When you read what former manager Joe Kinnear says about Newcastle center-back Steven Taylor – you get the idea that Joe likes Steven a lot a s both a person and a player.
Joe Kinnear – while manager of Newcastle
Joe has been visiting Newcastle lately, and just read what he has to say about the 26 year-old, who was brought up in Whitley Bay from the time he was a few weeks old, but born down south in Greenwich:
“Tayls was absolutely magnificent for me.” “I would love to see him be able to go on a fulfil his potential now he’s fit again, which I’m glad to hear he is.”
“I told him after just a couple of weeks at the club that he was good enough to go on and captain Newcastle. That’s how impressive he was for such a young man.”
“Tayls was actually a quiet lad and maybe showed his opponent too much respect back then, which I spoke to him about, but in my time working with him he really grew as a footballer and a person.”
“His attitude was spot-on. Tayls was a great lad, a really fine human being and he loved being a Newcastle player, what with him being a real Geordie as well. I thought he could go all the way, no problem at all.”
“I saw a future England player, maybe even captain, as well. That’s how highly I rated him.” “He was also very keen to learn. If you talked to him, you could tell he was listening. He wanted to improve.”
“I was really glad to hear that Steven had a great start to last season. It was just a real shame that he got injured when he did.” “I have always kept an eye out for him because he was a pleasure to work with and I’m told by people who watched him every week that he was playing his best football before the injury.”
“He is what I call a proper person.” “Tayls is one of the lads who deserves to do well for Newcastle because he wouldn’t cheat anyone and it means so much to him.”
That’s even a better recommendation than I got from my own mother!
Steven Taylor – back next season as good as ever – hopefully
Steven played for the England U21 team 29 times, and once for the England B team in 2007, and he looked a certain to go on and play for the full England squad.
But that has not materialized yet, due mainly to a number of serious injuries he’s picked up over the last 30 months, but if Steven can steer clear of injuries next season, he could finally get full England recognition.
That’s what we are hoping for, because that would mean Steven was back playing for the Magpies the way he played for the first four months of last season before he injured his Achilles – magnificently.