Pardew – It’s Simple, Steven Taylor Has To Stay Fit


It was really good to see Steven Taylor back in a Newcastle United shirt last night for the first time since early December,  when he injured his Achilles in the home game against Chelsea, and that serious injury put him out for the rest of the season – unfortunately for Steven and for Newcastle.

Steven Taylor – in action last night in his first game back after eight months

And it’s always hard to come back after you have severed that Achilles tendon, as Steven did, and the local lad’s been through lots and lots of rehabilitation over the last several months, and was in Portugal earlier this summer doing physio work on the tendon.

And he was back in Portugal last night and played well in the first half,  before he was replaced by Newcastle youngster Paul Dummett for the second half.

And to put the icing on the cake,  Steven scored Newcastle’s goal after 25 minutes,  when he rifled the ball in from about six yards out, and the lad who started his career as a center forward celebrated big time.

Unfortunately Steven’s goal was not the winner last night, as Kostas Mitroglou scored 11 minutes from time, after Olympiacos had been reduced to 10 men, and the resulting penalty shoot-out (5 penalties for each side) ended up 4-4, with Papiss Cisse missing Newcastle’s first penalty and Tim Krul saving Olympiacos’ last penalty.

Alan Pardew was pleased to see Steven back, and glad to see him scoring again, as Alan had this to say to the Shields Gazette today:

“It put a smile on his face.” “You want confidence when you’re coming back from long-term injury.

“It’s not easy, and to get a goal will give him a lift.” “They’re all big players, but Steven was very important to us in the first half of last season.

“He wasn’t available for the second half of the season. The big thing for Steven is very simple – he’s got to stay fit.”

The Newcastle medics are going to bring back Steven very slowly this summer, and we’d be surprised if we see him play tonight against FC Braga, when Newcastle are expected to have some of their stars back, like Fabricio Coloccini, Chieck Tiote, Demba Ba, Jonas Gutierrez and others.

But Yolan Cabaye may not get on tonight, and Ben Arfa will definitely not play in this game,  as he is back in Newcastle, having reported back to training yesterday.

It would be nice for Newcastle to get a win tonight.

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106 comments so far

  • kilcline

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Saylor would have been involved at the Euro’s if he had stayed fit all of the seasonm he will be massive for us this season. Hope he does stay fit!

    Debuchy, Anita and Remy in please.

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  • DraperNUFC10

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #2

    First

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  • pbNcl

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Steven taylor is a legend. With him and collo fit we are botled tight. This is how I never expected another cb to be fair, maybe an up and coming but really can’t see douglas coming to sit on bench.

    Get debauchy in and I’m happy

    Big up the crew

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  • ochytoon

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #4

    I assume this means no new CB unless he gets injured.

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  • kilcline

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #5

    @ DraperNUFC10

    Don’t you look like a prat.

    Maybe we will go for that Dunk at brighton as a youngster?

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  • smithy434

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Anita looks like a Cabaye type player rather than a ball winner, if Tiote went I would rather go for the same type of player.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Good god. It’s obvious that he has no confidence in Mike Williamson. Centre back is the most important area that needs strengthening. I think we’ll seal the Douglas deal next month. Got a feeling Debuchy, Anita and Remy will be the 3 that’s coming in.

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  • bambams

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Smithy434
    not that impressed by Anita so far (channel 5 now ) and not sure if he would add anything. IMO

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  • pbNcl

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #9

    What is this match on 5? Is it a friendly?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Kilcline i highly doubt were goin for dunk now thats hes involved with 5 other team mates in a serious rape investigation

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  • pbNcl

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Rapists should be hung

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  • kilcline

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Bloody hell, feal sorry for the brighton boy who got raped like! 9 out of 10 people enjoy gang rape.

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  • bambams

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Pbncl
    yes it’s on channel 5 now friendly match. Anita playing for Ajax

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  • colwell

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Really surprised we didn’t sign Clyne he is so good for his age.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Anita’s awesome. We could end up going for Fanni.

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  • pbNcl

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #16

    9 out of 10 people get a real bad response for jokes of that appaulingly bad taste

    Who looks like a prat now. Pal.

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  • pbNcl

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Whoooooossh

    Aye cheers man got it on now, bet pardys watchin an all haha

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  • bambams

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Clyne does look a decent player, we must have Debuchy otherwise surely we would have made more of an effort to sign him.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Not been impressed with this rodriguez lad defo not worth £7 mil!!
    Anitas been quiet like, but seen him a couple if times n has always impressed

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  • bambams

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Pbncl
    except Pardieu will be watching it from hotel pool bar probably on all inclusive ! Not that I jealous of course.

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  • pbNcl

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Haha aye strites

    Silver fox the lucky bugger

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 28, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #22

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcDdAy1HaZE

    For all the Cheick Tiote fans out there

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  • Beardo Ameobi

    Jul 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #23
  • pbNcl

    Jul 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Bigirimana’s seems like he’s gonna be some boy like, another lad in midfield who looks like he’ll scare the proverbial out of attackers. Harsh tackles in all owa with him and mr T

    MR T & MR BIG = brick wall

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  • Fostino

    Jul 28, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #25

    how did paul dummett get on. i dont no much about the lad?

    great to see vuckic, abeid, obertan, gail and roman getting so much action. how are they playing?

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  • Beardo Ameobi

    Jul 28, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Ah, I see, the women’s beach volleyball is on.

    Ciao!

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  • NUFCWill1986

    Jul 28, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #27

    @fostino he did well i thought. Nice and calm on the ball

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 28, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Rumour that Shane Long has handed in a transfer request.
    AP wasn’t happy that they didn’t take the chance last window…
    Personally think it’s rubbish.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 28, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Can see why we’ve made a bid for Anita. What a talent. Ran the show against Soton.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 28, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #30

    We should’ve gone for Castagnos. He’s signed for Twente for £4.7m.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 28, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #31

    @ Ketsbia

    Dont rate him tbh like, all he did was recieve the ball and either pass it backwards or sideways

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #32

    Dannyo
    I don’t see why Long would hand in a transfer request tbh I’d still have him in our squad though

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #33

    That’s his job. Helped out in defence a lot. Definitely a must signing. Ajax’ left back looked good. That striker was nippy as well.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 28, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #34

    @ Ketsbia

    We already have tiote and Bigirimana to do that. Its when Cabaye is missing we need cover

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  • NUFCWill1986

    Jul 28, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #35

    @big pappa thanks for that link, was good to see some of tiote behind scenes

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  • super magpie

    Jul 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Long would be a decent backup for ba and cisse.
    He has pace and played well for WBA until he got injured which is the risk of signing him.

    However, I don’t think he would hand in a transfer request, nobody has been linked with him and west brom haven’t really sold any of their best players.

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  • geordie157

    Jul 28, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #37

    Dear Mr Ashley, here is a list of centre backs, Alderwiereld, Sakho, Musacchio, Zapata, Douglas, Tasci and Grant Hanley, now please go and sign one!!!

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 28, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #38

    @WWYCD
    I’m thinking the same thing.
    Would be very strange timing to deliver a transfer request now.

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  • colwell

    Jul 28, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Ketsbia9

    You must watch different games to everyone else, Anita was ok but ran the show? Really?

    Then there’s the comment that Abeid is better than Cabaye?

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  • IFC.Toon

    Jul 28, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #40

    Apparently Ben arfa isn’t joining up with the lads in Portugal and is doingw training in Newcastle anyone know why ?

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