is already getting the very best out of many players that were here last season when he arrived, and Taylor is one of them as he continued:

“Taylor is a fantastic lad,” “He has a great attitude.“A lot of players would come off after the knock he had at Old Trafford. So I have said to him, ‘Watch and learn from this guy (Coloccini) and he will help you’.”

“And he will learn. If he does he will make the step up again from the Under-21s to where Coloccini is at full international level.”

“He wants to learn, that is the key. Some young players don’t but he does.” “He has only trained with the players once but when you have played for Argentina for 20-odd games coming to Old Trafford won’t faze you,”

“He has played in Brazil in front of bigger crowds this summer. I had no option because I lost (Claudio) Caçapa on Friday but I did not have any worries about it. I just told him to go out there and enjoy it and I think he did.”

“He said afterwards it was very quick and he can normally get more passes through but I told him that was the Premier League. What he needs to learn, he will learn – very quickly.”

We expect Taylor to have his best season ever for Newcastle and since it seems that both Taylor and Coloccini don’t get a lot of injuries we’ll see them together quite a bit this season.

And we always have 22 year-old Seb Bassong to come in also, and he’s proven in pre-season he looks more than up for the challenge, and we of course have 20 year-old Canadian David Edgar, who got the job done last season when called on.

Sunday’s game did a lot to raise the spirits of Newcastle supporters, and now we need to top it off with 3-4 top new players before the end of the month.

Then we’ll really be ready to rumble.

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