Steven Taylor Hands Shearer Huge Fitness Boost


Some good news today that we had all been hoping for is that Steven Taylor seems fully fit now from his troublesome ankle injury.

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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!!


30 comments so far

  • batty

    May 7, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #1

    crackin news hope he scores a header on monday

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  • Whumpie

    May 7, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m just waiting for the usual tripe from the Taylor-bashers to begin. Apparently you can only support yobs and foreigners – local boys or anyone famous or well-paid just gets a pasting on here.

    Sorry. Soap box back in cupboard…

    Aaaaaahhhhnyhoo…

    I agree with Ed – he’s made huge progress this term and has cut out most of the errors, leaving just that unbelievable determination and local-boy pride. Add to that his physical presence and his ability to knock in vital goals, and I really hope he starts on Monday.

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  • shearerbliss

    May 7, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Taylor like Bramble needs a steady partner. Bass and taylor look exciting for the future. Add an experiance def eg sol camble with them to bring forward.

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  • SFIan

    May 7, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #4

    why get rid of gutierrez/xisco/enrique? ridiculous.

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  • repo

    May 7, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Whatever happens this season, it wouldn’t surprise us too much if Alan gets rid of Owen, Viduka, Martins, Xisco, Geremi, Cacapa, Barton, Coloccini and possibly even Gutierrez and Enrique in the summer, whichever league we end up playing in next season.

    If we stay up the news yesterday was that Shearer could be given as mcuh as £15M, plus any money he can get from transfers of existing players, which could amount to another £12M, at least
    lmfao what drugs you are on..

    12mil lol we could get least 8mil for martins alone..

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  • Whumpie

    May 7, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    If we do drop, it will be VERY interesting to see who stays. I’d hope Tayls would be one of them, as he can be real leader material – just look at the England U21 record since he got the armband.

    Not that he should skipper us yet, but Taylor could be instrumental in bouncing back up if needed.

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  • komfort

    May 7, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #7

    whumpie , bang on..give the lad time and he could become a top quality defender..john terry style.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 7, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #8

    i love steven taylor, i think he is good, very good at rb for us

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  • Johno Toon

    May 7, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    I think he is a smashing little player , he is what still only 21?22? he is still learning is trade and will only get better

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    May 7, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed we are back to the Enrique and Xisco out lines. Disapointing.

    Enrique is a good, Strong and Quick LB and has improved no end this season so WHY???? as then we would need 2 LB’s and it would cost a fortune to replace the Bull and would we break even on his sale? Silly very silly.

    Xisco OK he aint set the world alight but he was not bought for this season and has not even really been given a chance. He played well against Hull and then vanished again. Kinnear never even acknowledged he was part of the club. He would be sold for about a Mill and he has to be better than stroller. At least give him a year to prove him self.

    Owen YES
    Viduka YES
    Ameobi YES
    Martins NO

    that would leave Martins Ranger Xisco Carroll (who I really rate as highly as Shola, Lazy) and McLovin (if he stays)

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  • Whumpie

    May 7, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Johno – love the use of ‘little’. Have you ever stood near him? It’s like an eclipse…

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  • Johno Toon

    May 7, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #12

    waldo i disagree with martins i would sell him , think we are weakest up front , a whole new front line needed imo

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  • Johno Toon

    May 7, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #13

    haha whumpie yeah that was kinda patrionisng alright! my bad!

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  • Whumpie

    May 7, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #14

    What I’m actually enjoying at the moment is the ability to see what the managers are thinking and why. I think Ed is right and we’ll see the 4-3-3 or even 3-4-3 we had against Portsmouth – and I think it’ll work.

    The main thing is, can they get these players to go out right from the whistle as if they are 1-0 down in a cup final? That is what’s needed, and if we can, we’ll utterly spadge the smogs.

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    May 7, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m not saying that I disagree about the need to sort it out but IF we survive and even with Shearer on board. We will have just survived relegation any decent players worth there salt will not want to come here as we will in all likelyhood be in a similar position next year. Martins had a poor year this year but in his previous 2 he’s done OK especially his first when he kept us up with his goals.

    Johno not trying to sound dispondent but what can we offer to decent players at the minute?

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  • lesh

    May 7, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #16

    For goodness sake Ed….. £12m for the seven. If that’s the case, then one must wonder why we paid so much for Collocini and Enrique! Who sanctioned these buys?

    Collo’s gone from an Argentine regular to seeming crap in the matter of a few months and I wonder just what’s going wrong?

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  • Johno Toon

    May 7, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #17

    that is again very true waldo , i guess im jumping the gun a little and its too many players coming and going can be very disruptive to a team.

    And im prob been harsh on martins as he been in and out of the team this season

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  • shearerbliss

    May 7, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #18

    I think e should keep martins for one more year under shearers management, as if he was partnered by say bent he could become a fantastic asset for us in certain games. I still have my reservations that he is not quite prem quality tho but depending on if we play on the break and have a quick enough player to catch up with him we could be dangerous!
    Players to go:
    Owen, viduka (pay as you play), geremi.cacpa,shola,colo (def mid), smith, butt, barton.
    All to be replaced by our youngsters and shearers signings.

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  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Get rid of Xisco, a kid, that’s hardly had agame?..
    …Don’t be soft!..

    …& not the old get shot of Enrique, a kid, our one & only LB & best for some time?..Get a life!..

    …Try gettin’ rid of some of our midfield, they’re the problem & always have been…No creativity!..
    …Give the strikers a chance or 2 & they’ll score…
    …Get ya’ midfield doin’ a proper job helpin’ out the defense & we wouldn’t have leaked so many goals!.. QED!?!..

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  • shearerbliss

    May 7, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #20

    Waldo
    ‘We will have just survived relegation any decent players worth there salt will not want to come here as we will in all likelyhood be in a similar position next year.’
    I do not belive this is true! We would not be in this possition if the s**t did not hit the fan in september. trufully the players are still as shell shocked as us.
    Players would flock to play for shearer remeber HE is a global brand. If we stay up and once shearer sorts out disiple issues and playing staff with a more professional outfit, players on the edge of national team (world cup year) would love to play for us.
    There are players through out the pre and football people that would help shearer in his persut for good payers. The championship is where to start in my opinion!

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  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Aye,
    if we stay up, ALL teams start equal next season!..

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    May 7, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #22

    ShearBliss I agree that the kids need to be brought in I really like the look of Krul, Donninger, Lua Lua, Ranger and Vukic. But we need to get a bigger squad.

    A big problem is Nolan and R Taylorvery poor buys in January £5.5 million well spent by Kinnear (My Arz).

    potting too many players will hurt us just as bad as keeping too many money grabbers.

    Out
    Owen, Viduka, Ameobi, Geremi, Cacapa, Smith, Barton, try Butt but whether he would remains to be seen.

    GK Harper Krul Forster (in that order)
    LB Enrique +1
    RB Beye Staylor(I prefer him there)+1
    CB Bassong Taylor Colo (he aint gonna lose much more value) Edgar+1
    LW Jonas Duff
    RW +1 Lua Lua
    CM Guthrie Vukic Nolan (if we cant get shot of) +2
    CF Martins McLovin Ranger Xisco Carroll +1

    I’d give Colo till January to see if he can turn himself round remember Vidic was not that good to start with.

    The biggest OUT for me though has to be Houghton as Calder’dead’wood only has till the end of the year.

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  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #23

    Yey, Taylor’s back…
    …That gives us the chance to change the team around yet again!..
    …Have we played even 3 games straight with the same line up this season?..
    …Therein lies the problem!..

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  • DevonMag

    May 7, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #24

    Why oh why would we ever, ever get rid of enrique? He is so quality now and I’m reassured every time I see him on the pitch! He needs to be at this club for the next decade, I have no doubt that he will blossom into a class, class left back. And Jonas now as well? So you reckon AS will sell basically the whole team and gamble on trying to buy 11 players in the transfer market who have never played together?
    We have the foundations of a good team, a bloody good team if only it’d be invested in ffs!

    enrique, bassong taylor and beye make up a quality back four! We just need a decent understudy for beye, and competition for enrique.

    We need a quality midfield, and a better srike force. Weird how our deffence is probably where we are stongest.

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    May 7, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #25

    ShearBliss The great mans name will only go so far after the turmiol of this year the boardroom shinanagans up for sale oh no we’re not KK manager, no Houghton, no Kinnear, No Houghton again, now Shearer. the extent of the fans protest wont help. Lucky the fact that footballers are not the brightest of people might work for us but the money grabbing agents behind them definatly wont.

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  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Spot bollock devonmag!..

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  • shearerbliss

    May 7, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #27

    ‘The biggest OUT for me though has to be Houghton as Calder’dead’wood only has till the end of the year.’
    Agree a new look coaching team is the FIRST thing shearer should implement.
    I agree why would we sign shola and not edgar I really rate him as a future center back!

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  • DevonMag

    May 7, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m excited by the prospect of lualua coming in next season to play on the right. Our 3 priority transfers should be a creative cm, rw and lb. I’f we had 25 mill to spend on the right 3 players are club would fly in to the top half. After that buy one more striker, a holding midfielder (m’bia anyone?) and a rb understudy for beye. All in all that’s SIX shrewd transfers we need in the summer and we should (in theory) be where villa are. FAT ASH NEEDS to invest, big time, in the squad. 50mill would do it, but that’s not gonna happen in a million years. He literally makes my blood boil- the only billionaire to ever make a club poorer, on the pitch at any rate.

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  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Edgar is good!..

    …Like him in his natural position of CB!..

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  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #30

    Could do with another LB, unless on eof the kids is good enough yet!..

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