Steven Taylor played the whole game for the Newcastle Reserves yesterday afternoon at Benton, when Newcastle beat Man City Reserves 1-0.
Steven Taylor – waiting for his chance
But it seems that Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson are the two central defenders who have made claim to the positions while both Steven and Sol Campbell have been out injured, and they are hardly willing to give those places up.
Steven last played for the first team against West Brom last January in the Championship – and it was Steven’s injury that prompted Chris Hughton to go out in late January and buy Mike Williamson from Portsmouth for just £1M, and Mike has been a terrific buy for the Tyneside club.
Steven has had more than a frustrating year, and we’re sure he’ll celebrate it being over on new year’s eve, as the 24 year-old Greenwich born player came back in August and was injured at Carlisle in the first half of his first game back.
Steven said today:
“It seems a long time ago since I last played 90 minutes.” “Fitness-wise, I am feeling great. I am just waiting for a chance, really.”
“I have 90 minutes under my belt, and it is in the bank now.” “I was working hard doing three sessions a day in the gym.” “The medical staff have worked me hard, and I feel great.”
“It was great to get the 90 minutes under my belt – I needed it.” “I am ready if the call comes.”
“All you can do is be patient and wait for your chance – if the gaffer picks you you have to try to take your chance.”
“I just have to see what happens.” “It is horrible – there is nothing worse than sitting in the stand and watching as a footballer.”
“You need to be out there – being in the stand or on the bench is not where you want to be.” You just have to get on with it.”
Steven is hardly used to being out of the side when he is fit, but it looks like he and Sol Campbell may indeed have to exercise some patience over the next few weeks, as Mike and Fabricio are in great form right now for the Magpies, and Chris can hardly drop them on current form.
That’s what happens when you have a good squad, and Newcastle seem to have improved the strength of the squad quite significantly this year, and have made some excellent buys in Williamson, Simpson and Tiote to mention just three, that together cost the club only £5M.
Those three are bargain buys!