Steven Taylor – It’s Been Unbelievably Tough!

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. 😀

Comments welcome.

Written from Plymouth, England.

5 comments so far

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 16, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #1

    ‘It’s nice to hear Steven Taylor talking to the press again…’

    Ed, that’s ALL he has been doing for the last 6 months. At least it’s not about which clubs are chasing his services this time!

  • geordie_al

    Jul 16, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #2

    good to hear the confidence sounds high within the squad, i think a creative midfield player and a proven striker are what we really need and i think with the addition of a couple of exciting loan signings i think we look in decent shape for this season

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 16, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Hope he signs on. We wont be able to sign a better defender with out budget at the moment.

  • Charlietoon

    Jul 16, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Thats a bit harsh Captain. I cant remember an actual quote from him since Andy broke his jaw. Lots of close sources etc but I for one am relieved to hear him say this as I thought it was nothing but speculation so far due to possible outside interest and his contract only having a year on it.

  • Doha Mag

    Jul 17, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #5

    He needs to sign his contract extension so we don’t have to worry about selling and replacing him this summer.

    He may be arrogant but he’s a Geordie and wears his heart on his sleeve.


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