Steven Taylor Told To Keep Head Down For Magpies


Newcastle’s defense is the part of the team that has been so much improved over last season.

Steven Taylor – in great form this season – so far

With only four goals so far conceded in seven league games, it’s still the best defensive record in the Premier League,  and in fact in all of the  football league.

The two Manchester clubs and Aston Villa have all conceded just one more goal, on 5 goals.

Captain Coloccini will be looking forward to this game on Sunday against Tottenham,   after scoring a great goal in the corresponding fixture last season, when he turned  brilliantly on the ball in the penalty area, and rifled home one of his five goals so far for the club.

Steven Taylor is now back to his best form for Newcastle, having suffered the misery of 18 months of injury torment, but he is now in great form at the back for the Newcastle team, and he’s one reason Newcastle have done so well,  so far this season.

Of course England manager Fabio Capello doesn’t visit Newcastle much, because it’s too far away, and Fabio is  often seen around the London games over each weekend.

And it could be that Steven will have to wait for the new England manager to be appointed after next summer’s European Championships, before he will get his England chance.

Coloccini talked about Steven today to the Newcastle press corps:

“The main thing he has to do is keep on playing well for Newcastle first. After that if anything happens with England it can only be good for us as a club.”

“But he is playing very well and at the right standard which is required to play at the top.” “It’s working well between me and Steven Taylor. Clean sheets are very important for any defenders and we are picking them up this season.”

“It’s nice. We started the season well and I think that Steven can go on and create great things. Steven is doing well.”  “We also have Willo coming back from injury and James Perch is also waiting for his opportunity.”

“We meet very often and eat together. When you are all friends it makes so much difference.”

Fabricio is always down to earth and keeps his feet firmly on the ground with his solid comments, and of course he is a very popular player and captain on Tyneside.

Mike Williamson should be back within a matter of weeks, and he will out to put pressure on both Newcastle center-backs, as Mike’s proved himself a solid player at the back for the Newcastle first team,  since he was signed in a bargain  £1M from Portsmouth in January of last year.

What a deal that was for Newcastle.

Indeed until Mike is fit again,  Newcastle are in some jeopardy in central defense because the only player who can play there is probably James Perch, although Danny Simpson has also done a job there for the club during the Championship season, when called upon.

Newcastle really need one more experienced center-back in the squad, and that player could arrive in January, when Newcastle will hopefully continue to strengthen the squad.

But Coloccini is right in what he says about Steven Taylor, he just needs to keep his head down and concentrate on playing well for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • bambams

    Oct 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Never thought i would say this but i cant see much difference between Tayls and the current England (int) defenders !
    Cant be that far away, oh yes but the Italian wont travel to the North east will he

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  • G

    Oct 13, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #2

    @ Post 1. He has more pace, and a much smaller turning circle than John Terry if that’s what you mean?

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  • bambams

    Oct 13, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #3

    G….I have only one fault with Tayls, his decision making. At times he can be a bit rash but he is doing very well and i think the fact the back four have had a decent run together has helped. Long may it continue.
    We would have to have the London press writing about him for any international recognition

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  • jakesome

    Oct 13, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #4

    hes got passion for the game aswell (for newcastle anyway) be interesting to see if that lack of regard for his own personal safety transfers over to the england squad

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 13, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #5

    In my honest opinion a believe that Taylor is a better defender than, Cahill and Jagielka so therefore should easily make the squad personally a would have him play CB with Terry both of whom where ther hearts on they sleeves and would die for they club and country and they love being in the way of the ball no matter how painful

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  • Davies

    Oct 13, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #6

    I used to knock Steven Taylor a lot, becauuse he was very accident prone and made a lot of stupid mistakes that have cost us dearly in the past. This season, he’s been absolutely fantastic in almost every area where he was dodgy before he got injured.

    I was also pleased to see a centre half netting three in three at the end of last season, even if he wasn’t paying enough attention to Tchoi. Williamson was my preferred partner for Colo, but he’s going to have to work very hard to get a start when he recoverss from his injury.

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  • geoff777

    Oct 13, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Disgusting that Capello hasn’t visited SJP once.

    He was appointed on 14 December 2007,[25] and commenced his day-to-day role on 7 January 2008.

    So that is 3 years and 9-10 months.

    No wonder the guy is a failure as England manager.

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  • Sav

    Oct 14, 2011 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Tayls needs to keep his hands down, not his head. Still plays like a giddy young bullock, as his clumsy and (worse) unnecessary tackle on Jarvis showed.

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  • liam85

    Oct 14, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Capello is a sh**e England Manager.. can’t wait till someone else comes in.. maybe someone English would be nice.. instead of.. eh, I think, eh, we played, eh, well, eh, eh lol

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