Newcastle’s Steven Taylor In Provisional GB Olympic Squad

News today that Steven Taylor has been included in the provisional Great Britain squad for the London Olympics this summer.

Steven Taylor in GB provisional squad

Steven has been out since early December with an Achilles injury, and it’s hard to think he could be fit  enough to play for Great Britain in late July – the first games are on July 26th – but it’s possible.

Taylor is in a list of 80 players that Stuart Pierce, who is a big fan of Steven Taylor – he was his captain for the England U21 side a few years back – has announced and the players are on standby for the Games.

We suppose it’s possible Steven could make the games, because he will have around three weeks of pre-season training before the Games, but it could also be a risk if he is pushed back too quickly.

Newcastle are unlikely to be too happy about this, since Steven is hardly physically fit or match-fit right now, although he has been on the come-back trail for around six months since he snapped his Achilles (ouch!) in the home game with Chelsea in early December.

Stuart Pearce will announce his final squad of 23 in the next few weeks – although officially he’s got until mid-July to do that.

We think this is  a nod to Steven,  that his great form for Newcastle in the first part of last season had not gone unnoticed by England, and it will be a little bit of a spur to the local lad to regain his fitness and start starring again for Newcastle United next season.

Sounds good to us.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 26, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Paying out unlimitless wages for Spanish donkeys is too good for Ashley.

  • bambams

    May 26, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Just watch him get picked then get injured….Would be typical of our/his luck

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 26, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Maybe a blessing in disguise if it was just a slight injury would definitely highlight the need to bring in an INTERNATIONAL class CB.


    May 26, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Would Ferguson allow his player to be picked in these circumstances? I hope Pards follows his example

    Good for Saylor though and I’d be all for it if he was fit and not injury prone

  • geoff777

    May 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #5


    I wish Ashley would help these Spanish donkeys …

    Don’t post anymore but still read the blog.

  • Klatoon

    May 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    It would be a joke if he actually went. Atleast he knows his manager is in the market for a CB so he’ll make his decision carefully!

  • bambams

    May 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail for Ashley

    Good point, worringly as it is so obvious we NEED an international quality CB…..We needed one in Jan and we failed, whats to say ASH gives out the statement ‘we tried but could not agree…’ once again.

    Mentioned in previous thread i thought Debauchy would have been in the bag by now, just hope we dont regret leaving the signings til after the championships and other clubs come in for them.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8

    How you doing,why you stopped posting mate ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Hope Huddersfield dont win today !

  • Dannyo

    May 26, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Jordan Rhodes will has an asking price of £8 mill.
    Jesus Christ, clubs are prizing english players out of english teams.
    We’ll go abroad every time unless the player is on a free.
    FA needs to put the foot down, clubs are imploding english talent.

  • geoff777

    May 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11


    I didn’t fit in with OV.

  • jimmyxavi

    May 26, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #12


    Rhodes is Scottish haha! But you do have a point! 8m for a player who scores in league 2 or 8m for Cisse who scored in the bundesliga…

    Look at beckford, similar type of player, does nothing all game then pops up with a goal! He couldn’t make it in the prem though!

  • SupaToonKid

    May 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #13

    I hope Huddersfield win today because let’s be honest Rhodes is good but is overrated and has a ridiculous price tag of £8M. There are better young, forwards we could sign for much cheaper in England as well as on the Continent.

    As well if Sheffield Utd lose we could go in for there young CB: Harry Maguire. The lad looks very good at only 19 years old also has the capability to play as a CDM and reckon he could play for England one day so wouldn’t be a bad coup for around £2-3M, then loan him out next season to a Championship side, e.g. Sheffield Wednesday hehehe 🙂

  • thebionicMAG

    May 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Dont buy this for a second. I’ve said it from the day he got injured he’ll be out until Sept/October, possibly even November. However only if the rupture was a COMPLETE TOTAL one i.e. the Achilles snapped in half. They said it was so I doubt he’d be ready for July. BUT whether its total or partial I hope I’m wrong and if I am I hope he doesn’t go. The Olympics will be highly charged and a bit too competitive after such an awful injury. I think he needs a sensible pre season with his team.


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