Steven Taylor has given a revealing interview today to the local Shields Gazette, and see if you can see any glimmers at all that this local lad ever wants to leave the Newcastle United club.
Steven Taylor – dying to be back for Newcastle
The 24 year-old has had a terribly unlucky year – and one he will want to forget.
He injured his knee cartilage in January playing against WBA and was out for the rest of the promotion season. Steven even then took his personal trainer on vacation with him to LA, as he was determined to be fully fit for the start of the new Premier League season.
And then in his very first game back against Carlisle United at Brunton Park in July, he badly injured his shoulder in the first half.
Talk about being unlucky.
The local lad should be back in full training in the next 10 days or so, and he thinks he’ll be back in contention by the end of October – and that’s good to hear.
Steven Taylor told the Shileds Gazette today:
“Words can’t describe the frustration – this has been torture for me,” “It’s been a long road, and it’ll be emotional for me to come back and play at St James’ Park, but I’ll relish that chance.” “I can’t wait to get out there. I’ve had so much frustration with this injury.”
” I can’t wait to get back out in front of 52,000 fans at St James’s Park.” “I’m not great at watching games – you feel like a nobody. If you’re a footballer, you need to be playing on that pitch. I’ve got to get back fit, and get on the pitch. It’s my job.”
“People wrote us off before the start of the season, but the lads have been fantastic – they’ve been proving them wrong.” “The atmosphere around the place is fantastic, and the spirit’s high. I just want to get out there and help the team.”
“When I get back fit, I’ll be in contention,” “I’ve got a lot of respect for Chris for giving me that opportunity.” “To have him and my team-mates 100 per cent behind me is all I’ve asked for. Everyone at the club has been brilliant, and I’ve got to thank the medical staff for their help.” “I’m raring to go, and just looking to pull on that No27 shirt again.”
We know that injuries are part of the game, but they must also be very difficult to handle for the players and poor Ben Arfa will be finding that out over the next few months.
When Taylor had the injury at Brunton Park when he awkwardly, he seemed to know he faced yet another frustrating spell on the sidelines.
“I spent all summer training,” “I took my personal trainer with me on holiday to LA – I was grafting every day.” “I came back feeling fit, and was in the best condition of my career. I was feeling great going into the Carlisle game, but I fell on my shoulder. It was a freak injury.”
“I just knew I had to get on with it as quick as I could. Touch wood, it’s sorted, and I’ve just got to make sure my whole body’s raring to go. It’s the opposite shoulder to five years ago – I dislocated my left one at Carlisle. I had a chipped bone and ligament damage.”
“After the operation, I couldn’t believe how much movement I had. I’ve got more movement in my left than right one now.” “I’ve been running every day, and I’ve been in the gym. (Physio) Derek Wright’s been with me all the time, and I’ve started to do stuff with the fitness guys as well.” “I’ll probably train with the reserves, and I might be back in contention by the end of the month.” “I’m absolutely dying to get back.”
It’s good to hear he has more movement in his left shoulder.
And there seems some growing belief that Steven could probably do a job for Newcastle at right-back when he returns. He’s played there before and even made his Premier League debut there for Bobby Robson, way back in 2004
And since he started his career at center-forward, there’s nothing Steven likes better than careering down that right wing and scoring goals for Newcastle. He’s so far got 10 goals for Newcastle in his 173 appearances for the Magpies.
Of course James Perch and Danny Simpson, who is also returning from an ankle injury, will have their thoughts on capturing that right back position at Newcastle.
And one last thing, Steven’s Newcastle contract runs out next summer, and we are hoping he will sign his new contract before the end of the year – we’re hoping for that but not quite fully convinced that will happen.