Steven Taylor Back – At Game On Saturday For Celebrations

We thought of Steven Taylor on Monday night, a lad who was brought up on Tyneside as a Newcastle supporter, and how he seemed to miss out on the terrific celebrations at Plymouth.

Steven Taylor – back in training

But good news this morning that Steven has now returned to training at Newcastle,  following his terrible knee injury he suffered in January against WBA.

It’s hardly surprising that Steven is anxious to be part of Saturday’s game with Ipswich Town, but is unlikely to be ready to play in that game.

Toon gaffer Chris Hughton says Taylor will be involved in the post-game celebrations and the presentation of the Championship trophy, which is great to hear.

Fitz Hall is out and Coloccini and Gutierrez are still doubtful for the game on Saturday, and of course 19 year-old Nile Ranger’s season is over because of his ankle injury.

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Steven was back in training and that was good to see.” “It is about making sure he is right.”

“I think it would have been frustrating for him watching the Plymouth game, but nobody here is under-estimating the big part he has played in what we have achieved this season.”

“He’s played a lot of games and he was in really good form.”  “He’s given us a lot this season.”

And as far as the celebrations after the game are concerned Steven will definitely be part of those, and he will no doubt be looking forward to those after stating last summer that he wanted to help Newcastle get straight back to the PL.

Steven started 21 games for Newcastle this season before his knee injury put him out for almost the rest of the season, and the altercation with Andy Carroll didn’t help things either.

Chris talked about the celebrations on Saturday after the game:

“He will absolutely be part of the celebrations.”  “We’ll see – he’s training today, but he’s been out for a long time, and I have to be mindful of that.”

“He’s played a lot of games. He was in really good form, and people here aren’t underestimating what he’s given this team.”

“If he’d have missed a similar amount of time at the beginning of the season, his profile would have been a little bit higher now.”

It will be very good to see Steven at the game on Saturday, and of course he is a very experienced player for Newcastle and will play a big part for Newcastle next season in the Premiership.

If his training goes well, we would expect Taylor to play some part in the QPR game a week on Sunday – which is Newcastle’s last game of the season.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Chris F

    Apr 22, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #1

    good to see that the whole Jawgate thing seems to have been forgotten about by the club. Here’s hoping they’ve sorted it between themselves and we can move on into next season with both players still at the club.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 22, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m sure we all have opinions about who should come in and who should leave, but I have tried to highlight what we NEED, rather than what we want

    Transfer Necessities:

    (All excellent and no need to look for another)

    (we desperatly NEED cover for Enrique. He will never be dropped but if he gets injured for a few months we are screwed)

    (Send HALL back to QPR because he is not needed. We still NEED a PL quality Centre Back in case Taylor does leave and Colo gets injured. Heard CH wants YOBO from Everton)

    (we NEED a proper proven PL right back. Simpson is good but is still learning and will struggle against top four opposition and Tozer is not ready yet)

    (we NEED cover for this position. Someone who can also play on the right, maybe ARDA TURAN or TAARABT from QPR)

    (lose BUTT, and we do not need another DM at this club)

    (we don’t need someone in this position but ideally we all WANT someone more creative. Maybe instead of buying someone we start giving VUCKIC a chance)

    (we NEED a proven RIGHT WINGER in the PL. Maybe bring PENNANT back from Spain or splash the cash and buy someone really good. Strikers thrive on crosses)

    (we NEED a proven quality striker more than any other position. Personally I’d like us to get CARLOS VELA on loan from Arsenal)

    Players I would get rid of because they are not needed in the PL

  • repo

    Apr 22, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    james whats wrong with hall

    i would keep him tbh

    also get rid of shola and you missed lovenkrants..

  • G

    Apr 22, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Whilst I do not agree with most of Jamesthefirst’s list (not knocking it, just have my own opinions), I would agree to send one-size back repo. He has done a decent job for us, but given his age I think we should look at other options. Somebody suggested another loan deal on a different thread, perhaps that could be the line to take, as if he isnt up to the Prem we could always send him back.

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 22, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #5

    I hope Steve gets put on for during the ipswich game. it right re invigorate him and his spirit and desire to play for the club if he hears a big roar for the geordie faithful

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 22, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Apologies – missed Lovenkrands out of my list, yes I would keep him too

    @repo – nothing wrong with HALL but we don’t need 5 centre backs on the salary. If the club want to keep him then fair do, my list is more about what we need. and we don’t need 5 centre backs

  • murvar

    Apr 22, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Pretty pictures just posted on the club site show happy smiley Tayls and Carroll apparently working well together. Louise Taylor eat your heart out!

  • murvar

    Apr 22, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Nobody should write off Leon Best yet – every striker needs a goal to get going, and he damn nearly got one at Plymouth.

  • doodles

    Apr 22, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Here is a cracking comment from Tamas Kadar from his facebook site.
    dont worry of that i dont want to leave i like this club and the city aswelll ,the fans and the people are amazing so it was just a paper and i didnt say that never before..i said may be the next season would be good if i go on loan get soma firs team game..
    It would make sense for that to happen if he is not playing regular. He sounds like he is definately committed to the club.
    Before you ask yes it is his genuine comment from the site.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 22, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #10

    @murvar – Leon Best is a moody player. Coventry fans were glad to be rid of him.

    CARROLL – unproven in PL
    AMEOBI – traditionally slow and terrible in PL
    RANGER – talented but unproven
    LOVENKRANDS – only 1 of the 4 who has showed he can handle the PL
    BEST – not good enough and halts the progress of Ranger

  • Davies

    Apr 22, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #11

    I’d love to ge van Aanholt back from Chelsea. Good at left back, but looked like he could play anywhere on the left side of the pitch. He nearly scored from the halfway line with one of the first touches he got in a Newcastle shirt. Good lad.

  • DJG

    Apr 22, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #12


    I think this is what we need to not be struggling next season. i have put them in order of most money allocation first.

    Lovenkrands is improving but what if he gets injured or drops in form. We should keep playing Carroll because he is one of our biggest assets but he needs a top class partner imo no disrespect to Lov, Best ect. We need a David Villa type striker to play along side him. This will be the biggest challenge of all the signings and WONT come cheap either.

    A RB. Of Beye or Hutton quality, preferably under 26 but if we got a good deal on a 30+ like Beye who could play a few seasons then that would be good also. If Simpson is still not good enough after 1/2 seasons get rid.

    We all saw the impact Routledge has had since he signed. We were VERY left sided at the start of the season and only had one capable winger in the squad in Jonas. Routledge is even adding goals now which is nice. I think he will be great in the prem but we need an extra winger imo. Theres no such thing as an old winger so preferably one that is young exciting and can play on both flanks.

  • DJG

    Apr 22, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #13

    I think between Kadar and Dummet (who was in top 3 players in fa youth cup) we should be able to produce our own cover at LB in the next few years.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 22, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #14

    @DJG – no to BEYE. He jumped ship and showed no loyalty. Never want him back after that. Let him rot at Villa. Serves him right for thinking he’s bigger than Newcastle United

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 22, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Agree with some of yall disagree with others. What i agree with all of yall on is that we do not need to go spend 10 mil on a player. And just the same as all of yall i love this club and want the best for it. I agree we need cover at lb. I agree we need somebody at rb but don’t think we need to replace Danny simpson. I think we need cover there but i think he has earned the right to give it a go with the big boys. Beye has not played this season at all really so i don’t know if we want him back. he gave up some crucial penelties in 2008 as well. I think we should keep fitz for emergencies i think he has earned that. He has played well when we needed him. Vudic could be the answer at midfield but he is gonna need to grow and we aint gonna have time for that next year. Barton could be the answer as well. We have missed him almost all season and he looked sharp at plymouth. He looked like the barton of old. Strikers we do need at least one but i like best. I think his confidence is down and if he got one he could get hot. Loven is money and carrol will be fine. Shola might need to be sold. Ranger needs to be loaned. Both wingers are good to go in my oppinion but we need cover. I think wayne will be great next year and spiderman has finnaly got use to the english game. A few minor tweaks and i think we could be middle of the table next season…


  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 22, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #16

    I agree jamesthefirst, i don’t want any of the lads who jumped ship at the first sign of water. I wouldn’t take given back or insomnia….

  • balubas1

    Apr 22, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Good thinking James.
    I see alot of trash talk about we must sign this and that.. but you put it out quite nicely:)

    I LIKE McLoven, but to be honest.. me liking him doesn’t make him a good PL striker.. He is an average PL striker, and not the goalforce we should depend on next season. Very good squad player, and cover. Can play winger aswell.

    LEON BEST needs a chance.. with all the clever signings CH made this season, the lad must have some magic not yet shown to us. He came close last game.. turning away the CB before curling one in the crossbar. But I also agree that maybe Ranger should get the chance ahead of him.. But the only problem with that is that Carroll and Ranger can not play together.. too much alike eachother in ther playing style.

    For a new striker I think Newcastle should look too africa or south america for the next big thing. Physical ability (preferably pace because he will be playing alongside Carroll) and skills like dribbling and flair should be priority. It is a bit sad, but we all know that in africa and south america; little kids sacrifice everything in their lifes to become professional footballers.. they do it because they have no other options.. These places are full of sad stories, but also full of talented footballers! Most of you readers probably know this, but I state it because it doesn’t seem like it is the direction Newcastle looks for players. I would rather have a 17 year old brazilian potential, instead of Leon Best.. (sorry Leon;)

    And for heavens sake, get Vukic on the pitch more often! If youre good enough, your old enough! Agree with whoever in this thread mentioned Rooney and Fabregas..
    Im hurting inside when I know we have Vukic, but choose to play BUTT??!

    As I see it (maybe a bit harsh) Nicky Butt has played a big part of Newcastle’s downfall since he came to the club. He was never good enough to start with! Of all the games i saw last season, Butt only played decent in 1 or 2 games.. I remeber he totally owned a game against Tottenham.. but thats it… crappy player..

    BUTT =
    – no pace
    -no aerial ability
    -no goals
    -plays for his wage only (man utd man…)
    – no creativity
    -no shooting skills (though some FK ability)
    -no physical presence

    I don’t know who he &%¤& in the management, but im really wondering why he is still at our club.


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