Steven Taylor is trying to speak French – and at this point in his education – the emphasis has to be on the word trying. Steven is learning French – and why not – with so many French speaking players in the dressing room – they should be able to help him speak decent French quickly – or so you may think.
Steven Taylor in action last night
But Steven has admitted in an exclusive interview with the Match of the Day magazine he is having a little trouble, and he also spoke in the magazine about some of the top new Frenchmen that have recently arrived on Tyneside:
“I was like Derek Trotter from Only Fools & Horses trying to speak French.” “I don’t think they could understand me, so they just kept agreeing and sticking their thumbs up.” “They must have been, like, “who’s this Geordie guy?”
“Moussa Sissoko. He’s an absolute animal on the pitch.” ‘People say Cheick Tiote is a strong fella but when they see this guy play they’re going to know all about him.” “There’s no player like him out there.”He’s not just strong, he’s powerful and a very good passer.”
“The Newcastle fans will love him. I think I’ll end up in hospital if I go into a 50-50 with him in training.” “We did have a French day last week where all the food was French. There were croissants everywhere.” “Yohan Cabaye likes to eat but he’s got to watch his body fat – luckily he runs a lot.”
“Yohan’s a little magician.” “He finds passes that other players wouldn’t even try.” “He’s a dead-ball specialist as well, practicing every day after training.” “He puts Tim Krul in goal and keeps sticking free-kicks past him.”
Moussa had another good game for Newcastle last night and he heads our Man of the Match poll on 28% of the vote ahead of new boy Yanga-Mbiwa on 21% – and Mouusa’s not just a fantastic physical specimen who’s hard to contain on the pitch – as Metalist found out last night – but he’s a wonderful footballer too – and what a fabulous bargain Sissoko looks for Newcastle at just £1.8M – that’s peanuts.
Moussa Sissoko - an animal on the pitch – what a player!
And those are good words from Steven, one of the few local lads in the squad these days, and it also gives you a sense of just how good the team spirit is on Tyneside – and that’s one thing we think Alan Pardew and his coaches are great at – keeping the lads’ spirits up – and preparing them for the games.
Now we need say five wins in our last 12 league games and we’ll be safe – and then we’ll be ready to go next August with one of the strongest squads we’ve had for a long time – and just think Steven Taylor may be able to speak some decent French by then – maybe.
Have you ever thought the French lads will speak English with a Geordie accent, and Steven will (eventually – given time) speak French with a Geordie accent – that’s some thought right there.
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