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.