We read Lee Ryder’s piece on his blog today about Steven Taylor’s predicament, and we have to say we think Lee is very close to the truth, on what Steven Taylor now has to do – within the next 4 weeks or so.
Steven Taylor and Didier Drogba during Sunday’s game
Steven is no longer a youngster and at 24 of age, it’s an important decision for him to make, and the news today is that the new offer made by Newcastle is around £40K/week – around £2M/year.
We would love that kind of money.
Of course there are still some players on ridiculously high wages at Newcastle, including the likes of Coloccini, Joey Barton and Alan Smith, but those players came to the club when Newcastle were still paying big bucks for their players – overpaying them in fact.
Since then things have indelibly changed at the Newcastle club, and hopefully will never return to the mad excesses of yesteryear.
So it could be that Steven thinks he’s worth more than £40K/week but he’s a local lad too, and the time is getting very close when he has to fish or cut bait – he basically has to decide if he want to keep playing for his local club.
Steven will be asked before January to sign the new contract – and if he doesn’t do that we expect Newcastle to try to get as much as they can for him in the January transfer window, and then go immediately after Middlesbrough’s David Wheater.
So Steven has to make up his own mind – and maybe go against the questionable advice of his agent Paul Stretford – and being a Newcastle lad we would expect him to sign the new contract, but you never know what greed is capable of.
Time is now starting to run out for Steven, and we await the good news that he’s decided, on his own, to sign a new contract and he can then join another local lad who’s got his head down and working so hard and doing so well for Newcastle United and England.
Another Geordie who wanted to stay at his home town club and made that decision recently – Andy Carroll.
It’s make up your mind time Steven.