Whitley Bay resident Steven Taylor knows all about what it’s like coming through the ranks of the Newcastle Academy.
Steven Taylor – came through the Academy at Newcastle
Steven was a star youngster on Tyneside, who played for every England Youth side from U16 through the England U21 side, and he was captain of the U21 side.
Steven has had a tough job getting into the Newcastle first team this year, but showed that he may be coming back to somehow near his best in the last couple of games, in which he’s scored a header from a set play in both games.
Steven is deputizing for the injured Mike Williamson, but Steven’s ability to score goals on set plays, may eventually give him the nod over Mike Williamson, who has yet to score for Newcastle.
Steven thinks youngsters like Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson, Kazenga LuaLua, Michael Richardson and James Tavernier have all mixed in well with the Newcastle first team this year, after so many senior players have been out with injury.
Steven told the Newcastle local press corps today:
“I came up through the ranks, and having homegrown players in the team and squad is so important to the club and the fans.” “It was good to see the young lads come on and get their chance, especially at Stamford Bridge against world-class players, and I think the fans like to see that too.”
“Now they can go on and achieve more, and it is up to us senior lads to give them all of the encouragement and help they need.” “It can be a daunting step, but they have done well. Getting that experience so early in their careers will stand them in good stead.
“They did very well, and that bodes well for the future.” “This season’s been fantastic.” “We said at the start of the season when on tour in Ireland that we wanted to avoid relegation, and we did that with a few games to spare.”
“We can finish the season on a high in front of our own fans against West Brom.” “They’ve been brilliant all season, and we want to reward them with another win.” “There’s no reason why we can’t perform like we did against Chelsea.”
Indeed the last two games have seen Newcastle give some gutsy performances, after the disappointing and all too too easy 3-0 loss at Anfield.
Those 4 points in the last two games have given Newcastle a decent chance of finishing in the top half of the table, but the job is not complete yet, and a good performance against West Brom on Sunday is what’s needed.
After all West Brom beat Newcastle 3-1 back in December, in what turned out to be former manager Chris Hughton’s 74th and last game in charge of Newcastle. Chris had a 53% win rate in those 74 games in charge with 39 wins, most of them in the Championship of course.
So Newcastle owe one to West Brom on Sunday.
Howay The Lads!!