Alan Pardew Challenge – How To Keep Steven Taylor Fit


There’s no doubt that since Steven Taylor returned to the first team starting eleven two games ago, the Newcastle defense has looked a lot more solid than it’s been since Steven picked up a hamstring injury at Reading at the end of September, and was out of the side for over three months.

steven taylor - mathieu debuchy after chelsea win

Taylor and Debuchy after Newcastle’s win against Chelsea

And that’s been Steven’s problem since he picked up an his first serious injury in January of 2010, our promotion season, in a home game against West Brom.

And since then he’s been out of the side for long periods with serious injuries and Steven has only played 225 with 13 goals, even though he made his debut for Newcastle when Bobby Robson was manager almost nine years ago – in March of 2004 – when he came on as a substitute for Andy O’Brien in the UEFA Cup Fourth Round tie against RCD Mallorca.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is well aware of Steven’s injury problems, and the manager is trying to find some way of keeping the local lad fit:

“He’s an outstanding player. The only down-side has been the injuries, that’s where you have to slightly have a disappointment with him, that he’s just not played enough games in his career here.”

“I am very, very conscious, with him and with my staff, that we protect him and try to give him a different regime where hopefully we can keep him fit – because when he is fit, there are not many better.”

“It was interesting to hear him say that it was probably the best feeling he has ever had in a black and white shirt.” “He had the last kick of the Premier League three years ago and he smashed it up the pitch in frustration because the whistle had gone.”

“We showed that before the game as a little bit of extra motivation.”

Steven Taylor is an important player for Newcastle, because although he was born down south in Greenwich, he was brought up in Whitley Bay ever since he was a few months old, and he is one of the few Newcastle players to have graduated from Newcastle’s Youth Academy.

Steven also epitomizes what it’s like being a Geordie and playing for Newcastle United, as we’ve seen only too clearly in the last two games. 😀

We’ll just have to hope that Alan Pardew and the coaches and medics at Newcastle can come up with giving Steven some exercise regimen, that can keep him fit and have him playing a lot more games for Newcastle in the future.

And if we can do that there’s no reason why this lad shouldn’t be challenging for an England place – given the status of other English center-backs these days – Steven is as good as any of them.

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202 comments so far

  • Twatter

    Feb 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost from last thread:

    Simon Kjaer
    Douglas
    Wilfried Bony
    Sofiane Feghouli
    Gerard Deulofeu

    I’m in dreamland a bit with that last one, but he’s got an £8.1m buyout clause and is the real deal. These five signings would make us top four I’d imagine — only get Douglas in if Coloccini goes.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Keep him out of greggs for start pards! Dont know if he’s hugging debuchy or weigh him up to see how long to cook him for!

    Been away from the blog a couple of days have i missed much apart from simmo getting sparked, us using ben arfa to try and tempt liverpool into parting company with the injury prone lampost and the southern journos already linking sissoko with a move away?!?!?!

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 6, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #3

    YO YO

    Rochdale was a bit dodgy even back in the 70’s ..I cant imagine what it’s like now ..Spotland was the name of the ground ..I lived not to far from there ..We used to train at Sparth Bottoms on Manchester road ..it was also used by the public .. a club with no training ground of it’s own …Spotland was not as good as some non league ground’s back then ..South Shield’s ground .(Simonside Hall) was better, for instance . Reminded me of Hartlepools ground back then.. I learnt A lot about homesickness.

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Feb 6, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Hes always been on the portly side, to be honest I think a bit of bodyweight for a CB doesnt go amiss when it comes to leaning into attackers and putting them off balance etc, its not like hes snail paced.

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  • TorqToon

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Chuck – Sakho is no longer captain mate.

    Thiago silva is.

    Sakho is very much a possibility mate.

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  • blew

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Less he plays the less he gets injured. Bring him on for the last 10mins.
    Is he bench pressing ?

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  • TorqToon

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #7

    So Fulham, villa, west Brom and (surprise surprise) – Citeh are all set to vote AGAINST financial fair play?!

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Torq ..Stick Benzema in that sack of yours please .

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s very interesting that those first three clubs are. Can anyone think of possible reasons? 😐

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #10

    If we miss out on Alderweireld then Sakho would be the next option.

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  • TorqToon

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Kets – Absolutely agree.

    If Alderwield doesn’t happen – we will go in for Sakho.
    I feel we will get Mirin whatever happens with colo.

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  • TorqToon

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Wait….did I just agree with Kets??

    What just happened?? 🙂

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  • TorqToon

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #13

    TDS – it’s very odd! Can’t see why they would object…!

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  • TorqToon

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #14

    SISSOKO, YANGA and HAIDARA added to Europa league squad!!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Tell him to stop blocking shots with his crown jewels 🙂 . Not that I am complaining, his block at the weekend against Lampard was amazing.

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  • IITianToon

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #16

    BREAKING: Mapou in, Debuchy out for Europa squad. Me says Oui!! Hope to NOT see Willo again!!

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #17

    This will sound bad..Bale Pick’s up ankle injury in Wales defeat.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Great player on his day if we can keep him fit,we were much more comfortable with him in the team.
    Our passing was better out of defence which isn’t surprising as they’re usually on their toes when Willo is near the ball.
    He makes the midfield and defence nervous,along with us supporters.
    Hopefully MA will continue to support AP and with 2/3 decent players in we should be lookin good for next season.
    A lot of our boys will be catching the eye of the big boys so hopefully we can keep them away from taking them,although they can take Willo,Simmo and loan some young players off us

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #19

    The US military have commissioned a mech suit to ‘augment’ soldiers in the field so they can travel many kilometres at a decent trot loaded with 100kg or so of equipment. It would easily last a game on one charge. Get Saylor bolted into one of those babies. I agree though, no amount of mechanisation will protect the clangers from a point-blank drive so he might want to enhance the armour around the old family jewel compartment. 😐

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #20

    So you think you can tell….heaven from hell. Blue skies from pain…

    I’m betting after the beastly performances of our imports there will be more quality on the continent wishing they were here 😉

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  • yo-yo

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #21

    online

    you kidding about Bale ?

    We lived in Tod.
    Had to go to A&E Rochdale on a Sat night once just on closing time. (son put peas up nose). It was like Piccadilly in rush hour.

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #22

    hmm funny feeling team for europe

    ———————-krull———————
    simpson-williamson-mbiwa-hairdryer
    ——–marv——-tiote———anita—–
    ———-obertan-ameobi-cisse———-

    think bigi will come on at some point aswell as a reward.

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  • yo-yo

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Ramsey’s out for Wales.

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  • yo-yo

    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Ruddy

    You reckon you’re the madcap now then ?

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Ruddy – maybe we’ll see them on the Dark side of the Toon BOOYAH! he’s on fire. Much like the guy on the cover of that album come to think of it.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Yo-yo

    That mantle firmly belongs to Kets and him alone. Just thought I’d drop a subtle reference that some will get and others will not 🙂

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  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Inman bagged another 2 last night, feel he may have been overlooked for the likes of Vuckic and Abeid in the past when probably deserved a chance.

    Seems like hes taking that level by storm.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki

    Oh ho, we’re nothing but a bunch of ANIMALS 😉

    Chilling with a beer, a few more and I’ll be comfortably numb, ho ho

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  • yo-yo

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Ruddy

    He’s no diamond..not so sure about the crazy

    Any body got a stream for France – Germany ?

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #30

    Hey! Yo yo! Leave poor Kets alone!

    😉

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  • magpietillidie

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Wont be watching the England game as the football we play is dier will be watching our french lads in stead see how they play in there positions for france as sissoko and cabaye play diffrent rolles for there country

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  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #32

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/interactive/2013/feb/06/france-germany-live-video-stream

    Debuchy has come into the team as well….three toon players in there.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #33

    He’s defo another brick on this wall 😉

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Marty Toon

    Welcome to the Machine, well done here have a cigar.

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  • numba9

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #35

    we need a to sign a centre back in the summer weather colo stays or not two if he leaves, because saylor is injury prone, and a good striker is a must

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Sure poor Kets is only learning to Fly off the handle 😉

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #37

    so what to watch? England vs Italy or France vs Germany?

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  • yo-yo

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Parliano Braziliano Mutiny ?

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #39

    What’s the France line up lads? Does anyone know?

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Feb 6, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #40

    O Ronaldinho is playing. Watching the England match then.

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