We had a piece on Steven Taylor earlier today, in which he seemed to wax lyrical about new manager Alan Pardew.
Alan Pardew has a laugh with Steven Taylor
Within a couple days of Pardew arriving on Tyneside, the manager sat Steven down in his office, and wanted to know the details of the contract wrangle going on for over a year now.
And Alan made it abundantly clear to Steven that he saw him in the future of Newcastle United and wanted him to stay at Newcastle.
And after a terrible year in which the local lad has started only 5 games for Newcastle, Steven has hinted today his terrible year may have a happy ending.
This is what Alan said today:
“Its been a difficult year for me with injuries, but it looks as if it could be finishing on a high,”
“Pre-season, I was where I wanted to be looking forward to the campaign ahead only for me to get that freak shoulder injury in our first pre-season game at Carlisle.”
“It was a massive blow to me after being injured last season.” “All I wanted to do was start playing again so to have another three and a half months on the sidelines was a nightmare.”
“I just had to get on with it and come back as quickly as I could.” “I have played a few games now and I am not looking back, just forward.”
“After everything that has gone on this year, it looks like 2010 could end on a happy note. I just want to be playing football for Newcastle.”
That sounds like a massive hint he will soon sign for Newcastle, doesn’t it?
It’s been a terrible 12 months for Steven to be sure, with all his injures, but as far as the wider picture goes Newcastle have done absolutely great in the last 12 months.
Promotion in great style from the Championship was achieved in May, and we are currently 8th in the Premier League, and so far have never been down with the relegation contenders.
Not only that, but we have already beaten two of the perennial top four sides in Liverpool and Arsenal, and the Arsenal win was away at the Emirates Stadium.
It would be terrific if Steven will come out and commit himself to the club before the end of the year, and help Newcastle become great again.
We think he will – we hope he will.