There has been lots of talk this summer about big clubs being after Newcastle center-back Steven Taylor, and that the 24 year-old even wanted to leave his home-town club.
Steven Taylor – soon to sign new contract at Newcastle
But we just don’t believe that and said so a couple of days ago, and news today that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is also confident that Taylor, as well as two of our other very promising youngsters – Andy Carroll and Tim Krul – will soon sign new and improved contracts for the Tyneside club.
Hughton told the local Evening Chronicle today:
“I’ve consistently said it’s important to keep the players you want to keep.” “We need to add to the squad, but it’s also important not to lose what we have.”
“I’m very confident we’ll keep everybody." “As far as those whose contracts are close – Tim Krul, Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor – I’m confident about all of them.”
There was a lot made of the altercation between Steven and Andy Carroll in late March, when Steven ended up with a broken jaw and Andy with badly damaged fists – serves him right.
But we think Chris Hughton handled that situation little short of brilliantly, and he will have had the two lads into his office and quietly had them repair their relationship.
One big thing in common between the two lads, is that they are both local and love the Newcastle club.
That should be enough to make them good team-mates in the future – if only for the good of the club they both love – and which they both want to make great again.
Seems fairly simple when put that way, doesn’t it?