A Leaner Seven Taylor Ready To Return To Training

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.

Pardew continued:

“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

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But it’s good to have more than just two top center-backs, because the squad is what’s all important these days.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed I bet if you do that poll again the results will have changed.

  • jettson

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    need him fit – need options and cover, id like to see him at right back!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #3

    As I’ve said all along Williamson is a decent Championship centre back. Steve Taylor is a very good PL centre back and a potential England player. The sooner he’s back playing with Coloccini the better.

  • toonfan76

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #4

    He seems to have been really unlucky with injuries. Hope he doesn’t end up like a certain J Woodgate, who was a great player, but couldn’t stay fit.

  • Mac

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Why play him at righback? Surely Simpson is having a great season.

  • veto

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    hurry up with the facebook page Ed , i use the thing as a news reader these days , would be easier to have your blog their also

  • nightfa11

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #7

    in summer we need >

    -bendtner > i think if he played week in week out could be a very good (price 7 mio)
    – lescott > we need sbd to partner colo > wili & taylor are ok..but not if you want to challenge for europe..
    (price.. i think we could get him for 8-10 mio)
    -barnetta > is quality (price : 5 mio)

    simpson colo lescott jose
    barnetta barton tiote ben arfa
    bendtner nolan/ranger

    so mike..we need 20 mio & we’re good to go!!! =)

  • veto

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #8

    williamson and taylor both have their moments , poor colo got panned in his first season , and alot was down to having to work with tayls ! 😛
    still a potential english centre back tho , great on his day and i love the amount of handball saves he gets away with by pretending to have been shot !
    😀 , saved alot of goals that way for us 🙂

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #9

    I agree – run the poll again please. STaylor had not commited himself to NUFC at the time and was getting -ve comments.

    Next matches? I’m feeling good – not carried away but good.
    Rest of season? yes, good as well. It’s as good (if not a little better) than I hoped for at the start.
    AC? I’m over it, it’s history. Good luck to him – 35m was a ludicrous price, (he will do well and the scousers will take to him – but he’ll never live up to the 35m valuation) we had to take it, but the timing was shit. Wish we has got a make-weight player or two as part of the deal. How will I feel when he scores for England? Just another ex-NUFC player probably.

  • Stuart

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Switch Gervinho for Bentner and I’d definately go for that like nightfa11

  • G

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #11

    I always worry when I hear managers tell defenders to lose weight. Remember Olly Bernard? Went to Soton, got told to lose weight, became very breakable after that, hardly kicked a ball again. I daresay his fragility had more than just the weight loss as a cause, yet for some reason it always gets alarm bells ringing.

  • Burni

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #12

    collocini 777 votes, williamson 372 votes, steven taylor 297 votes and sol with 199 votes. Im no mathematical genius ed but that does not add up to a total of 840 hahahah

  • NorseMag

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Please not bendter. He is excactly the opposite of what we need. He would be a step back in an attemp to lower wages and get players who want to play for us. Plus he is terribly overrated. And thinks the world of himself. He would be hated here.

    Don’t rate lescott that much over Taylor either. When he’s fit that is.

    Hope simpson shows that he can continue his form, he’s been like a new signing lately.

  • NorseMag

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #14

    @burni. It doesn’t say total votes does it?

  • G

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #15

    So where did Perch come in on that list then Ed?

  • Oleg G

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #16

    There is a problem with the numbers Ed.

    777 + 372 + 297 + 199 = 840 ?

    I mean, I am no Einstein but I think there is some problem here.

  • bmdspencer

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #17

    I would play Taylor RB. The issues with Taylor and Colo centre backs is presence in the air. I think you need either Williamson or Sol as one of the other centre backs to win the aerial challenges. When Colo isn’t fit then Taylor needs to be centre back. Don’t think you can play Colo and Taylor together.

  • Oleg G

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #18

    nightfa11 // Feb 11, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Don’t agree so much. I think we are stuck on some British or PL proven players who don’t won’t to play for us but they are keep popping in this blog.

    I do agree about players like Tranquillo Barnetta.

    Think we should look more for players who didn’t play in the PL who cost less then those who do, and have the same quality.
    There are a lot of players who we won’t, who came from out of the PL, why shouldn’t we go after those who are still out there instead of wanting those who play in in the PL teams like Man City who probably don’t even want to play at Newcastle.

    They will cost less, and will have more chance of them wanting to come here.

  • Oleg G

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #19

    bmdspencer // Feb 11, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    And what about Simpson then?

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 11, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #20

    nightfa11 do you really think Lescott is better than S Taylor I certainly don’t

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 11, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #21

    777 + 372 + 297 + 199 = 840 ? Everyone had 2 votes so it should add up to 1,680 its a bit short

  • Davies

    Feb 11, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Willo’s had a couple of shocking games recently, but I’d rather him than Taylor. Taylor handles too often and it’s cost us dearly in the past.

    I think they’re as good as each other but they borh have different faults and strengths. Once Taylor’s fit again and they both have a little competition between them, I think we’ll start to see better performances.

    Agreed about Simpson. Leaps and bounds.

  • Davies

    Feb 11, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Also, the maths on that survey is shocking. Aside from the votes total, how could Colo get 93% and Willo get 44%???

  • tom tomb

    Feb 11, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Hope Taylor does not enn up like Olivier Bernard! His then manager at Rangers Paul Le Guen made hin lose weight, it ended up ruining his career. He had a eating disorder and could not get his life back.

  • adi-bizzle

    Feb 11, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #25

    i am friends with olivier bernard as he is one of my coaches and its nothing to do with his weight cuz he eats well. he had a hip injury which ruined his career and eventually made him retire. he struggles to walk now, not cuz of his figure but cuz of his hip.

  • NorseMag

    Feb 11, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #26

    @Burni & Oleg G

    It says total VOTERS. And each had TWO VOTES.

  • DanNUFC

    Feb 11, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #27


    its because each had 2 votes, therefore it should add up to 200%
    just half them all and itll work


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