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Newcastle Player Frustrated On Tyneside

11:40 pm, Sunday, December 15th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 49 Comments

27-year-old Steven Taylor is now fit, but the local lad has played only 45 minutes of first team football this season, and he has not even made the bench for the last six games, as defenders Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara have been preferred.

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Steven Taylor – frustrated on Tyneside

And Steven Taylor’s agent Willie McKay has revealed Steven is frustrated at his lack of playing time on Tyneside, and the Scot had this to say to Sky Sports about his client:

“Steven is now fully fit, but he is frustrated not to be playing as that is what he loves doing,” “He has not been involved for the last six games and of course it is frustrating.”

“Steven fully understands that the team have been on a good winning run and the manager does not want to change a winning team.”
 “Joe Kinnear has promised Steven a new deal in January and he could be made available for loan if he is not going to be playing for Newcastle.”

One of Steven’s problems is that he has suffered a lot of injuries in the last four years, since he picked up that knee injury in January of 2010, during our promotion season.

And in the last four years he’s played just 66 times for the first team, and even though he made his debut under Bobby Robson in early 2004, he’s played only 236 games with 13 goals  in those nearly ten years as a first team player for Newcastle.

Steven could seek a loan move to another Premier League club next month.

What do you think?

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49 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jimmysmith // Dec 15, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Taylor was outstanding last season in a pretty duff performing side, and yet he has been criticized seemingly simply because he’s been out of it. He’s 27 with his best years ahead of him and he bleeds black and white. No way should this player be sold. A loan ok, so long as we can recall him at short notice.

  • 2 Blofal // Dec 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Yes but he had a tendency to give away stupid free kicks. Colo, Mbiwa and Willo are much better. Im actually quite frustrated at Mbiwa not getting a run. If both him and Colo are in for they should be rotating… not one play while the other rots on the bench and loses confidence.

  • 3 AMEOBI // Dec 15, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    I’d be happy to get rid, fair enough he’s local but he takes everything far too far. Can’t stand him, got 3 CB’s ahead of him. A below average player if I’m honest.

  • 4 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 16, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Could be a great signing for Man Utd on loan.

  • 5 jimmysmith // Dec 16, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    I’d imagine the only way Taylor gets sold is if he asks for a transfer, which seems a long bow.

    Does give away silly and costly fouls from time to time, and both he and the club need to and can sort that out, along with his fitness issues, which is an area that he perhaps more than anyone will benifit from the guidance of Faye Downey.

    I think our attack needs sorting out before we start changing too much at the back. We have four good centre backs, and Mbiwa alongside Taylor might be a rock solid pairing in a couple of seasons and for many beyond.

  • 6 Brutooon // Dec 16, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Steven Taylor maybe bleed black and white but he is still a below average player. He is a liability almost all the time.

  • 7 AaranD // Dec 16, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Who would of thought Williamson would a first choice :). Can’t go wrong with a good old fashioned English center half. But you need one of the CB’s to have that bit of pace in case they get caught out. Terry has Cahill, Mertesacker has Koscielny 2 good examples. We are very vulnerable to counter attacks and if Debuchey or Santon aren’t in position can get caught out as there is 0 recovery pace.

    Taylor is a tough one, can be solid one game and then concede foul after foul or be stupidly sent off the next. Where as Williamson is ever the reliable it seems.

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Sentiment alone can’t keep STaylor at the club, if you look at his stats the guy has hardly played, when he does come back he takes awhile to get back to his self then gets injured and the process starts again, get rid while we still can imo.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    It cant be a coicidence that Willo’s play has improved with a competion for places, that situation we had were a player kept his place no matter how bad he played because of lack of cover was quite frankly ridiculous.

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    coincidence, competition

  • 11 swemag // Dec 16, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Hmm..wonder how Spurs fans are doing.

    Exactly how much did thy invest in that squad? Was that all the Bale money gone in one window? For their sake I hope it is like our French signings in January, they just need time to settle.

    Or was Bale really that good? He left and that was it, Spurs mid table?

    Maybe they need Taylor on loan after giving up 5? Loan signings certainly worked for us. :)

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    I hope people aren’t gpoing to defend Mashleys lack of action in the transfer market because Spurs spent big and it hasn’t worked out.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    This time difference does nothing for the blog.

  • 14 Sav // Dec 16, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    A bit lippy of him to start grumbling after a handful of games when he’s been fit but not picked. He should support the cause and take a leaf out of Willo and Anita who sat by long enough watching his gaffs from the bench. Its time to see if Tayls really does bleed black & white and support the team on a decent run. If he’s been dreaming of joining team England in Brazil, then Wily Willy McKay needs to have a word.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Liverpool fan at work, he’s from Lincoln lives in Boro and is a full blown Red, glory hunter from their halcyon years, surprised he never swapped to Man U and back again.

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    He used to be one of my favourite players, but injuries and some idiotic on field decisions have made me lose patience with him, as I say sentiment alone shouldn’t be enough to keep him here, although the lack of homegrown players is worrying.

  • 17 swemag // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    @ Jail, no, in fact I hope we do more business in January.

    It would appear you can make some decent bargains and the players have time to settle as we are not desperate for players now.

    I hope we stick to our policy of buying players that improve us rather than just making up the numbers. No improvement – save the money.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    We really could do with a striker or two, Remy is most likely off and it remains to be seen whether Shola will still be here and even if he does stay surely we need a striker in the same mould who can play 9o minutes and score goals.

  • 19 lesh // Dec 16, 2013 at 4:24 AM

    Jail. Maybe your Lincoln born Boro living colleage’ll switch to Everton if the bindipper’s bubble bursts. Can’t see that happening though – what an inspired appointment Rogers’s turned out to be.

    As far as Saylor’s concerned, if Joe Kinnear has promised him a new deal in January one can only wonder whether the terns might be such that they force his hand to ask fir a move. Versatile though he is and worth keeping, we do have young Dummet coming through.

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    It’s a shame about STaylor but is it really worth having a player on your books that only plays about 14 games a season, I thought Dummet was more a LB.

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 16, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    J4A…isn’t that the amount of games Shola has played for us each year for the past 10 seasons oor so?

    …it doesnn’t seem Raylor is playing much either these ddays ;-)

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    RTaylor is a long term injury case and Shola simply isn’t good enough for the Prem regardless of this best bit of form in his like.

  • 23 cyprus // Dec 16, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    Taylor has been unlucky with injuries, but for the same reason his in and out the team has been disruptive. I feel more sorry for Mbiwa who did nothing wrong yet lost his place to Colo. In any case, what a great predicament to have the best right back in the league, the new Maldini, two promising left backs in Dummett and Haidara, 3 first team CB’s in Colo, Will and Mbiwa AND Taylor, just in case some of the above are crocked! Raylor, even if fit, is behind all the above.

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    Squads looking in good shape, shame it took almost getting relegated and the bad feeling that came with that to get the fat man to spend some money.

  • 25 cyprus // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    Like I said elsewhere, this is a results business. If we keep getting those we’ll not complain as a group. Me, I came to dread our games as I couldn’t see where we could possibly get a result. Now, in truth, we are behind Arsenal, Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton, Man U and Spurs. We are about even with Swansea, Southampton and slightly ahead of the rest. Given last year when we could’ve easily gone down, I’m happy. At least we are competitive!
    BTW, you can take the above order to the bank, that’s the order of finishing of the teams :)

  • 26 Santon03 // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    From Saturday game, I think we can’t have 2 slow CB and from my point of view DM position is too far up front when WB are going forward. DM position must be helping CB when both CB can’t handle the pace of opponent’s forwards. We did well in first half because they have 2 slow forwards Osvaldo and Lambert, but they changed it to 2 quick players.
    Santon made one bad pass so did others, but he was the only one who got blamed because it’s resulted a goal for soton, and his pass was picked up by soton players outside their penalty box, if it’s outside our penalty box or our half then I could understand why he was blamed.
    Prior to soton goal, I think he was doing ok but one mistake undo all his good work. Against CP I hope pardew will be brave enough to experiment.


  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    There can’t be too many complaints this season, there’s definitely a feel good factor about the place, I think if we can bring in another striker in the Lukaku or Benteke mould that would probably see us finish in the top six or not far away, but the question has to be asked, does the fat man want to spend money for a top seven finish when he could spend nothing and see us in the top ten.

  • 28 Santon03 // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    I really hope to see Santon given a chance to play as a winger. Last time against Wigan was the only time he played as winger, and in that game he scored beautifull goal.

  • 29 cyprus // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    you’ve given up on your namesake as a defender? ;) Those formations are interesting, I’d put in HBA and Cisse all of the second half.

  • 30 Santon03 // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:17 AM


    this January priority probably to make Remy permanent and if Cisse can’t improve, I think it’s best to sell him or loan him. I can’t see Cisse getting any better to be honest. If Cisse is gone, we would probably go for Gomis again.

  • 31 Santon03 // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:20 AM


    Me and Santonthenewmaldini are 2 different person heheheh.
    I think Santon as winger will do more damage to opponent and give more help in defense to wb.
    As winger, I think he can unleashed all his attacking potential without worrying what happen at the back.

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    I don’t think Cisse has turned into a bad player permantly, his record speaks for it self he’s pretty much got a one in two record which is deteriorating rapidly, we either aren’t playing to his strengths or that episode in the summer has affected him more than we think.

  • 33 cyprus // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    For the record I haven’t given up on Cisse. A striker who was so deadly cannot have suddenly forgotten his trade.

  • 34 Santon03 // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:26 AM


    I think he needs someone who can pose more threat like Ba and at the moment he is trying too hard to break his bad spell. He got caught off-side too much because of that.
    I don’t know if Gomis can compliment his style, but I also believe going on loan with new environment might restart his goal scoring form.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    It would be some prospect with Remy and Ba up front, I wouldnt want Ba back but if Remy signed permanently I think I would take him back but he’ll probably go to some Turkish club for a pay day.

  • 36 John Tudor // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    cisse must have a wonga loan to pay off his gambling debts

  • 37 Santon03 // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:37 AM


    Mourinho said that he will not need or sign new striker this year. I don’t think will come to NUFC, unless we are playing in CL next year.
    I also wouldn’t take Ba if we could get AC back. I would rather have AC because I believe he will find his form once he is back with us.

  • 38 Santon03 // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    Cisse will be back on form if he has someone like AC. Ac will just hold and lay the ball for Cisse to shoot.

  • 39 John Tudor // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    cisse would be past ac in an instant and be offside

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 16, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    This season does remind me a bit of the season where we finished 5th from the top!

    …for most parts it is still not pretty, we do depend alot on Remy to score and Krul to me magnificent, but we are also on form and lad luck smiles upon us – this has shown some very good moment of football and Pardew showed against Man Utd that he surely can get it right they are just far between.

    But this season also reminds me of the one last season. Hit a bad spell up front and loose our luck then we are there!

    I am still not seeing where this will take us future wise and we are still chasing this winning formular like it is something you can bottle. We need a gameplan and one or two backup gameplans and we need to use our subs proactive instead og leaving it to the 70 minute.

  • 41 maikelw // Dec 16, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    S.taylor time is over a few years back he was a promising defender but now he is a player who stood still in his development. He is the kind of defender stoke city would love to have play physical and kick and rush. Nufc play is more passing and that style doesn’t suit him.

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    STaylor breaks far too easily to be a very physical player, shame really I thought he would be the next England captain.

  • 43 Santon03 // Dec 16, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    If you have to play 6 english players in your squad, what will your team be?

  • 44 Santon03 // Dec 16, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    I would go with Elliot, Willo, Saylor, Bigi or Gosling, Sammy, and Dummet or Campbell. Well.. Raylor if he is fit.

  • 45 ilovetoon8788 // Dec 16, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Form is temporary, class is permanent.

    One of the best strikers in the German league cannot suddenly be crap. He just needs a goal to kickstart his form again.

  • 46 Tsunki // Dec 16, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    He’s bound to be frustrated, he was once first choice and how narrow many fan’s memory is to recall a few of his crazy incidents and not the many times he stood up well under fire. he was a vital part of a decent defence but his untimely injures meant lack of match time at crucial points in his career and in our season. At 27 he s far from a discard, thankfully professional football coaches dont think of him as disposable either, he may well have some of his best days in him for all we know. Look at Willo, if fans had their way he would have been gone long ago, but darlings like Santon are given all the time in the world to show up despite failing crucially in the same way time and again.

    If we got just 2 injuries at the back we would be begging a fit again Saylor to help out.

  • 47 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 16, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    I don’t know what happened to Taylor.
    A very good defender up to a couple of years then did his own ego, hype or injuries get to him.
    Now he gets to tight to attackers who roll him, always shirt pulling and tends to use his arms hands to defend.
    To be honest became a liability last season.

  • 48 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Something is not right with the lads head, maybe Pardew pandering to Ba last season or the Wonga thing, but something has happened that the media don’t know about and unless you have a mate at the club probably wont ever find out.

  • 49 lesh // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Jail, Santon…… We all can see that Cisse’s gone off the boil since the summer and I put that down wholly to the Wonga issue.

    He claimed his faith didn’t allow him to promote money lending and he’s supposed to have had some clerical assurance that it’s ok to sport the Wonga logo.

    However and like other faiths, Islam has different interpretations of some aspects of it and whether Cisse believes in his own heart that it’s ok to promote Wonga may be the key to getting to the bottom of his lack of fire-power this season.

    Maybe he’s still not happy and unless he changes his view, he never will be so. If that is the case, then he’d be best moving on so he can enjoy his game.

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