Steven Taylor To Miss Stoke City Game?

With Steven Taylor having broken his nose in Saturday’s game,  Newcastle’s streak of five games in the Premier League with an unchanged side,  may be broken next Monday night at Stoke City.

Steven Taylor – getting treatment for broken nose on Saturday

It’s a strange situation this season because  Newcastle now have a very strong squad,  but will not play many games because they are not in European competition.

The top sides play almost twice a week,  and are able to use their squads efficiently and give their players a game because of the extra games, but Alan Pardew has the luxury of being able to play almost the same team every week,  because of Newcastle are only in the league and the two local cups.

When Newcastle were playing in Europe they would regularly play over 60 games a season, but last season Newcastle played just 42 games, with 38 league games, three Carling Cup games and one FA Cup game at Stevenage.

The solution is obviously for Newcastle to qualify for Europe next season, otherwise there could be a lot of unhappy players  at Newcastle, with so many good players not getting a game.

Newcastle are in action tomorrow night at Blackburn in the Carling Cup 4th round, and it seems inevitable that Alan Pardew will have to give games to some of the fringe players, but exactly how many changes he will make from Saturday’s line-up is not clear.

We’re assuming that Steven Taylor will definitely not play in that game, and what Pardew will probably do is pack the bench full of stars, in case they are needed in the game, which of course Newcastle desperately want to win to get through to the quarter finals.

And an amazing statistic is that eight players have started every league game this season for Newcastle.

This is what Danny Simpson said about the stability in the team:

“It helps,” “If you’re playing next to the same person week-in, week-out you build a good relationship with them on the pitch. We’ve got some great players on the bench and even in the stands.”

“When you play you’ve got to make sure that you are playing well because there’s people in the stands who can take your place. It will help the players who are playing at the moment.”

But it could be that Alan Pardew will be forced to change his side next Monday night at the Hawthorns  if Steven Taylor cannot play.

There was news yesterday that Steven Taylor will need to wear a mask, so we have to hope he can play in the mask for a few games while the broken nose heals, much like Shola Ameobi did  after he broke his cheek bone  earlier this year.

But if Steven cannot play next Monday night, then with Mike Williamson still being out injured, who will come in?

From what Alan Pardew has said in the past it appears that James Perch could get the nod, but Newcastle need to sign another center-back in January, because we are short of cover in central defense, and we’re pretty sure that’s exactly what they will do.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Thump

    Oct 25, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Bit sensationalist, isn’t it Ed?

    Saylor will play with or without a mask if he’s allowed.

  • Geordie-Jake

    Oct 25, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    perch GULP, at stoke too, oh shit

  • G

    Oct 25, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Off to the bookies now to put a tenner on a double sending off after a fight between Perch and Kenwyne Jones.

  • geordietc

    Oct 25, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4

    The clayheads play at the brittania not the hawthorns… Hope Taylor plays.

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 25, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Im sure Saylor will play. Its only a broken nose!!!


    Oct 25, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Saylor will play with or without a mask. Lets face it he isnt a looker anyway so it wont hurt him

  • Geordie-Jake

    Oct 25, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Might start anotha manager mode on fifa wit the toon and buy SUPER MARIO 🙂

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 25, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Last Year we lost bcoz of SOLOMON CAMPBELL, i rekon we will win this time round 🙂 but then i always do;)

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #9

    dont worry he’ll play


    Oct 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Toon Tom – might only be a broken nose however Stoke is the worst team to play with a freshly broken conk – the ball will be in the air 90% of the time. It will show us what type of man Tayls is.
    Keep the Faith

  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #11

    He would probably play with two broken legs! I’m hoping he does, we’re short of cover with williamson injured and Kadar inexplicably not around. We all said we needed another CB… I hate to run our players down but I have no faith in Perch, especially not away to Stoke in what should be one of the toughest games we’ve played so far this season.

  • estechco

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Can Santon not step into play at CB?

  • magpiebop

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Kadar captained the reserves against Liverpool and now has played seven games this season. He’s fit!

  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #14

    @ estechco

    Good point, he probably could. As far as I know he can pretty much play across the back 4. Obviously it’s not ideal as he hasn’t yet been given the chance to find his feet at Newcastle but I think that would be preferable to our other (limited) options.

  • SwedishMagpie

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    I rember last time perch played against stoke….


    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Aw man! The potheeds beat us twice last season. We need Saylor’s gungho, never say die, chuck my head in front of a ball shaped missile attitude in that one! Howay Steve you got the ”eye of the taylor!, Stokes one hell of a fight!” ”rise up to the challenge of our rivals!” ”Your the last known survivor of sir bobby’s team”(harps @ brighton& shola injured)”stevies watching that ball in the air!! With the eye of the Taylor”


    Oct 25, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Howay taylor ”change our passion 4 glory” ”you’ve done your time on the benches”! Heal up stevie coz the toon army loves ya!!

  • markmac

    Oct 25, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #18

    @ 15] perch OG?? yeh cracking finish wasnt it…..


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