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.