Steven Taylor Now Just Waiting For His Chance At Newcastle


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!

Comments welcome.



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4 comments so far

  • peterktoon

    Nov 17, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Just sign a contract then!

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  • CT

    Nov 17, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Terry/Alex out estimated upto 3x months each.
    Don`t be surprised cut price move in Jan.
    Est £2.5–£3 mill.

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  • max

    Nov 18, 2010 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #3

    come on.. just make steven taylor sign the contract.. he is a really good player and it is hard to find a good defender compare to find a good striker.. he can be the geordie’s captain one day.. i’m sure about that as long as he is staying at our club..

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  • chuck

    Nov 18, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Look there are players in the side earning way above the amount Taylor is asking for, this is about Ashley`s reluctance to spend and the hardball game it seems he feels he has to play.
    Were he with another side(Taylor) and became available as a free agent but was asking for sixty grand or so wages , it would sound like a deal.
    He`s a talented player, played well with for the side and as an England u21, is still young and improving.
    Give both Taylor and Hughton the contracts they deserve, no more screwups please, especially when things seem to be going so well.

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