One of the most satisfying things of the last three games for Newcastle has been the form of local lad Steven Taylor.
Steven Taylor – scores first goal for Newcastle on Sunday
Steven came in for Mike Williamson, who broke his arm in training, and Alan Pardew told the 25 year-old to take his chance and he’s done just that.
Not only did Steven regain his old form at the back for Newcastle, to show he’s still got it in him – we were wondering about that – but he also scored a good goal in each of the three games, from set plays.
With his three goals that means Steven has scored almost a quarter of his 13 goals for Newcastle – in just 3 games – so how many could he get next season becomes a very good question.
With Newcastle specializing in set plays, Steven will presumably become a very valuable member of the Newcastle team next season, and could get the nod over Mike Williamson, if only because of his goal scoring prowess.
Mike has yet to score for the Newcastle side.
Steven was our Man of the Match again on Sunday, and he had another very solid game.
This is what Steven told the local Newcatsle press corps:
“It’s a strange time to be finishing the season because I feel as though I’ve just really got my fitness back,” “I haven’t played anything like as many games as I would have liked.”
“But the manager has been fantastic with me and when I got my chance in the last three matches I’d like to think I took it.” “Who knows who might arrive in the summer, but having ended the season in the team, I’d like to think that shirt is mine at the moment.”
“Hopefully, I’ve let people know that’s my spot, and I’m not about to let anyone take it off me.” “It’s been a difficult season personally because injuries have kept me out of the side,”
“When I’ve been fit, I’ve generally been fairly happy with how I’ve been playing.” “My first game back was the home draw against Chelsea and I had a little run where I was just starting to feel comfortable again.”
“Unfortunately, I got another injury against West Ham, and that’s what kept me out of another run of matches. When I came back, I always felt like I was playing catch-up in terms of everyone else’s level of fitness.”
“When you’ve been out for a while, it’s never easy to pick up the pace straight away.”
Steven’s poor level of fitness would explain why when he has played season, he never looked like the Steven Taylor of old, because it does take a run of games to get back into the swing of things, especially in the Premier League.
And we should remember that Steven started his career as a center-forward and of course he just loves scoring goals.
If he can show the form of these last few games next season, and continue scoring goals, he will certainly attract the attention once again of the England selectors.
Taylor played for all the England Youth sides and 29 times for the England U21 side with 4 goals, and he also has one England B cap.
And one thing we’ve always liked about the Greenwich-born player is that he’s got terrific enthusiasm and passion for the club.
Steven has now played 187 times for Newcastle with 13 goals.