25 year-old Steven Taylor as per usual, has been very positive in the interview he gave today.
Steven Taylor – big competition for places
Taylor sees Newcastle’s new senior signings of Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux as very good competition, in a squad which also has two excellent players returning from long-term injuries- Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling.
And Steven knows he will have competition at the back to secure a first team center-back position alongside new captain Fabricio Coloccini.
Mike Williamson is fully fit again from his broken arm, and of course is a fierce competitor, and has played extremely well in the last 18 months at Newcastle.
Steven Taylor told the Newcastle press today:
“The manager will have difficult decisions to make for that game and that is what you want.” “The new lads have come in and settled well, and there are also Hatem and Dan Gosling available.”
“Everyone is challenging for places.” “The new signings have been a breath of fresh air.” “Everyone is fighting for their places and wants to start the Arsenal game.”
“It is all about building towards the Arsenal match and being in the manager’s thoughts when he picks his team.” “We will be ready for that game.”
“By that time I am sure we will know everybody inside out.” “All the new signings have mingled in very well, and the first few days of training have been good.”
“Everyone is getting their fitness now and there is a good spirit among the lads.” “It is all about getting as many minutes under your belt as you can, and everyone is looking forward to the Darlington game.”
“It is all about fitness and putting a good shift in.”
Taylor has also talked about Alan Pardew’s appointment of Fabricio Colooccini as the new captian, with perhaps Steven as the next in line after Fabricio, but of course not being a regular first teamer last season probably counted against the local lad.
But Fabricio’s appointment was very well received by Newcastle fans with over 93% approving of the appointment in our recent poll.
Taylor gave his opinion on the new captain appointment today:
“I respect Fabricio and I am right behind him along with all the other lads.” “I will help him, and he will help me and the other lads.”
“He has a lot of experience – he has played for Argentina.” “I am sure he will be a fantastic leader for us.”
“However, we will also need 10 other leaders on the pitch if we are going to achieve our aims.”
Steven is dedicated to Newcastle of course, and came through the Academy after being a ball boy, during the famous Kevin Keegan era in the 1990s.
We’ll just have to wait and see if Steven can regain his first team place next season, but certainly his goal-scoring ability from corners will stand him in good stead, and if he cannot get a place at center-back, he’s also more than a decent right-back.