Huge Season For Newcastle’s Steven Taylor Coming Up


There’s little doubt that Newcastle manager is looking to Steven Taylor to have a huge season back in the Premier League next season.

Steven Taylor – let’s hope this lad is at his best next season

Steven enters the final year of his current contract this season – and we have to hope the 24 year-old is tied up on a long term deal at Newcastle this summer.

Taylor will return to pre-season training on Monday morning and it will good to have him back after he missed the last three months of the season, with a knee injury, but he faces a challenge from Coloccini and Mike Williamson for a central defender spot.

Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Steven will be raring to go.” “He missed the last period of the season last time around, but he’s had a good summer.”

“He’ll come back in good shape and I would expect nothing less from Steven – he’s a good athlete and I’m pleased to have him back.”

“He’s ready to feature and there’s no problems.” “He left the training ground at the end of the season fully fit but we left him out of the QPR match because he hadn’t had enough training.”

“We didn’t want to risk him for the sake of one game.”

We’ve said before that if Mike Williamson can continue to play like he has since he arrived in January, an option is for Steven to play right-back at Newcastle next season, and there’s even more chance he could begin the season there, with Danny Simpson out injured.

Steven is very decent at right back, and likes to get forward and of course loves to score goals, as he started his football career as a striker, and indeed he made his first first team start at right-back for Bobby Robson way back when.

Chris talked today from the Benton training headquarters where the Newcastle coaches are preparing for pre0-season and he talked about Steven potentially playing at right back at the start of the season:

“It gives us another option, and of course he’s played there many times before.”

“I remember him having a great game in that position a couple of years ago at Everton when he scored at Goodison Park. ”

“He’s a good player and it’ll be important to have him back fully fit.”

There’s no doubt that Steven is a good player and with the pathetic displays of the English at the World Cup this summer he will be further encouraged that he may be getting a chance in the England squad soon.

We hope so.

Steven has 173 appearances for Newcastle with 10 goals, and he made 6 appearances at Wycombe Wanderers when he was on loan at that club  back in 2003, when Tony Adams was the manager.

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8 comments so far

  • John

    Jul 1, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Strange not to see him modeling any of the new jerseys tho maybe something in the pipe line with him been sold that CH isnt been told?

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  • noir9

    Jul 1, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh no! No picture of carrol, jose, colo, spiderman etc etc in the new strip either, this must mean their all being sold!

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  • lesh

    Jul 1, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s noticable that there’s no comment from S Tayor though.

    Hughton’s language is, I believe structured to flush out a statement of intent from him and I’d like to think that if he does want to go, he’ll say so now and let the club get a decent price for him.

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  • lesh

    Jul 1, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #4
  • Tom Mo.

    Jul 1, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #5

    noir 9. actually colo was front and center on the change kit and 3rd shirt release. and if you go to nufc direct club shop online jose, and carroll are in there modeling

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  • simon winham

    Jul 1, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Hopefully Collo will perform well

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  • Stardust

    Jul 1, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Now then Lesh, been reading .org but lately it seems like a youth club for inane comments – kinda glad I’m banned lol.

    Agree with your take on the Taylor angle. IMO if he doesnt commit to a new contract – we need to sell him as next summer we get nothing.

    Here’s hoping…..;)

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  • baro

    Jul 2, 2010 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #8

    noir9

    Actually they have Carroll in a jersey on Nufc shop site. Jonas is at world cup.

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