Newcastle Now So Strong In Central Defense


Steven Taylor should return from injury in about a month, but manager Chris Hughton is in no hurry to rush him back.

Steven Taylor – back in about a month

That’s hardly surprising with Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson in such fine form at the moment and Fitz Hall also pushing for a starting place in central defense.

Fitz has played just 3 games at Newcastle so far and will be hoping to get in a lot more games through the end of the season.  After all you usually go out on loan so you’ll play more games.

Chris Hughton talked about Steven Taylor to the Evening Chronicle and about when the fans should expect him back:

“As far as him coming back in March, I think the answer would be no.” “He was in a knee brace for a good period of time, but he is now out of the brace.

“He’s walking again and building up his strength.” “I hope he will be back at some stage in April.”

“What we can say is that Steven Taylor is making progress and looking forward to playing again this season.” “We’ll know soon just exactly how long that will be.”

There’s no doubt that Newcastle are now very strong at center back with Coloccini, Williamson, Steven Taylor, Hall and 19 year old up and coming Hungarian Tamas Kadar.

But there’s also no doubt that Steven is a starter when he’s fit, and he himself will want to get back into the side and help his local team get promoted at the first time of asking.

After all the Greenwich-born 23 year-old was one of the first players to come out and say last summer he wanted to stay on Tyneside and get the club back into the Premier League.

And his form before he got injured was top class for the former England U21 captain.

So it seems when Steven is fit there will be terrific competition for the starting two central defensive positions, but that’s exactly what we want to see in every position on the field.

Since Steven is more than useful at right back it wouldn’t surprise us if Chris played the lad at right back, at least initially, and fielded a back four of Taylor Coloccini Williamson Enrique.

Not too bad a back four at all.

Comments welcome.



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6 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 2, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Taylor does like to get forward so i think it would be great to see him at right back.

    Away from home he will offer threat from set pieces as thats the best way to score and Simpson is troubled by anybody running at him.

    Dont forget about Kadar, i think the lad is a real top quality youngster and has a chance to be a real star.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 2, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #2

    The sooner we hit 90 points, the sooner we can rest the senior players and give the likes of Kadar and Ranger the responsibility of making it 96 points. They are not just there to run around and look promising, they need to be 100% effective from now on, just like 19 year old Van the Man and a rapidly maturing Mr Carrol have shown.

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  • lesh

    Mar 2, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Where’s your ambition Cap’n?

    Hit 90 and aim for 96 points?

    Why not aim for 100 and then leave it to the younguns to enjoy themselves and show the world just what they can bring to the party?

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  • MacToon

    Mar 2, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #4

    STaylor’s a great RB but he’s turning into a great CB too.

    I’d love to see him as captain next season, one of the first names I’d put on a team sheet when he’s fit.

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  • Mr Books

    Mar 2, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #5

    I’d quite like to see what ST would be like in the DM role. He’s got reasonable, but not electric pace, a decent pass, good heading ability and is starting to read the games quite well. I actually prefer to see a good young CB moved up the field a bit than an aging MC moved back for that position. You tend to get a player that can recover from a mistake, rather than guys like smith/butt who end up giving away the freekick too often.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 2, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Belated reply to Mr Lesh….

    Hey, Man, I am being ambitious, ’cause we ain’t gonna get 100 points. And so these lads will never get a bloomin’ game on that basis! The sequence of wasteful draws over December & January did for that.

    So, as I (and the PROM-o-METER) see it, 90 points to (definitely) go up, with 96 points to (definitely) lift the tin can. Both totals are possible, 100 points alas is no longer – so let’s not hear any more talk about it back there…

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