It was good to see Steven Taylor come in for the injured Mike Williamson on Saturday, and not only have a solid game at the back for Newcastle, but also score with a powerful header from a Joey Barton corner.
Steven Taylor – in action last Saturday
Steven has a lot of experience in the Premier League, and so far has played 186 times for his local club, and has now scored 11 goals, since making his debut as an 18 year-old.
Of course Taylor had considerable success earlier in his career when he captained the England U21 side, and appeared fro them a total of 29 times with 4 goals.
Steven also signed a new long term contract in late December, shortly after Alan Pardew joined the club as manager, and Alan was very pleased with the Greenwich born player’s performance against Birmingham last Saturday:
“I thought he was outstanding,” “If I was marking him, I’d give him an eight out of ten.”
“I liked his assurance and focus. He was on his game, and when the ball came, he attacked it.”
“I’ve worked hard with Steven to make sure that next year he’s ready to put in a season that his potential three to four years ago was suggesting.”
“I think he can.”
Steven Taylor is currently second in our poll for Newcastle’s Man of the Match last Saturday, with Joey Barton leading on 31% of the vote and Steven second on 27%.
Taylor will be looking forward to pre-season and hoping to get his first team place back in the center of Newcastle’s defense, but he’ll still have Coloccini and Williamson as stiff opposition next season.