Why Would This Top Player Ever Want To Leave Newcastle?

It seems that Steven Taylor has been linked with a possible player exchange deal for Loic Remy over the weekend, and that news is being reported today by the Shields Gazette, but there’s just no way Newcastle will let Steven go anywhere.

Steven Taylor 2

Steven Taylor – going nowhere

And what is Harry Redknapp thinking, that a player raised on Tyneside in Whitley Bay, would ever want to join a small club like QPR, who got the smallest gates in the Premier League last season, and play at a very small ground?

One answer is big wages, but we wonder if QPR will be able to continue to pay out the wages when they are now a Championship club – and yes we know, Loic Remy went there for the money in January, but Taylor is a Geordie dedicated to Newcastle.

This is what Steven had to say in the Shields Gazette today:

“Every player at this club wants to do well.” “I’m just hoping next season we can surprise a few people, and answer the questions that have been asked of us as a group.” “We want to jump up that league and answer our critics.”

If QPR are looking for a central defender,  then 29 year-old Mike Williamson is available, and could be part of a Remy deal, if Newcastle are indeed willing to bring Remy to Newcastle, after what happened in January, when he turned us down for the money.

Steven will probably be the starting center-back alongside captain Fabricio Coloccini this coming season, but will face competition from new boy Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who has looked a solid defender in different positions across the back line, since he came on board in late January.

For the record Steven Taylor has made 235 appearances and scored 13 (unlucky for some) goals for his home town club, and he is a very important player for Newcastle, and the thing about Steven is Newcastle somehow have to keep him fit for the full season.

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27 comments so far

  • jonobbad

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Ambition maybe?
    But he wont. Too loyal

  • aidytoon9

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #2

    I would start mapou in front of Taylor his season.

  • valle

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Repost because of a very important new thread from Ed… Sorry Ed, I like you and your site, but that is one annoying thing I could do without.

    Bills… True the London thing gives them a better hand when signing players, it dosnt provide them with a bigger history however, which were the argument.

    Jono… I agree that we should have been ahead of spurs by now, but it isnt all Ashleys fault however… It started with Fat Fred who hired Dalglish after Keegan and who sacked Robson and brought in Souness. Ashley have some right sensitive ideas about how to enhance us, but he really keeps on f****** up as well, which is a bit annoying.

  • bills-son

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #4


    The biggest opportunity we missed to become a genuinely top club was after KK left first time round.

    We had a great squad but KK lacked the tactical nous to go to that ladt stage of winning the Prem. John Hall tried to bring in SBR who had just been moved upstairs at Barcelona. SBR turned us down because he wanted to honour his contract.

    We brought in Daglish who failed, Gullit who was worse and the whole thing turned to ratsh1t and the opportunity was lost.

    I bumped into Sir John Hall in Puerto Banus when we were both watching Keegan’s England get beat 1.0 off Germany and thus failing to qualify for the World Cup and he said he wouldn’t be surprised if Kk resigned. He was right – he did in the toilets within minutes of the game ending.

    Sir John also said his greatest regret – and Sir Bobby’s – was that SBR didnt come to us earlier and inherit KK’s team. At that time we had the players, the glamour of our playing style and it was before the big money came into Chelsea and City.

    What a lost opporunity.

  • jonobbad

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #5


    I agree mistakes were made before Ashley.
    bill son makes a great point about what it would have been like if SBR had joined after Kk.
    Things might be so different.
    And we would definitely be above spurs today and quite a few more.
    Ashley has burnt too many bridges. We were in exactly same situation as spurs in 2008.
    We could be where they are now but the difference in the way we are run is staggering.

  • Slank

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #6


    Ian @ 77

    ‘..It helps if your Chairman is a lifetime fan, understands football and is a shrewd business man..’

    I don’t necessarily agree. Shepherd was a lifetime fan and look at the financial pickle he got the club into but more heinous was his ‘we all Geordies together’ spiel whilst at the same time syphoning the fans money allegedly to the pockets of his and Halls families. However, there are some owners who are different, Kenwright and Whelan.

    I agree on shrewd business man but not convinced on understands football as it can result in meddling.

  • lesh

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Why would a top player want to leave us?

    Perhaps reflecting on events over the last three weeks might just provide the answer!

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #8

    To get game time?
    Can’t see him being first choice

  • sparky55

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #9

    he’s not a top player and he won’t be missed by anyone except Pardew who gets his @rse licked on a regular basis by him

    send him down the road…110% commitment isn’t enough nowadays…you need a bit of class and some intelligence which unfortunately sailor is greatly lacking in both compartments

  • Slank

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t see Taylor leaving although stranger things have happened, Clarky to Sunderland

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #11


    Worlds leading Coach
    One of the worlds best run clubs
    Best supported teams in Germany
    Playing good Footbal

    underpar coach
    JFK in charge of football
    Well supported club
    Playing crap football
    Nearly got relegated
    Got a dodgy club owner


  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #12

    I agree with Sparky 100 %

  • Beattie25

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #13

    There was a time when I would’ve agreed with Ed about Steven Taylor but now Im not bothered of he stays or goes.

    He hasn’t fulfilled his potential, is nothing but a glorified cheerleader for the regime due to his links to the area and is turning into somewhat of an accident prone CB that thinks it’s hilarious when he fcuks up.

    5 year ago he had top clubs chasing him , now he will have championship/lower level PL teams wanting him and that’s an indication of his current level.

    If we got rid of him and Willo and replaced then with a couple of very good young CB’s then I wouldn’t hesitate to think it was a good deal.

    He was once my favourite player but now he’s a bit of a joke.

  • Slank

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #14


    I understand that Sir Bobby wanted to honour his contract and wouldn’t quit and come to us.

    Great and lovely man. They don’t make them like that anymore.

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Slank- Don’t compare Levy with Freddy in the football or business sense. Levy is knowledgeable and influential not unlike David Dein was at Arsenal with connections and an involvement within the game.

  • valle

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #16

    spurs fans dont seem to like Levy that much though…

  • Slank

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #17


    I did say ‘I don’t necessarily agree’.

    There are exceptions as you rightly point out but in general being a lifetime supporter is no guarantee for success. ManU, Man City and Chelsea can testify to that. My next door neighbour is related to David Dein, but it still doesn’t get him tickets!

  • I am a geordie

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Give them willo.

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 8, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #19

    I have said for a long time that Taylor is a weakness and not a strength.
    He has not developed in 5 years when many journalists described him as the new John Terry. He believed the headlines. He still is not doing the basics well because he’s too gung ho plays to an image of the local hero. For seasons he used to run back towards his own goal and adopt a cavalier approach to defending rather than a disciplined role. For years I have argued with fellow toon army mates that he should be shipped out. We do tend to overplay the Geordie local lad. Yanga is
    twice the player and he’s only just joined. Too injury prone a move would do him good .

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 8, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #20

    Valle- Levy will want to be respected.

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 8, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Some fans simply don’t like him because he’s Jewish as is Dein.
    What a surprise football fans are fickle.
    Pardew would be loved if this season we win the League Cup- ( mind not by Rotonda because it would leave a void in his life!).

  • jazzyp

    Jul 8, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #22

    so according to you.just because we choose to believe members on this site that you deem to be full of bs, we are all have no common sense-we are all accountants and none of our opinions in fact count for f@ck all !!!.
    we cant all be as perfect as your good self so please give us a break as we don’t all live in a perfect world like you

  • Patoon

    Jul 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #23

    TBH i’d have been getting rid of Saylor b4 Perch but i can c JFKs point in having 2 let Perch go, he is naturally a defender that can play in midfield but Pardew kept playing him in DM alongside Tiote who was terrible last season while he played a top CDM (Sissoko) in attack and left another top CDM (Anita) on the bench, also played Jonas at left back, surely the wise option would hav been 2 play Mbiwa at left back and Perch in the middle or even Perch at left back and play Anita in midfield or Sissoko in his natural position, but anyway, i’d hav had Perch as a back up center half 2 Colo and Mbiwa b4 Saylor any day

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Jul 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #24

    Mapou over Saylor any day. Let Saylor leave!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 8, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #25

    Ian you’re not being a t..t again are you? Oh you are my mistake, apologies.

  • terencelim

    Jul 8, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #26

    To be fair he’s very average and at his “English price” many clubs would get better quality.

    I like this lad he always give 100% on the pitch but he’s no better than David Rozehnal.

  • toonluvva

    Jul 8, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Ian Toon

    We’ll not win the League Cup. In fact I’ll go as far as to say we’ll be out at the first chance.

    Winning the LC is a route into Europa League and AP won’t want that again.


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