It’s an open question as the whether 25 year-old local lad Steven Taylor can get his first team place back in the Newcastle side.
Steven Taylor – can he regain first team place?
Last season it was Mike Williamson who was preferred buy both Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew, as Mike has played consistently well since he was signed for £1M from Portsmouth a short 18 months ago.
But when Steven got his chance in the last three games of the season, when Mike broke his arm in training no less, he took the chance with both feet and scored in each one of those last three games, and also played very solidly at the back.
And if he cannot get in at center-back maybe he can challenge Danny Simpson for the right back position, as we somehow need Steven’s goal-scoring prowess from set pieces in the side, somehow.
Taylor told the local Newcastle press:
“At Carlisle a year ago was my first game back from a knee injury in the January before.” “I headed the ball for a corner and landed on my shoulder.”
“It was so frustrating, but that’s behind me now, it’s history.” “I’m fit now, and just looking forward to the first game. That’s the main thing.”
Taylor was playing so well and enjoying the game so much that he hardly wanted the season to end, but it did, and now he will have a monumental task to regain his first team place at his local club.
The boy who was was raised by Geordie parents in Whitley Bay continued:
“Last season could have gone on longer – I didn’t want it to end.” “It was good to end the season in the team, but we were disappointed to draw the last game.”
“The main thing is that we’re looking forward to the new season.” “I’ve put my injuries behind me, and I just want to help the team this season.”
“Everyone’s looking forward to getting back out there for the Darlington game.” “There’s a great spirit among the lads, and we just want to get started.”
“When I first started doing pre-seasons, some players would let themselves go over the summer, but that doesn’t happen now.” “Players look after themselves in the summer, and that’s so important.
“They make sure they come back in good condition.” “If you keep yourself in good shape, it doesn’t take you so long to get back to full fitness.”
We would have liked some defensive reinforcements brought in during the summer, but if Tamas Kadar, Shane Ferguson and James Tavernier can press hard for a first team place in the back four, Newcastle should do okay this coming season at the back.
For the record, Steven has played 187 times for Newcastle with 13 goals, since making his first team debut in late March of 2004, when just 18, in the UEFA Cup Fourth Round second leg tie against RCD Mallorca.
What do you think?