Alan Pardew has taken steps to quell any talk of Steven Taylor leaving Newcastle, either on loan next month or even permanently.
Steven Taylor – not going anywhere
Steven’s agent Willie McKay has been talking in the press of Steven’s frustration at becoming Newcastle’s 4th choice center-back this season, as both Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have moved ahead of him in the pecking order, and the two players have put in some excellent performances in the middle of the defense this season.
Alan Pardew addressed 27 year-old Steven’s case yesterday:
“I think Steven is a terrific player.” “He is fit, but he lost his place through injury, which was unfortunate.”
“He is fit now and wants to play, but Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa wants to play, Hatem Ben Arfa wants to play, and Papiss Cisse wants to play too.”
“Am I going to loan them all because they want a game? Of course not. They have to fight for their place, and that’s where Steven is.”
“I had a very sensible conversation with Steven this week,” “I think he knows where I stand with it all. I’ve said to him that we have a lot of games coming up.”
“Sometimes, as a manager, when you have three games in a month, it is difficult to look a player in the eye and tell them there is a lot of hope. But I genuinely think I can say to him, ‘Let’s see how we get on this week because we have three games”
Steven Taylor is one of the very few local lads in the first team squad at Newcastle, and there seems no desire in the club to let him move on, and it seems the manager has an eye on having Steven play a part over the busy Christmas schedule.
Alan Pardew now has a number of former first team starters out of the side and writing to play – but that is simply the sign of a stronger squad, and we now have arguably the best squad since Bobby Robson was managing the club.
So things seem to be looking up for Newcastle this season.
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