It’s nice to hear Steven Taylor talking to the press again, and the 24 year-old, as usual, sounds very positive.
Steven Taylor -pleased to be back
Steven went through some unusual criticism following the unfortunate altercation with big Andy Carroll, but we want both local lads to stay a the club, and we feel sure they both will.
Steven has just returned from his seven month layoff, after picking up a rather serious knee injury, against WBA in January.
Steven talked about how hard the layoff has been for him, and what it’s been like in Dublin this last week or so:
“It was unbelievably tough when I was injured last season – it was so frustrating.” “You just want to be out there.” “The lads were fantastic, and they got promoted.”
“We wanted to get back to the Premier League, and win something for the fans, and we did that.” “A club like Newcastle United shouldn’t be in the Championship.”
“I just want to get back playing again – I can’t wait.” “It’s been a long time, and I’m just dying to get out there.” “Dublin was great.
“It was tough training three times a day.” “We had to get up at 5.30am, and it was hard work.” “We’ll be playing against some of the best players in the world, and you want to test yourself against the best.”
“It’s the league you want to play in.” “Running out at St James’s Park is in front of 52,000 is the best feeling in the world – it’s what being a professional footballer’s all about.
“It’s an honour to wear that shirt.”
We would expect Steven to say it’s an honor to wear the famous Newcastle shirt, since he was raised on Tyneside, in Whitley Bay, as a Newcastle supporter, and he was lucky to be blessed with great football skills and gets to play for his home-town club.
And Steven has talked about the pre-season games that will start tomorrow afternoon at Carlisle:
“We’ll give the pre-season teams the respect they deserve.”
“It’s about getting fitness under our belts, but we want to keep that winning mentality.”
Of course it’s always hard to judge how well the lads do in pre-season, although that may be more obvious, when we meet PSV Eindhoven and Glasgow Rangers in a few weeks.
We suppose we want to avoid any 6-1 defeats, but apart from that, Chris will use the games to judge the players and see which combination of players work well together.
Then we’ll be ready for the Red Devils, four weeks on Monday and we could well surprise them – we have to hope so anyway. 😀
Written from Plymouth, England.