With 24 year-old Steven Taylor in the line-up for tomorrow’s game against Chelsea, it’s not too surprising that the situation with Steven’s contract has been raised today.
Steven Taylor – still not willing to sign new contract
Steven’s contract runs out next summer, and his agent Paul Stretford seems content to let Steven run out his contract and then become a free agent in the summer.
Exactly what Steven wants to do is not that clear, but the local lad says that he wants to stay at Newcastle, but his actions obviously do not exactly fit his words, and there’s still no likelihood that a new contract will be signed anytime soon.
Chris tried to play down the contract talks and rightly talked about concentrating on the tough job to be done on Tyneside:
“You have to focus on the job you have to do,” “You do not have any choice. If your focus is on other things, you are not able to do whatever job that is to the best of your ability.”
“ At the hard end where we are, it is about performances, about playing in front of a big crowd, about results.” “You have to be 100 per cent focused and I am quite sure Steven will be.”
“I have not talked to Steven about his contract – that is very much an issue between him and the club. Our stance has not changed.” “We are still very much wanting to have him at the club and we will continue to endeavor to keep him.
“The fact he is on the transfer list has never been much of an issue for us. We want to keep him here – he has the right profile, the right age and the right quality for the type of player we want here at Newcastle and none of that has changed.”
The disagreement with the contract is about the amount, not surprisingly, and from what we can tell Steven has been given only a slight raise in money, from what he’s getting at the moment, and it could be he thinks he can get more elsewhere.
If that becomes more obvious in January, then watch for the club to try to unload the player in the January transfer market, so they get something for the lad who has come through Newcastle’s Academy, and was the England U21 captain.
Of course Steven is still officially on the transfer list, so he will be available to offers in January in any case, unless Newcastle do something, and agree a contract and then take him off the market, but it’s a dodgy situation at best right now with Steven, who has been told not to talk about his contract situation with the press
Chris has called on Newcastle supporters to support Steven, but we’re sure they will, when he’s playing in those black and white stripes:
“Our crowd are very good that way. We have had ups and downs already this season and the crowd has been excellent. When they see a local lad playing for us, of course, I think it does mean more to them.”
“They will get behind Steven if he is playing.” “Both he and Sol have missed a lot of football. Sol has been involved in two games this season, but Steven has missed a lot of games.”
“He has been fit for a good while now, he has a reserve game under his belt and what you have with Steven is a very good player.” “We have lost two important players in circumstances we would rather have done without, but these are the things with which you have to cope.”
“Whether it is through injuries and suspensions, the squad will be tested and this is an opportunity for somebody else to do well.”
Just how well Steven plays in these next three games could have some bearing on the contract situation, because if he’s not starting games in January, the club may think he’s surplus to requirements, but of course Chris Hughton wants him to stay on Tyneside, and doesn’t want to lose him.
But if it comes down to money and Steven wants to leave because Newcastle are not offering him enough – so be it.