With Fabricio Coloccini suspended and Jonas Gutierrez out injured, and Shola Ameobi returning form Miami today and unlikely to start tomorrow’s game against Swansea, it looks like local lad Steven Taylor is next in line to take up the captaincy of Newcastle United.
Steven Taylor – Newcastle captain against Swansea
Steven Taylor will captain Newcastle United in tomorrow’s encounter with Swansea City, and that has been confirmed by manager Alan Pardew, in what is shaping up to be an important home game for Newcastle.
Alan Pardew has talked in the local press today:
“Steven will be captain. There’s no Jonas or Colo.” “Regardless of Shola Ameobi playing or not, it is time for Steven to step up.” “He’s matured and has been great around the group. I want to reward him for that.”
“He’s a local lad and it will fill him and his family with pride. So I am looking forward to him having it.” “Steven is a good enough player to carry that armband.” “The only problem he’s had with England and with us is injuries.”
“It’s important he stays fit now.” “He’s got this reward for what he’s done for the club since I have been here.” “And I’m sure he’ll be very proud.”
It wasn’t that long ago that Steven was hailed as an almost certain future Newcastle captain, until his career was interrupted by two years of hell with injuries, in which he missed a lot of games and had three serious injuries – to his knee, then to his shoulder and then he tore his Achilles last season, which is put him out for the season last December.
And those are good and accurate words from the manager about Steven, who is coming back into form at Newcastle, and had a great season last year before it was interrupted with injury.
It will certainly be a proud moment for the former ball-boy, when he leads out Newcastle United tomorrow at St. James’ Park.
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