Steven Taylor To Play Tomorrow Night Against Olympiacos


We’ve followed Steven Taylor ever since he was a 16 year-old back in 2002 during the reign of the very great Bobby Robson, and at that time the Geordie lad was heralded as a top up-and-coming player from Whitley Bay, a future Newcastle captain, and a future England center-back.

Steven Taylor – will play tomorrow night against Olympiacos

But most of that hasn’t happened yet, although Steven last season was in the best form of his career for Newcastle, and was certainly one of the standouts for the team before he was injured in early December against Chelsea, and that Achilles injury saw him sidelined for the rest of the season.

And with Steven having so many injuries since January of 2010, and remembering that in the summer of that year he injured his shoulder during his first game back at Carlisle United, Newcastle have held Steven back this summer – until now.

The news today is that Steven will get a 45-minute run-out tomorrow night against Olympiacos,  in Newcastle’s first of two friendlies in the XII Trofeo Guadiana, and he will play against Olympiacos in Faro, Portugal.

Newcastle will then play FC Braga on Saturday night,  with the mini tournament getting underway tonight when Olympiacos play FC Bragas.

Steven was with the squad that played in Germany and Austria over the last couple of weeks, to get him back into the fray, but Alan Pardew decided not to risk him in those games, the last two of which Newcastle performed very well, with some of our youngsters simply outstanding.

Steven has an excellent chance of reclaiming his center-back position for the start of the season, but will face competition from Mike Williamson and any new center-back we may get in before September rolls around.

Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa will also be in the party, but Australian Curtis Good unfortunately will not play in these two games, since his transfer from Melbourne Heart is not yet finalized.

It’s always a dodgy time when you come back to play after an extended absence, because you are prone to picking up other injuries, as your body gets used to the all-out competition again – there’s nothing quite like playing in a real game to test your fitness.

We’d be very happy to see Steven come through his 45 minutes fit and healthy – but a fit Steven Taylor will be a huge advantage to Newcastle next season – there’s no doubt about that.

What do you think?

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23 comments so far

  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Bumboy84 is in the house!

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Sorry 🙁

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  • dmac

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #3

    A bit like Woodgate to an extent, undeniable quality but plagued by injury. Pearce loves the lad if fit he would be at olympics.

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  • Sholadona

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Is anyone else shocked Cwarr isn’t in trouble with mobsters? He keeps telling people his stupid bets and he always fails, he’s probably in some serious debt

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  • dannyhunt

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #5

    good to see him back n hope he gets at least 45mins without any bother. Anyone know when the europa league fixtures are drawn??

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Saylor looked good last season, very assured.

    Hopefully he’ll be injury-free this year.
    He deserves a bit of luck.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Hey guys, been away for a few days.

    All quiet on the transfer front? Can anyone update me with any – remotely true – news?

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  • Colo-Sus

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Lads if you want a decent Tipster on the Horses follo DPA_Bloodstock, hes does fairly well. Danny Graham and Wayne Routledge follow him as well, cant be bad. CWARR I usless, doesnt know what hes on about with the nags

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9

    @TDS

    Good flew in yesterday with a work permit.
    Medical today – tomorrow?

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  • Sholadona

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #10

    @TDS Apart from Curtis Good coming in for a medical (Off the official Melbourne Heart website) – not much. Our beloved Colin has apparently said their is a transfer today and it’s “not good”, which means we ain’t signing anyone today

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Good to have him back but he won’t have a full season let’s face it

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #12

    At work just popped in to see if there are any more cool and interesting Scharner jokes. It never gets old. 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #13

    What? What did I say?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #14

    Tsunki….Ha ha, now go back to pretending you have a “job”

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #15

    I hope Stevie can stay fit, although I do have my doubts. He’s great when available and we’ll do well if we can keep him about.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #16

    Ah, signing Good is… good. Just the kind of player we need to thicken up the back. Can’t imagine he’ll be better than Williamson to be honest, but obviously he could be incredible (;

    The only thing Colin has ever come close to getting right, was last January when he said Erdinc was having a medical. It turned out to be Cisse. Close, though.

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  • Minato

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    I agree with those that think if our season is dependent on Saylors fitness…we are going to have a problem. Can anyone remember the last time the lad had a full season? I am not doubting his ability for a second, is a great defender and obviously an asset when fit.

    Looking back at last season its been clear what we need to do to get to the next level, or more precisely where the weaker links are. This is no disrespect to Simpson or Willo who have been important to getting us where we are, but if these two are playing the majority of games again next season..I think we will struggle to even consolidate what we did last year, especially with our rivals strengthening as they have.

    A striker is important (hopefully will be Remy) but I think we need to be prepared for any potential injury to Saylor before it happens. In my view this even takes slight priority over a full back but as I’ve said quite a few times now..if we can finally get Debuchy over the line and bring in a center back of the quality that is reflecting our progress..that is precisely what we will make.

    Add another quality striker into the mix and I think on paper we will deserve to be sniffing around the top 4..

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  • Norlinsen

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #18

    It’s great that we are going to sign Good, now we just need to sign Better and resign Best to have them all.

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  • NUFCWill1986

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #19

    Get in, howay Taylor son

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  • toonincheek

    Jul 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m a fan of Saylor, although I don’t rate him quite as highly as others seem to.

    What is clear, though, is that with Saylor’s injury record and Willo solid but not stand-out,

    WE NEED ANOTHER QUALITY CB.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Jul 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #21

    I love Taylor! Him and Tiote are amongst my favourite players as they embody everything I love about nufc: hard-tackling, hard-working, hard-as-nails, committed, loyal and quality. If he can stay injury free this season I fancy we’ll concede fewer goals. I agree with other posts though, we still need an established CB. Willo is decent back up, Perch is there for utility but better at CDM, Tavernier is still coming through, as will Good. A bit of experienced back up at CB wouldn’t go amiss. Come on nufc, learn from your mistakes!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #22

    I’ve always rated Saylor very highly. His only downfalls are his injury record and how he loves to risk handballs sneakily blocking shots with his arms.

    If he hadn’t been injured so much he would have starred for England by now and his value would have gone off the roof.

    I see him as the next Terry for England but he has to take Capt. Colo’s diet and stay fit like the Argentine to get there. If he would have stayed free from injury he would have most probably been our club captain right now. It’s such a shame, here’s to hoping for a fit and healthy Saylor all season!

    HWTL

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Think about it but if we could keep; Saylor, Marveaux and Gosling fit, utilize more Abeid, Sammy and Vuckic and add Bigirimana, Amalfitano to the squad we have amazing talent bursting through the first team. Any one of those could retain a position in the first team, it will be interesting to see who will be the first to step up.

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