Steven Taylor – Moussa Is An Animal On The Pitch

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.

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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.

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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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10 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Feb 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Troy – you and I might place great store in a euro cup but I am certain Pardew views PL status as absolute priority. We may have perceived squad depth but we have no rotational match practice. A second team will go to the Ukraine. We will not get a goal away and it will be hostile and rife with poor refereeing. And I am usually optimistic

  • toonLYF

    Feb 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    I fcuking love Steven Taylor like.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Tiote – liability
    Stupid pointless tackle and booking. Heart was in mouth rest of game as we could not afford to go down to 10 men at home.

    ‘firework’ display second half brought a bit of European atmosphere to the game, got the crowd going and upped the noise level as it was pretty flat beforehand

  • TorqToon

    Feb 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Hang on….

    With all the b1tching and moaning last night about Yanga playing RB…

    …did people vote him second in the MOM??

    Just shows football manager won’t tell you everything you need to know. He was immense there last night!

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5


    I believe the squad is now strong enough to stay up and relegation is not an issue now, even by concentrating on Europe.

    Surely Pards can see that now.

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 15, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6


    Sounds like a confession you threw the smoke bomb. 😀

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7


    Tiote made those challenges when he was bang on form. I don’t believe that will ever change.
    He simply hasn’t got the mental restraint to hold back.

    Roy Keane was one of the best at that position and he made those same challenges right to the end of his career.

    It’s part of his make up and its no good erring frustrated about it. You either accept this flaw in his game as his stronger qualities outweigh this flaw or you simply get shot of him.

    I still believe he’s vital to our long term success.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 15, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Not guilty – but crowed needed wakening up – they were dead. 100 Metalists fans showed us the way.

    Tiote – Stupid thing he needed have challenged the player in the first place.
    Couldn’t tie Keanes bootlaces

  • seanp

    Feb 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Wish Cabaye would start practicing his corners more!!

  • Owldman

    Feb 15, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyone else agree Steve Taylor is far better than Cahill at the moment was immense last night my MOM


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