Newcastle Manager – Our Center-Back Looks Fantastic


Alan Pardew is a big admirer of Steven Taylor, Newcastle’s 26 year-old center-back who played great for Newcastle last season, until he badly injured his Achilles against Chelsea at St. James’ Park on December 1st.

Steven Taylor – training earlier this week

Taylor was among the Newcastle squad that arrived in eastern Germany tonight, even though the defender is unlikely to play tomorrow night against FC Chemnitzer , as he is carrying a slight hamstring pull, that he picked up earlier this week in training.

Steven has worked hard since his injury in getting back to full fitness again and spent some time in Portugal earlier this summer to get full fit with a member of Newcastle’s Physio staff, and it seems to have paid off.

This is what Alan pardew said yesterday:

“Steven has trained the whole summer and looks fantastic.” “At the moment he has a slight hamstring strain, which I’m okay about because it’s not his original injury – that’s been absolutely perfect.”

“It’s a question now of him toning his body and making sure we get a full season out of Steven, because last year and the season before this Club hasn’t had many full seasons out of him, and we are aware of that.”

“So the medical staff will keep a very close eye on him, we will watch him training and try to protect him to get him through the season.”

The time since January of 2010 has been a bit of a nightmare for Steven,  as he picked up a serious knee injury against West Brom that month, that kept him out of the rest of the promotion season.

And then on his first game back at Carlisle United in July of 2010,  he picked up a serious shoulder injury and didn’t start playing regularly again until later that year.

And even last season Steven suffered a broken nose (“there goes my modeling career”) and he was forced to wear a face mask,  so he could keep playing at the back for the Magpies, so Steven has certainly been in the wars over the last thirty months or so.

Alan Pardew is well aware that a fully fit Steven Taylor all next season will be a boon to Newcastle, and he will be given various exercises in an effort to keep the defender full fit through the coming season.

It’s also not unusual that a player returning to full training, after a significant time off,  picks up niggly little injuries, as his body get back to full fitness again, and the rigors of all out training and playing.

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69 comments so far

  • bambams

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Slight hamsting injury !

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  • Levi

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #2

    we all know he is fantastic lol. any one see psg have signed ibrahimivic and thiago silva for 49 mil. might mean sakho is ready to leave

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #3

    This hamstring injury just emphasises the desperate need for a new CB. Now that PSG look like doing a deal with AC Milan for Thiago Silva I’d love it if we’d get Mamadou Sakho as Douglas deal looks like it has stalled.

    With PSG as well signing Lavezzi & Ibrahimovic looking like part of a double deal with Silva maybe we’ll go back in for Gameiro. I think a younger CF like Castaignos would be better but Gameiro challenging with the 2 Dembas up top would be so good.

    With Ajax as well wanting ridiculous money for Anita I wouldn’t be surprised if we went back in for Matuidi (as we did when he was at St. Etiènne). A triple PSG deal for Gameiro, Sakho & Matuidi + Debuchy & Hoilett would be a dream window (even 3-4 of them would be amazing).

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #4

    we need cover as top priority.

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  • shearer 9

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Psg ave just bought zlatan and thiago silva so hopefully we at least try and buy sakho

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Sakho, Gameiro and Debuchy and we are toasting! Matuidi would be class as well!! Four-Frenchman raid!! Anyone think I’m a little over excited? 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Hmmm, is Pardew tying to cheer us up about Taylor, because we may not be in the market any more for a centre half ? Hope not….

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  • shearer 9

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Lol didn’t read the comments before posting but I can see him going to someone like arsenal coz they tried to get him last year for 13m so if they cud get him now for 6-7 I’m sure they will b interested but hope we r more

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  • miggy

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #9

    y pay all that money wen u can have me for a tenner a game am consistent one hell of a goal scorer i can defend play up front am versatile play about anywhere ap n ma open ur eyes europe here i go alonesome lol

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Can see us just signing Paul Scharner.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Ketsbaia stop it. Lol

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #12

    miggy

    carr is everywhere, or is that god??

    whichever just keep scoring them goals mate nufc needs yooooou!!

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  • Spuggy

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #13

    We don’t need a top 3rd striker like De Jong or Gameiro – we need a young hungry centre forward who is better than Best and Lova but not as good as Cisse and Ba, then we have Shola as a sub to see games out and slay the mackems twice a year. Keeping 3 top strikers happy would be very difficult, with Ba already showing frustration at not playing up front.

    What we need as more of a priority are a CB and FB who are comfortable with the ball at their feet – then we have a first 11 who can all receive and pass the ball comfortably. Too many hoof balls from Simpson and Willo (and Raylor when in that posotion) just puts us under pressure again and again. We need to control the ball from defense onwards.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #14

    hahahaha

    its funny ya get ya regulars on here, it seems theres 1 group of regulars post a couple hours, they leave then another group pops up

    welcome ketsbia and cwarr its nearly my bed time, are yous alowed to stay up late on a school nite??

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  • geordie157

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Scharner, Ketsbaia must be smoking something again!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Well, I’m hoping we sign players who are equivalent to what we’ve already bid for. I’d be happy with:

    RB/LB
    CB
    DM
    Striker

    We can strengthen again in January.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #17

    @gateshead i.pop up most times of day. Was up at 6 like

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  • geordie157

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Swede hamad to sign, is my random rumour

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  • Spuggy

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #19

    To be honest even is we only signed debuchy and a 3rd striker we’d look a hell of a lot stronger with Saylor and Marveaux fit again. Who knows how long they can stay fit though.

    I also wouldn’t mind trying this formation:

    ……………………..Krul………………………

    Debuchy…..Saylor….Collo……Santon

    …………….Tiote…………Cabaye………..

    …..Arfa…………….Ba…………….Marv…

    ……………………..Cisse……………………..

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  • GeordieRooster

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #20

    People need to realise that french internationals like gamiero , sakho and matuidi arent going to come to newcastle and sit on out bench and make our squad stronger, we need quality youngers that are more content to sit on a bench.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #21

    swede hamad, is that a footballer or some sort of slang??

    im on most days but i tend to just read the posts, only certain nites a sign in if a fancy a bit banter,

    different crack on here to facebook and the likes, funny seeing people you would never otherwise talk tos opinions, especially the mad/bad/completeley corrupt 1s and trying to picture the man behind the idea, thinkin you must be from a differen planet hahaha

    or maybe its just me…

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #22

    GeordieRooster

    Don’t think anyone is of the opinion that Sakho will be sitting on our bench! Willo is hardly going to start in front of him now is he? Nor Taylor for that matter

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  • Valci

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Spuggy – I would like us to bring another defensive midfielder to play next to Tiote and i’d play Benny, Cabs and Marv behind either Cisse or Ba depending which s in form.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #24

    @Ketsbaia agreed for where we need strengthening. But i think only in depth

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #25

    different*

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  • Spuggy

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Agreed GR.

    We also need to give the likes of Vuckic, Sammy, Abeid, Fergy, Tavernier, Amalfitano and Bigiramana a chance to develop.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Spuggy @13

    Spot on
    We need the CB/FB first everything else is a luxury if Marv stays fit

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  • Spuggy

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #28

    I don’t think you can play Cisse OR Ba. Dropping Cisse is like Manu dropping Rooney. You just wouldn’t do it, unless your resting him the odd game.

    How Pards fits Ba into the team come August is one of his biggest challenges for next season. If we can get Cisse and Ba firing can you imagine it!

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #29

    yep agree and the way things are going i say forget debouchy and go for the free polish international leftback.
    douglas would be my 1st choice cb but if not i think we definatly need one.
    hoilett would be great bargain for the money (prob higher wage and blackburn take a fee because under 24yo) and will grow in value.
    and a less known young striker maybe maiga at 5mil as he wants to play for us.
    even if we dont sign any though if we keep the team we have (minus simpson) with marv and taylor back and the youngsters we have coming through i’m really looking forward to next season 🙂
    p.s if anyone knows if our friendly is on tv anywere send me a link pls

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  • Spuggy

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Pards has to find a way to have Ba and Cisse up top with a dynamic formation behind them. Not 442.

    This seasons success rests on that.

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  • Valci

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #31

    Spuggy – ive raised this concern before with Cwarr i belive…it just seems to me you are raising Cisse on to high a pedestal. Realistically in his career (and he is 27 already) he has had 1,5-2 noteworthy seasons. He had a great run of form with us for a few month but there is n guarantee that he can replicate that come next season. I would have no qualms with Ba being used in front of Cisse if he is in better form.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #32

    lets not fret people am sure pardew has thought all summer about the ba situation, just sit back n let it happen, as im sure it will be a mixture of different things people have suggested, and things no1 has even thought of when it comes to line ups/formations

    hes not a premier league manager (manager of the year) for nowt 🙂

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #33

    GeordieRooster

    If we signed Matuidi & Sakho they would both start but agree on Gameiro as he’d want starts but wouldn’t get them. We’d be better signing a youngster like Luc Castaignos or M’Baye Niang.

    Would love to see this side next season (4-2-3-1): Krul; Debuchy, Collocini, Sakho, Santon; Matuidi, Tioté; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Hoilett; Cissé
    Subs: Elliot, S. Taylor, Jonas, Obertan, Gosling, Marveaux, Ba

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  • Spuggy

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Valci

    Of course you use the in form player, but I think Cisse will pick up where he left of. He is born to score goals and he suites our style of play perfectly. Until and IF Cisse has a drop in form he remains.

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  • Spuggy

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #35

    In terms of appearances v goals, Cisse has been on form the last 6 seasons and in the last 3 seasons his ratio has been way over a goal every other game.

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #36

    we have a lot of games next season i’m sure both ba and cisse will get the chance to be the main striker to give each other a rest. i’m not that sure they can both play as a 2 forward partnership though kinda does not work for there country either so for me one of them would have to play behind with marv and arfa on the wings

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  • Geordie-Jake

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Still cant believe Ibra’s left Serie A for Ligue 1, sad times :'(

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #38

    I think we’ll sign a CB (Sakho?) FB (Debuchy?) & a CF (Castaignos?)
    But then for fourth signing who would you rather have another forward like Hoilett or a CDM like Matuidi?

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  • Valci

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #39

    Spuggy – i get that you rate the player and i’m happy with what he did for us but 6 seasons?!?! … He had decent goalscoring records in Ligue 2 while having little impact in Ligue 1. He has only really shined in his last 1,5 years with Freiburg and half a season for us. Let’s stick with facts shall we…

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  • Valci

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Oh and his overall total is 227 played and 105 scored. So just under 1 every other game to be accurate.

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