Alan Pardew has been singing the praises of his 25 year-old center-back Steven Taylor.
Steven Taylor – in action against Sunderland with namesake Ryan
And Pardew has challenged the England manager to take a trip up to Newcastle himself, to check first hand on the former England U21 captain.
Steven has played solidly alongside Argentine International and Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini so far this season, and the Newcastle defense have three clean sheets in their first four league games.
“Steven Taylor is probably playing the best football of his career for me. I think he has a chance of being involved in England again.”
“I think the management should come and have a look at him, he’s doing that well. He is a good player, Steven.”
“I do see a tendency of players to be picked elsewhere than in the north-east.” “Steven Taylor is definitely playing at a level where he should be considered, in my view.
“I don’t know how many times the England manager has seen us this year or seen us last year or has been to games in the north-east, but he would be welcome, most certainly.”
England don’t seem to have any hesitancy in picking Newcastle players these days, and after all Andy Carroll was given his England debut about a year ago, while still at Newcastle.
But Capelllo rarely visits the North East, that’s true, and it’s obviously too far from London for his liking, so he sends his assistants to Newcastle to check on our players – now and again.
Hatem Ben Arfa
And some good news for Newcastle fans today, in that it does seem as if Ben Arfa will get a game on Tuesday night at Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup, after recovering from the ankle injury he picked up in Kansas City on the American tour in July.
“He has trained very well. I don’t think he will be involved this weekend, but with the opportunity of the Carling Cup coming up this week, I think there’s a chance he could feature in that game.”
It will be great to see Ben Arfa back in action, and maybe he can play the withdrawn striker role with Leon Best up front as the sole striker, and get a goal or two for the side?
His presence will go a long way on Tuesday night, to adding some much needed creativity to the side.