Steven Taylor was in the best form of his career earlier in the season, when he formed a tremendous partnership with Fab Coloccini at the back for Newcastle.
Steven Taylor – a broken nose didn’t stop this local lad from playing
And it was Steven’s excellent form that allowed Newcastle to go the first 11 games unbeaten, and only concede 8 goals during that time.
Steven would throw himself in front of the ball to block shots, and he hardly ever thinks of his own safety, and of course he broke his nose and played in a mask for a couple of games too.
It will be great to have Steven back again for next season, but surely he has little chance of playing again this season.
The Newcastle manager seems more worried about Steven being fit and ready for pre-season training in the summer, as Alan Pardew had this to say today:
“ “He’s got a terrible injury. But Steven’s on the way back. He’s out of the boot, and we really hope he’ll make pre-season.”
“It’s still a long haul for him to get back from that injury.” “He’s a great personality around the place. He’s funny and stupid, and everything in between!”
“He makes me laugh.” “It’s nice to have him about, and walking again.”
Steven Taylor had hoped to be back for Newcastle’s last game of the season against Everton on May 13th, but Alan Pardew is very unlikely to play him again this season.
Alan did much the same last season with both Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling, who were coming back from long term injuries, and that’s sensible because it gives them that extra couple of months to recover before pre-season starts up.
Steven has had a very tough time with injuries since January of 2010, when he missed the rest of the Championship winning season with a knee injury, and indeed he’ s played only 29 times for Newcastle over the last two years with 3 goals.
Let’s hope that Steven can play next season a lot more than the 15 appearances he made this season, and we think this local lad can be a top player for Newcastle United in the seasons ahead.