He’s A Funny Guy, Great Footballer And A Little Crazy

Local lad Steven Taylor is one Newcastle player who has immediately bought into the fact that Newcastle have a lot of Frenchmen in the squad, so much so that he is trying to learn French – and will get a lot of help from the 10 Frenchmen who are currently in the Newcastle squad.

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Papiss Cisse and Steven Taylor on Thursday night – celebrating

And he is talking to his new center-back partner Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa a lot in training as they are forging a decent partnership at the back.

This is what Mapou said about Steven today – as he’s been out doing the interview duties today for Newcastle:

“He speaks to me in English on the pitch, but sometimes in the morning before training he makes an effort and speaks to me in French.” “It is logical. Steven is here to help me, he talks to me a lot.”

“He is here to help me adapt into the English game and into Newcastle’s style of play as well. He is always talking to me on the pitch, he makes me feel good and playing alongside him is good.”

“Steven is Steven. He is a funny guy. He is a kind guy and he is a great footballer.” “He is someone who literally puts his body on the line. He does absolutely everything, gives his all, to try and win the ball back and do his defensive duties.”

“Seeing that for real on the pitch it gives you a massive example to work towards. It is fantastic to see.” “He is a little crazy – sometimes when he teases the goalkeeper!” “It is a great experience for a defender to keep attackers of that quality quiet.”

It’s 44 years since Newcastle last won a trophy back in 1969, and the possibility that we may win the Europa League this season will not subside, after we were drawn against Benfica in the quarter finals yesterday.

It’s a good draw for us, and Newcastle can get through to the final four, if we can play somewhere near our best form.

At the moment Benfica are two points clear of FC Porto in the Portuguese League, and 15 points ahead of FC Braga in third place, who we played in pre-season – and the Lisbon side finished in second place to FC Porto last season..

But first things first, and we have an important league game at Wigan tomorrow,

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11 comments so far

  • magpie6699

    Mar 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    To come back to earth with a bump – Wigan away – I’d settle for a point.

  • dmac

    Mar 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Bollox to a point. Onwards and upwards and to do that we need a win.

  • cyprus

    Mar 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    We got thrashed last year. But, despite our position, we are a better team now. Hope Anita is on his game, he’s key. Sissoko, Tiote also important, to bully them out of their good game.

    Shame about HBA, they really must get him right, slowly. Imagine, if you will, a thirty-forty million ‘building’. Obviously you’d maintain it big time!


    Mar 16, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #4

    A Win Tomoto …. An Im Gona Go Crazy …. Wigan 1-3 New

  • BarcelonaMag

    Mar 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Is this the first time we’ve played Benfica? I think we played them in the Fairs Cup in the 60s and 70s but I’m n ot sure.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Is this injury the difference between us winning the cup or not ? May be because HBA is that good and great teams need great players and he definitely has the magic needed.

  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Mark we’ll miss his talent for sure but when you’re in the quarter finals you might as well think we’ve made it this far lets not regret 1 player missing – we have to just go for it… For some reason i can just see Campbell making it a 4-3 aggregate at home!

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Campbell in the last minute sounds good mate ! They are unbeaten in the league this season, although Celtic managed to finish ahead of them in Champs league. We have never played before in a competitive game, there coach is called Jesus but we have the geordie religion on our side.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #9

    We knocked out sporting Lisbon and Victoria setubal both Portuguese teams in the 1968-69 cup run but this is first time we meet benfica, played them in two friendlies tho. Cardoza will be the best striker we have faced in El, very consistent, powerful left foot and dangerous free kicks, but Saylor will handle him fine.


    Mar 16, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Correct me if i,me wrong? But i believe we beat Benfica in the final of the Fairs Cup in 1969?

    Most of their present team is Brazilian, i think?


    Mar 16, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Forget that !

    We played an Hungarian team called Ipesta Donza in the final !

    Beat them 6-2 on aggregate, Jo Harvey was our manger and Bobby Moncur and Pop Robson were in the team. Willie Mcfaul was in the goal!


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