Newcastle New Signings Have Been A Breath Of Fresh Air

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.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • RedMissionBells

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #1

    I am so thankful Tottenham signed Modric instead of us. Modric has been a prick this transfer window, requesting for transfers and demanding to be shipped out to bigger clubs. Where is the loyalty these days ?

  • shearermania

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #2

    if modric played for us we would have just sold him for 30mill which now would have increased our transfer warchest to 65mill,,,so we really could go bananas in expensive free transfers

  • shearermania

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #3

    by the way how many free transfers can you get for 35mill….4-5????

  • gorskino10

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #4


    Whys that? because if we did we could of sold him for 30M and got a decent profit out of the whole situation, ATM we have someone im my eyes worse in Jose Enrique, Modric went the wrong way about it but i prefer to hear them say ONCE i want to leave to bigger club due to this….. and this.. etc..

    Jose hasnt spoke and gives many fans who feel he could stay, i feel being Silent is worse than being Vocal although i do agree Modric said too much, as well as Tevez etc…

    Had a convo with m8 about Loyalty and tbh it is getting lower BUT its still there look at Tony Hibbert been at Everton his WHOLE career, doesnt get into the public eye many probs dont even know who he is.

    Say for example Man United were terrible near bottom of league i bet Scholes and Giggs would of moved on!

  • Dannyo

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Well said Saylor, i personally hope you keep Williamson out of the the CB position this year.
    You were top notch when got a chance to step in.


  • roadfighter

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #6

    I reckon if we get in one more decent striker we will have done pretty good. As a Newcastle fan, we’ve come to be disappointed practically every season, so rather expect less and get more than have high hopes again and get disappointed…


    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #7

    @ shearermania considering we havnt seen any of the carroll money what makes you think wed have 65 , i think ur a dreamer m8

  • carrollsinger

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #8

    If we can get a decent striker in we can get into Europe this season well that’s as long as the players gel

  • joppadoni

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #9

    @7 I Think the sarcasm spoke for itself boom.

    Whos got tickets for the darlo game then? or to put it another way. whos a real fan :^D

  • oscar j

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #10

    pick 2 or 3 strikers out of these:

    barrios, negredo, long, diabate, sow, doumbia, sturridge, petric, bendtner, roux and kiessling

    all about £15million or less each

    also busquets would not be a bad buy as he has 12 months left on his contract but i highly doubt he wud come to us as he wud hav no interest and also y wud chelsea want tiote as they can get modric who may not be as gd defensevly, but has a better goalscoring record and nt as good experience in europe

    also wen modric moved 2 tottenham he was looking around st.james’ for a possible move

    also defoe

  • Nappa

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Belt up anoraks the best team in the northeast will give the grape crushers a football lesson on 20th august

  • jimiley

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #12

    No top players will come to Newcastle because there is no money. There is no money for transfers and no money for big wages. All the Carroll money has gone on wages. Nowt left except casino money. I’ve stopped giving money to the fat man. His business at Sports Direct is making hundreds of millions but there is no money for football. He will not sell because he is coining it in at the Toon. And we will win nowt as long as he is the owner.

  • toon_fanatic

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Bangura Brothers video performance….Hope Newcastle go for them Bang!!! Bang!!! Banguras

  • jimiley

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #15

    I am not sure the signings have been a breath of fresh air. It seems any signings we make are always well received. But they are certainly cheap. We have spent nowt. Sold Nolan for 4 million and spent 4 million. But then again we have no money, do we? The owner has it all in HIS bank account. The club has nuffffin..

  • bills-son

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #16

    jimiley – what a load of ultra negative tosh.

    If you were writing about Middlesbrough I could understand where you are coming from – but us?

    Reading your post you’d think we were Boro – a washed up fizzy side with fizzy players going nowhere – not a Prem team that has Collo, STaylor, Tiote, Gosling, Ferguson, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Marveaux, Ba and Guti + Barton and Enrique who might still stay. They are all quality players.

    We’ve also still got money to spend – I’ll bet we sign another forward + possibly Taylor and Zog.

    We are also financially sound, have an owner who won’t be screwed by players or other clubs and a manager who is clearly respected by the players.

    I can’t wait for the start of the season – I haven’t felt this positive since Sir Bobby was manager. The likes of you want to get out of your neg bed and wake up.

  • LisburnMag

    Jul 12, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #17

    @ bills-son, couldnt agree more!
    the club seems financially sound which is good heading in2 this new uefa rule. i just dont get some fans, have we not learned our lessons? Owen, Kluivert, Luque, etc etc, players who have takin us for a ride on massive wages and done nowt!

  • Stuart

    Jul 12, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Well said bills-son!

  • bills-son

    Jul 12, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #19

    More tosh from jimiley.

    Owen for £17M or Ba for free?

    Luque for £9M or Marveaux for free?

    Boumsong for £8M or Williamson for £750,000?

    Martins for £10M or Best for £1M?

    Duff for £5M or Ben Arfa for £5M?

    I could go on …

    It’s not how much you spend that wins you points and trophies – its who you sign. Look at the £44M of garbage above – add in the wages – and they are only five of the big money signings that won us sweet FA and nearly bankrupted us.

    The only dud signing we’ve made in the last two seasons is Campbell – and MA signed him against his better judgement because Hughton wanted him. Disaster he was.

    We’ve now got a team full of youth, skill, experience and pace. And there will be more signings to come. We aren’t Prem title contenders yet, but we are defo moving in a better direction than ‘spend, spend, spend’ No Plan Fat Freddy.

    Give me Fat Ashley anytime. ANYTIME.

  • bigdan1980

    Jul 12, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #20

    i like bills-son he talks sense! rather than all you whinging f@ckers, ive said it befor and ill say it again…..IF YOU DONT LIKE IT…DONT GO!. saying that i doubt half of you doom and gloomers have season tickets anyway

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  • blissna

    Jul 12, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Well in there bills son. Couldn’t have said it better. I’d rather buy smart and stay financially stable than spunking stupid cash on trophy signings.


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