25 year-old Steven Taylor cannot currently get his game in Newcastle’s central defense, but he will be going all out next season to get back into Newcastle’s starting line-up.
Steven Taylor – so short of match practice
Steven was playing in the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation charity golf day, and he seems excited about the future of Newcastle United:
“It’s exciting times for us.” “I’ve just signed a new contract and I’m looking forward to being here for the next five and a half years and seeing what we can do in that time.”
“This squad has made a habit of proving people wrong. I think at the start of the season many people thought we’d be in the relegation fight but we’ve proved people wrong again. We’ve really kicked on this season and I think the best thing that’s happened to Newcastle was getting relegated.”
“The spirit we’ve got here now is great, you want to be at training everyday and everyone is hungry to do well for the club. I think we feel lucky to be here, especially the local lads. It’s the best feeling ever.”
“We know the fans would love to replace us with new players – we realize that – but for me I think we can really kick on with this squad next season.” “As a group we’ve done well this season and we want to do even better next season.”
Steven thinks he is still not fully match fit, and that’s hardly surprising since he’s played very few games of late in the Newcastle first team.
Steven’s best chance to get back in the first team will be next season, because Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson have been playing so well for most of the season in Newcastle’s central defense.
Steven talked about his current fitness:
“I’m over my injuries now and I’m just staying fit and keep myself ticking over,” “I’m probably lasting about 60 minutes on the pitch, it’s just lack of practice which makes it difficult when you’re coming back from time out through injury.”
“To be honest I’m already looking forward to pre-season now and hopefully I can kick on next season and that’s the way it should be.”
“I want to get back in their but its up to the gaffer and its up to him what he does. Mike and Fabricio have done a great job this season so theres a lot of center-half opposition but I’m looking forward to getting fit pre-season and hopefully I can try and get myself back in the team.”
With so many injuries in the squad at the moment, we are hoping that Alan Pardew will increase the size of the squad by maybe keeping players like Alan Smith and James Perch at the club, to fill out the squad.
But the injuries are unlikely to decrease next season, and so Newcastle should plan for a bigger, as well as a better squad, to see them though the injuries and lack of form, that will definitely come next season.
For the record Steven so far has 184 appearances for Newcastle and 10 goals.