24 year-old Steven Taylor is finally back in training after recovering from the shoulder injury he sustained in July.
Steven Taylor – returned to training on Monday
Steven is an experienced Premier League player and should be able to force himself into the first team starting line-up but this weekend against Sunderland may come too early for the Greenwich-born star.
Unfortunately it is still not clear if Taylor’s intentions are to stay with the club, and he remains on the transfer list after still failing to agree a new contract last month. Indeed Paul Stretford, who negotiated Wayne Rooney’s new contract at Manchester United last week, is Steven’s agent.
We’re not sure if that’s good or bad in terms of getting Steven to sign a new contract on Tyneside.
But Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has constantly said that the center-back is still a big part of his Newcastle plans, and the manager still hopes he can be persuaded to sign a new deal – soon.
Hughton talked about the former England U21 International:
“He has trained today, which was his first day of training with the team and we will assess how his week goes.”
“It might just be too early for the weekend, but certainly if he comes through this week it will be very shortly after that.”
It’s good to have Steven back, but we’d be a lot happier if the youngster would sign for Newcastle, simply because he’s a local lad and he’s a terrific player.