Some good news today that we had all been hoping for is that Steven Taylor seems fully fit now from his troublesome ankle injury.
Steven Taylor likely to be fit for Middlesbrough
We hope that is true and that Steven doesn’t have any reactions to his ankle, like he did a couple of weeks ago, when he first tried to come back against Spurs in London.
Steven is exactly the type of player we want playing for Newcastle right now, and before he was injured he had put in a few outstanding performances for Newcastle, his home town club.
The game with Middlesbrough next Monday is a huge game for the Tyneside club, and we have to hope it’s not too big for our players, who have hardly stepped up to the plate this year for the club.
Whatever happens this season, it wouldn’t surprise us too much if Alan gets rid of Owen, Viduka, Xisco, Geremi, Cacapa, Barton, Coloccini and possibly even Gutierrez and Enrique in the summer, whichever league we end up playing in next season.
Xisco still seems to have some support with fans, but two younger players in Carroll and Ranger, are already above him in the pecking order, and they are getting much less in wages than the Spanish lad, so the value of Xisco has to be questionable.
If we stay up, the news yesterday was that Shearer could be given as much as £15M, plus any money he can get from transfers of existing players, which could amount to another £15M, at least, for those first 7 players.
It will not have gone unnoticed by Shearer that most of these players at the club have not contributed much when the heat has been on – which is always a true measure of any player. But it’s hardly appropriate talking about the summer, until we know which league we’ll end up in next season.
The 23-year-old Taylor, who was born in Greenwich but moved to Whitley Bay when he was just a couple weeks old, suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury during last month’s defeat at Spurs and has missed the last two matches.
But Shearer told Newcastle United TV this morning:
“Steven returned to full training yesterday and we’re hopeful he’ll be fit.”
That’s not a 100% endorsement from Alan, but we have to hope this lad will start against Middlebrough, and we wouldn’t put it past the 23 year old to even get a goal, such is his pride and commitment to the club.
Shearer will have some decisions to make but if Steven looks good in training we could see a back four of Beye S.Taylor Bassong and Duff.
That would be a strong back four, but we’d also be happy to have young David Edgar at left back too, and free Damien to move forward, since the Canadian will hardly let the side down at this stage of the season.
Good news about Taylor, and let’s hope he’s fit enough to start the game on Monday night.
We are still looking for some heroes at Newcastle, and we all have to hope we’ll have a few by Monday night at 10:000 pm, or else things could really be bad.
Howay The Lads!!