Alan Pardew has come out today and talked in lyrical terms about his full-back and the way he plays the game with passion and heart – something that could help England in their World Cup pursuits.
Steven Taylor – Newcastle United defender
As soon as Alan Pardew arrived Steven was just returning from injury, and he pointed out Steven as one of the key players at Newcastle but since then Steven has been out injured a lot – an awful lot – but when he’s played he’s looked a fantastic player for Newcastle.
This is what Alan Pardew said today in the local papers:
“It’s brilliant for Steven to be acknowledged this way. He conducts himself in a lovely manner in and around the city.” “You can’t help but love the way he plays the game. He plays with passion and heart and wants to win.”
“I genuinely, genuinely believe he’s every bit as good as the centre-halves they have.” “He now needs to play before you can judge whether he’s international class.”
“I don’t know whether he’ll play this time but I hope he gets the chance soon because you need that confidence to play in a tough qualifier.” “I think these games are absolutely perfect for him and I would have no hesitation to play him if I was Roy.”
“I spoke to Roy the other week about him actually. I think he’s well aware that they need to look at Steven.” “The European games have helped him but some of the very best players in Europe are in the Premier League and he’s playing against them week in and week out.”
“I can’t think of too many of them who have caused him any problems.”
Those are good words from Alan, and one of the things we like about the Londoner is that he always fully supports his players – and to us Alan has been a complete surprise since he joined us over two years ago – a positive surprise.
We know he has his critics, but this season there’s not many managers who could have done any better given the small squad and injuries we’ve had.
And not many managers would have survived losing 10 of 13 league games, but Alan did, and if he can get us safely through the season – he will be a much better manager because of the experiences he has gone (suffered?) through this term.
As far as Steven goes, we know he’s a potentially great player – but we have to keep the lad fit.
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