Taylor Back In Training – Likely Sub On Saturday


Steven Taylor has returned to full training, before the game against Middlesbrough in Saturday.

Steven Taylor – likely sub on Saturday

The 22-year-old local lad has missed the last 3 games because of a groin problem, and we have picked up just a couple of points in those games.

Joe Kinnear said today:

“It’s great to have Steven Taylor and Mark Viduka back in training,”

“We will monitor their progress over the next couple of days, and if that gives me a selection problem, so be it.”

We would be surprised if Steven gets a start on Saturday, although his best chance would be to replace Jose Enrique at left-back but we think he will probably start on the bench and Joe will reward the back four who played so well last Saturday with another start at The Riverside. We would expect Viduka to also be part of a very strong Newcastle bench on Saturday.

And Kinnear added:

“We were up against some of the best players in Europe at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, yet we were well organized.”“I fact, it was the best I have seen Habib Beye perform since I came here.”

“But really both he and Fabricio Coloccini have done well all season, and Sebastien Bassong showed what a good player he is when he is in his normal central defensive position.”

“And I must say I thought Jose Enrique handled Joe Cole as well as I have seen anybody do.”

So that probably does it, in that Jose Enrique with that compliment from Joe, will get the start on Saturday. That will give the Spanish Under-21 international some added confidence, which he’s been lacking a little recently, but he’s a much better player than he’s shown so far this season.

We’d like to see Jose come through in the next few weeks, because he’s already shown last season he’s more than a decent young player – with a good attitude too.

And Joe should be able to help him a lot, having been an excellent right-back for Spurs for 10 years back in the 1960s.  Jose doesn’t want to leave Newcastle either, that’s for sure, and that cannot be bad either.

Comments welcome.



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16 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Nov 27, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #1

    🙂 again 1st

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  • graeme

    Nov 27, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #2

    I hope its another 8 weeks or more before Taylor gets a game in Central Defence. If it is, it means our defence is playing as a unit, like they did against Chelski and none of them deserve to be dropped.

    It also means we have picked up no injuries to our back four and the more they play together, the better they will get. Its tough on Taylor, but thats life!!!!!

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  • Spyro

    Nov 27, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Seb Bassong will be a geordie legend by the end of this year. Much like Beye at the end of last year.

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  • ELFER

    Nov 27, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #4

    mates, Tayo Taiwo would be an excellent leftback for us? Imagine how happy that woulb make zoggy and also martins, to have a french speaking nigerian mate 😉

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  • BAZ

    Nov 27, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #5

    PEOPLE HAVE A LOOK ON YOU TUBE AT TAYE TAIWO ! HES EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED- HOW DO WE GET THAT ACROSS TO WISE AND CO THO ? ANY IDEAS? HES LIKE A DEFENSIVE OBAFEMI ! AND HE TAKES PLAYERS ON SUPERBLY THEN SHOOTS !

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 27, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Keep Taylor away from CB as long as possible.

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  • Whumpie

    Nov 27, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Tom Toon – you are obsessed! Any thread that mentions Taylor and you post something that makes him out to be Titus’s less talented brother.

    I acknowledge that he still makes mistakes, but he also saves games for us. Can you name a centre back who was better at 22??

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  • wayneo009

    Nov 27, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #8

    whumpie
    !!!Sergio Ramos!!!!!!

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  • MDS

    Nov 27, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ve been critical of Joe’s lineups but glad to see him appreciate the fact that Bassong is a natural CB. Probably why there is the Riis/Warnock talk. Taylor should be a sub that is all

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  • BT9MAG

    Nov 27, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Whumpie:

    Tony Adams had already captained Arsenal and gotten his first England cap by the age of 21!

    Rio Ferdinand was voted ‘Best Hammer’ of the season at the age of 20 and was sold to Leeds for 18m at 21…By 22 he was captain of Leeds!

    Micah Richards has already picked up 11 England caps at the age of 21

    Gary Neville got a full England cap at 20.

    Sol Campbell got his first England camp at 22.

    ……

    I’m just being pedantic, but theres a list of English defenders who’ve all achieved more and let’s be honest – looked better players than Taylor at 22!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 27, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Whumpie

    How many do you want.

    I bet I could name over 35.

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  • Tom

    Nov 27, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Taylor should be on the bench, its that simple. Bassong and Coloccini were outstanding against Chelsea, and have done more than enough to play alongside one another again this weekend. Same with Enrique and Beye.

    The whole unit should be kept together, as that is the only way your going to get them developing communication and understanding.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 27, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Stick with this back 4 for as long as possible…
    Beye-Bassong-Colo-Enrique
    😀

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  • Heavy hitters

    Nov 27, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #14

    It seems quite unanimous, put Taylor on the bench and play Bassong until HE starts costing us goals every game. I hope Kinnear is the man I think he is and drops Taylor as he should be dropped. Good cover though ST. If Taylor is back in defence then Kinnear is the sh–h–se I thought he was !!

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  • Auschas

    Nov 27, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #15

    If ameobi can keep owen on the bench bassong has to keep taylor there too. I think he would be a better left back anyway as he has pace and loves to attack and that will stop out back four opening up like a hookers legs

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  • Guinea Mag

    Nov 28, 2008 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #16

    JFK will maintain the same back four as last week; i.e. Beye-Colo-Bassong-Enrique, giving them more time to gel as a unit.

    It would be wrong to bring Taylor back into the team immediately especially after last weeks game vs. Chelsea.

    I dont enjoy reading the negative comments about Taylor; he will come good in time and need to keep our best youngsters!

    The Boro game is winable provided we don’t give away silly goals…..

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