There’s news today in the Daily Star that Newcastle’s 24 year-old defender Steven Taylor is a target of at least four Premier League clubs in the summer.
Steven Taylor – Premier clubs after him
That doesn’t surprise us one little bit since Steven is an excellent player who has already had plenty of Premier League experience.
The four clubs interested are supposed to be Aston Villa, Birmingham, Everton and Fulham, but we also know that Chelsea have been interested in the player for at least a couple of years..
And of course these clubs will have taken fresh hope following the bust-up between Steven and his Newcastle team-mate Andy Carroll last Sunday morning, which left Steven with a broken cheek bone.
But Newcastle cannot afford to lose either of these top young players, and we would look to Chris Hughton to smooth things over between the two of them, and do what’s necessary to settle the Newcastle ship.
Both lads have been raised in the Newcastle area, born of Geordie parents and we don’t think either lad will be wanting to leave the club this summer.
Indeed Steven Taylor said many times last summer that he wanted to stay and help Newcastle get back into the Premier League.
Of course the bad news is Steven will now take no further part in the season, after suffering the injury on Sunday morning, and he’s been out since the West Brom game in January, when he suffered severe knee ligament damage.
But we heard yesterday that Newcastle are due to open contract talks with both Taylor, 24, and Carroll, 21, just as soon as the season ends.
The Daily News report suggest that Steven is now seriously considering his future on Tyneside, but we’d be very surprised if that was indeed true.
But certainly Newcastle will not allow Steven to run down his contract which has just one year to run this summer. It’s a mistake the club made with Michael Owen, whom Newcastle paid an amazing £17M for over four years ago from Real Madrid, and he left for nothing.
In fact with his wages included Newcastle paid a total of £40M for Michael Owen over four years and got just 30 goals in return, but we’ll not mention that because it’s just too painful.
If Newcastle had extended his contract before last summer the club could have got at least £5M for Michael in the transfer market.
Steven Taylor has decided not to press charges against Carroll, who is said to have attacked Steven in the treatment room after an argument over a girl.
But we do not expect either player to be leaving Newcastle any time soon, because the club is not that daft any more.