Steven Taylor Must Take His Chance Tomorrow

It must have been assault training day yesterday at Benton,  with two players picking up injuries that will keep them out out for the rest of the season.

Steven Taylor – big chance to show Pardew what he can do

Mike Williamson somehow managed to break his arm, and the only thing we were told about Ben Arfa was that he had a little set-back, but whatever that was it that will keep him out for over two weeks, and therefore past the end of the season.

It does give Steven Taylor a chance to again show what he can do for Newcastle, and we’ve been surprised the 25 year-old has not been able to regain a first team place this year, especially given his prior career at the club.

This is what manager Alan Pardew said about Steven today:

“He had a fantastic younger part of his career,” “Then he’s hit a bit of a leveling off when he’s not gone either forward or backward, and that’s dangerous for a young player.”

“He needs to get back moving his career in the right direction. He’s a young center-half with tremendous qualities and he needs to just have the mentality to use those.”

“He’s got the technical ability to be an England player, but you’ve got to be fit every week and have the mentality to work every day. His fitness and injuries have been a big issue and probably one of the reasons why he’s flattened out.”

“He’s in his natural position. He was a bit unfortunate when he came back, he ended up playing in a couple of positions that weren’t his favored ones. I wanted to see what he offered at right back, but this is his favored position.”

“We’ve changed his training program and his diet a little bit. He was getting big, muscular on top and we’ve tried to slim him down a little bit and he looks better for it, he looks quicker.”

We’ve wondered for a while how Newcastle are picking up all these injuries in training, and in the interviews with the local press yesterday, it seems that Alan Pardew was a little irritable on that particular topic, which is hardly surprising.

It also seems that there’s little chance of seeing Dan Gosling back this season, so Newcastle have suffered injuries to Leon Best, Steven Ireland, Danny Guthrie, Shola Ameobi, Mike Williamson and Ben Arfa in training this year alone – and there’s probably more than that on the list.

Best, Ireland, Williamson and Ben Arfa, and also maybe Danny Guthrie,  are out for the season.

But at least this is a chance for Steven Taylor to get back into the swing of things at the club, and ever since he signed his new long term contract, shortly after Alan Pardew arrived, he hasn’t been able to hold down a first team place in the side.

Steven has started only two games this year, and has appeared only 11 times this season, and so far has 184 overall appearances for Newcastle with 10 goals.

We have to hope Taylor can give a solid appearance at the back for Newcastle tomorrow against Birmingham City, who are a side we should still be able to beat, even with all the injuries the lads have been picking up.

A win tomorrow will lift the spirits of both fans and players at Newcastle, and a win is what we all need.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • lewytoon

    May 6, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    come on steven ur better than williamson

  • lewytoon

    May 6, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    wooo first 😀

  • Banbridge Mags

    May 6, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    S. Taylor has had his chances and while I’m not saying he’s a bad player, far from it – he is better suited as a squad player and someone reliable for shortages and injuries. Unfortunate for Williamson but the players are already thinking of the beach with no ups or downs realistically to play for. A good CB partner for Colo in the summer would be excellent as MW is a little accident prone. Thoughts?

  • Partizan

    May 6, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    lewytoon…i agree,not a big fan of Taylor but he can do the job better than Willo.

  • Banbridge Mags

    May 6, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #5

    PS. new kit is disgraceful – current style in my opinion is by far the best we’ve had for some time.

  • Davies

    May 6, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    If he was better than Williamson, he’d have played a lot more than him since returning from injury. He hasn’t, because Williamson is better.

    Taylor is clumsy and gives penalties away, but the one thing he has that Williamson doesn’t is the ability to go forward with confidence.

    I’m not saying Taylor’s no good; he is good, but he still has to iron a lot of stupid mistakes out of his game. I don’t think it’s any surprise that our back four, particularly Colo, look more solid and confident when Williamson is in there.

    I’m always happy to be proven wrong mind, because I do like Stevie T.

  • Davies

    May 6, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    I do, of course, realise that Willo gave a penalty away at the weekend, but his form for it isn’t nearly as shocking as Taylor’s.

    And yes, he new kit is horrible, but I have no doubt that it will grow on me.

  • terencelim

    May 6, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t need any beautiful words in my explanation, but Steven Taylor is no where as good as Williamson, in many aspects 🙂

  • Banbridge Mags

    May 6, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Beautiful words???

  • thepict

    May 6, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    What is going on in training? Players picking up to many injuries. This needs to be sorted out pronto.

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 6, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #11

    A few years ago, Taylor has come through our ranks, he was a local lad playing centre back for us, and he was the captain of an England U21 team including Theo Walcott and Joe hart.

    He’s just stagnated recently, but obviously that’s because of a year long injury, and Willo hasn’t done anything to deserve being dropped.

    I still think he has the potential to be quality, and clearly Pardew does too, as he’s only 25. We were all desperate for him to sign that contract 😛

  • Rotonda heights

    May 6, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Ashley Williams or Kadar for next season next to Colo. Both Taylor and Willo are dodgy. At least Willo doesn’t think he’s Cannavaro, while Taylor probably thinks he us despite all his never-ending foul – ups.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 6, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t think we were all deserate for him to sign that contract at all !!


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