The news last Friday about Steven Taylor being a big doubt for the Sunderland game, seems to have been accurate because Alan Pardew said after the game yesterday, he was re-injured on Thursday in training.
Steven Taylor – injured again – but for how long?
Yet in his press conference on Friday Alan said that Steven Taylor had trained all week and was OK, so that must have been a ruse to not let Gus Poyet know he may not play on Sunday.
But it’s also true that Sunderland tested his replacement Paul Dummett from the get go, as they did that because of his inexperience.
And after the first 15 or 20 minutes Paul did well enough, but he was exposed for their first goal, when Fletcher out jumped him to that Johnson cross into the box – but this is all part of Paul’s’ education and he’ll become a better player for yesterday’s experience.
This is what Alan said yesterday:
“Steven got re-injured on Thursday and with Colo we are unsure whether he’s going to be okay for Wednesday.” “So we’ve got to make sure he’s right for the Premier League and I think Chelsea is the next chance we can see him,”
“To be fair to Dummett I thought he did well to come into that. There can be no slur on him. He performed well.”
So it looks like Fab Coloccini could be held back for the Chelsea game on Saturday, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is available to play on Wednesday after his one game ban.
It’s not clear how long Steven will be out, and whether it’s just a minor knock that kept him put out of the Sunderland game.
If Steven is fit he could come in for Paul Dummett, and the 22 year-old will be moved to left back.
But if Steven is not fit we suppose Yanga Mbiwa will get another chance to show us he is good enough to be at Newcastle.
What do you think?