When Steven Taylor returns to the Newcastle first team in a couple of weeks time, he will be leaner and fitter than he was, after Alan Pardew instructed him to lose some weight.
Leaner Steven Taylor – ready to resume full training
Of course Steven has been hit with all kinds of injuries over the last year, and has played very rarely for the Newcastle first team, after picking up a serious knee injury last January and a serious shoulder injury in July, in his comeback game.
And then when he did return in December, and started to play very well, he picked up a hamstring injury at White Hart Lane.
The 25 year-old local lad, who captained the England U21 side (29 caps, 4 goals), is almost ready to return to full training now, and could even be in the side for the important game two weeks tomorrow, against Bolton Wanderers at St. James’ Park.
Alan certainly didn’t think Steven was fat, but thought that with being in the gym so much recovering from his injuries, he had bulked up too much by lifting weights.
This is what Pardew said today:
“I thought he was looking a little heavy and we have talked to him about his fitness and his diet and changing his training regime.”
“I think you will see a more slender Steven Taylor when he comes back.” “It was physical bulk, upper body bulk, and I don’t think he needs it.”
“He is a big lad, a player who is important to Newcastle.” “He has just signed a new contract and I want him fit and available.”
“Losing him to that hamstring just when he was getting back to his best was a real blow.”
We certainly think Alan Pardew sees Steven Taylor as a big player for Newcastle in the future, along with the likes of Jose Enrique, Fab Coloccini, Kevin Nolan, Chieck Tiote and Joey Barton.
And it seems Alan was impressed with Taylor’s response, and he thinks Steven knew himself that he was too big.
“He agreed with me. It is a case of, I think, he would lose weight in that process, he looks to me more chiseled.”
“He had had a long-term injury, you are bored and you go to the gym and you become involved with regimes which are not suitable for football.”
“I just felt perhaps he had bulked up too much in terms of his muscle mass, upper body. It was not fat, more muscle.”
Newcastle have three experienced center-backs in Coloccini, Williamson and Taylor, and there’s also the up-and-coming Tamas Kadar, who is currently out on loan to Huddersfield, so the club is quite well off in that department, and the four of them will have to fight it out for who starts.
The betting has to be on Coloccini and Taylor being the starting center-backs, once Steven is fully fit again, but that’s only our opinion.
And in our recent poll on who should be the two starting center-backs at Newcastle, Coloccini was first and Mike Williamson came through in second place.
In fact here are the results of that poll held in November, while Steven was still out injured:
Who Are The Best Two Center Backs At Newcastle - You Have Two Votes
- Fabricio Coloccini (47%, 777 Votes)
- Mike Williamson (23%, 372 Votes)
- Steven Taylor (18%, 297 Votes)
- Sol Campbell (12%, 199 Votes)
Total Voters: 840
But it’s good to have more than just two top center-backs, because the squad is what’s all important these days.