When Newcastle started the season back in August, it was thought that Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor would be the number one choices at center-back, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa pushing for a place, and with Mike Williamson likely not to get many games at all this season as the 4th choice center-back, but it hasn’t turned out that way.
Steven Taylor – 4th choice center-back?
And after Steven was sent off in the first half of our first game at the Etihad Stadium in August, and then picked up yet another one of those hamstring injuries, he seems to be fourth choice at the moment, with big Mike Williamson and Colo the first choice at center-back.
And that first half at Manchester City is the only first team football Steven has had this season, and he hasn’t been on the bench in the last several games either.
Alan Pardew talked about Steven today, but seems non-committal as to when he could return to the first team:
“Steven’s a senior player at this football club,” “He’s trained very well, and is looking better.” “Obviously, he wants to be involved.” “He’s in the squad. He’s traveled, and we’ll see.”
Of course Mike Williamson has been a revelation this season, and is in the best form of his career, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is fast acclimatizing to the rigors of the English Premier League, and is unlucky – based on his performances – not to still be in the starting eleven.
So Steven remains in 4th place in the pecking order of center-backs at St. James Park at the moment, which is one reason he doesn’t even make the bench.
And even though Steven made his league debut (at right-back) against Bolton in February of 2004 under the great Sir Bobby Robson, Steven has only played 236 times with 13 goals for the Newcastle first team since then – mainly due to the number of injuries he has picked up – especially over the last four years.
What do you think?
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