The saga involving Neil Taylor and his move from Swansea to Newcastle, is at least not as long as the Jose Enrique saga.
Neil Taylor – still wants Newcastle move
Apparently Newcastle have now talked to Jose Enrique about his plans for the future, but the local newcatsle press have said that if Jose leaves the club, a new experienced left-back will be brought in to replace him.
So reports today in Wales that Neil Taylor’s future is linked with what Jose does, seem to be wide of the mark.
If Jose is leaving it could be that Pardew wants to get Taylor in, so he can at least be on the US tour, so he’ll get a chance to impress then.
And it seems that Neil, not too surprisingly, is still upset at his club for holding onto him, when it looks like he has a clear release clause for around £1M in his contract – if news reports are to be believed.
Neil has been offered a five year deal by Newcastle at much improved wages, and it seems there is some doubt as to whether Taylor will even turn up for the Swansea pre-season training on Monday.
A source in Swansea said today:
“Neil is due back on Monday for pre-season training, but whether he turns up remains to be seen,”
“He still isn’t happy about the situation and is obviously keen to join Newcastle United.”
Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins had this to say about the situation:
“Neil has a contract and he is our player for another two years,”
“The question is not whether he will stay with us, it is whether things will go the other way.”
“We will find out the answer to that in the next few weeks.”
What that statement means we have no idea – maybe it’s in code?
What Chairman Jenkins seems not to understand, is that it is very difficult to keep a player when they are dissatisfied and even angry at the club.
And it appears that not only have Swansea stopped the lad moving to a terrific career opportunity at Newcastle, with their huge 52,000 home crowds at St. James’ Park, but it’s also a big wage bump for Taylor.
Swansea may try to offer Neil a new contract, but that may be not be enough to get the lad to stay, because players like to move on when they get big opportunities.
And once their mind is set on something, it becomes very hard for their clubs to hold onto their players.
We’re surprised Newcastle have not yet taken legal action on the Taylor situation.
Newcastle have a similar situation with current left-back Jose Enrique, and we think Newcastle should let him move on, if he doesn’t want to stay on Tyneside, so at least we are consistent on that.
As we’ve said many times before, we only want players at the club who want to play for Newcastle.
We all learned in the relegation season, that when players are not on Tyneside for the right reasons, when the going gets tough – they simply give up and disappear.