Steven Taylor had a terrible time of it last year.
Steven Taylor – wants European competition again
Because of two serious injuries, one to his knee he sustained against WBA last January, and then the other to his shoulder he picked up against Carlisle United last July, Steven played only a handful of first team games for the Magpies last year.
But we were pleased that Steven signed his new five and a half year deal at Newcastle, but it seems he needed Alan Pardew to push him just a little bit to sign it – but all’s well that ends well.
And when Steven returned to the side in December, he looked as good as ever, and Pardew has told the now 25 year-old, he is now a key player for the club in the future.
Steven told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I have won a Championship, but I want to win a cup and play in Europe where this club should be.”“Why not?”
“With the players we have, there is no reason we cannot in the years to come, but we have to stay in this league first.”
“That is our first target. We have talent in this dressing room, and I am positive we will be adding one or two extra faces sooner rather than later.”
The former England U21 captain has not played since the 5-0 hammering of West Ham, because he picked up a hamstring injury in that game.
He probably will not make the next two games at Fulham next Wednesday and at home to Arsenal next Saturday, but Mike Williamson has come in and not put a foot wrong for the side, and has played very well alongside Fabricio Coloccini..
Apparently, Steven has been putting in double treatment sessions at the club’s Benton Training base, and may be fit for the game at Blackburn on Saturday 12th February, or at Birmingham the following Tuesday evening.
The Greenwich-born center-back, of Geordie parents, continued:
“Everyone knows I never wanted to leave this club.”
“I was happy to commit my future to Newcastle United, and I just want to be part of a successful team.”
“The spirit is fantastic here.” “We want to stay in the Premier League this season.”
“We did fantastically under former boss Chris Hughton, and now everyone is working hard for the new gaffer.”
“There is no reason why we cannot push on and do really well over the next few years.”
It’s OK talking about being back in Europe, but we’ll be happy enough once we get 42 points this season, and are safe in the Premier League.