Steven Taylor must be playing his best football ever at St. James’ Park this season.
Steven Taylor – in action on Saturday
After spending almost 18 months out in the cold with injuries and with Mike Williamson keeping him out of the side, Steven has made a great comeback this season, and is finally over his injury concerns.
He is one of the reasons Newcastle have been doing so well this season, and he is forming a terrific partnership at the back with his new captain Fabricio Coloccini, who is also in sparkling form.
The £10M Newcastle paid Deportivo for the Argentine now looks a very good buy, and a bargain when you compare Chelsea signing David Luiz for £25.5M from Benfica earlier this year.
I was reading an article about David Luiz on a Chelsea blog, and they compared how well Fab Coloccini was playing at Newcastle, and they said the big difference between the two of them was that Coloccini could actuially defend.
So it doesn’t look like the Chelsea supporters are too happy about David, and their 2-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen last night will not help new manager André Villas-Boas keep his job.
Just as long as Roman Abramovich doesn’t sack him before we play Chelsea a week on Saturday at the famed St. James’ Park.
Newcastle must now stand a good chance of picking up all 3 points in that game.
But of course we have the Old Trafford game coming up before we think too much about that next game, and this is what stalwart Steven Taylor said about that game:
“Manchester United have some world class players, like Wayne Rooney for example. What a player he is, but we’ve just got to be able to deal with it.”
“The pressure will be on them and not us. We’re going to go there and enjoy our football and try to improve on what we did at Man City.”
“That was a test of what’s to come and we did well, despite the defeat – but I think we can get better. Before the game we set out what we wanted to do and didn’t get to do that.
“But we’ll look back at Saturday’s game and try to improve, and put those things right.”
Even though Steven is playing in that plastic mask to protect his previously broken nose, he had a terrific game at the back at the Etihad stadium, and we’ll need another performance like that from him on Saturday if the lads are to get anything out of them game.
But somehow we do think we’ll see a better performance from the defense on Saturday, and we stand a decent chance of taking something out of this game, and that will set us up to beat Chelsea too.
Alan Pardew’s goal for the three touch game at the two Manchester clubs and at home to Chelsea was 3 points, so even if the lads get nothing on Saturday, a win against Chelsea will put us on our way again.
Howay The Lads!!