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.