Newcastle center-back Steven Taylor, who resumed full time training on Wednesday and is likely to start alongside Fabricio Coloccini tomorrow afternoon at the Stadium of Light, has come out and said not one Sunderland player could get in the present Newcastle side.
Steven Taylor – no Sunderland player would get in Newcastle’s side
That will give many Sunderland players the incentive to show just what they can do tomorrow against Newcastle, so it’s probably better that Steven hadn’t made these comments – however true they may be.
This is what Steven said on the Newcastle web-site, when asked how many Sunderland players could get into the Newcastle side:
“Not even one player. That is the quality we possess.” “Not even one player. That is the quality we possess. We say it all the time. Last year, even the gaffer said it, he has our team above Sunderland.”
“We say it all the time. Last year, even the gaffer said it, he has our team above Sunderland.” “The attacking options we have can hurt any side. And then we have Shola Ameobi – the Sunderland Slayer. His record against them is phenomenal – seven goals in 12 games.”
“However, it is all very well saying that, but we have to go out and deliver. That is down to the players.” “It is all right saying, ‘Yes, the team sheet looks great’ but you have to go and perform.”
And finally 26 year-old Steven, who was born in Greenwich of Geordie parents, but raised in Whitley Bay, was asked if he would ever consider playing for Sunderland:
“I would rather collect stamps than stick on that shirt!” “I have not got any friends who are Sunderland fans. As for the players, I am friendly with one or two of them from the U21s, but that was before they signed for Sunderland!”
Of course it’s not unheard of for former Newcastle greats to ends up playing for Sunderland, and Bobby Moncur played a couple of seasons at Sunderland, but he was way past his prime.
And of course Titus Bramble is in the Sunderland squad at the moment, although Titus can never be described as a former Newcastle great.
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