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This Newcastle Player Is Going Nowhere

8:23 am, Friday, December 20th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Alan Pardew has taken steps to quell any talk of Steven Taylor leaving Newcastle, either on loan next month or even permanently.

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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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Tags: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Mike Williamson · Newcastle News · Steven Taylor





11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spoof // Dec 20, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Willo/Saylor with Mbiwa should be first choice with Colo as back up to the 3 of them.

  • 2 Blofal // Dec 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Colo is not that bad.

  • 3 JackButler // Dec 20, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Saylor the liability needs to keep the bench warm.

    You can have the biggest heart in the game it will never make up for the lack of brains and talent

  • 4 clinath@ed // Dec 20, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    JB…10/10

  • 5 Spoof // Dec 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Willo is tall and gets his head to the ball, Saylor is brave and dives in where it hurts, he is also quite decent in the air, Mbiwa is quick and can bring the ball out of defence, Colo cannot do any of those things, what can he do, read the game, perhaps but although he may have read it he is too slow to respond to it, he offers nothing as a defender.

  • 6 JackButler // Dec 20, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Spoof

    After Colo’s outburst about wanting to return home I find it hard to have any faith in him but………….he has done very well over the past few week’s. I’d still prefer to see Mapou in alongside Willo but I have al three of them a miliion miles ahead of Sayor

  • 7 croftus5678 // Dec 20, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    willo/mbiwa 1st choice for me with collo as 3rd (but i reckon collo is gone tbh).

    either way saylor has had chance after chance to prove he’s an international class cb but sadly even though he has the commitment he lacks the decision making ability and raw skill !

    satka looked great last game and once he has stronger legs for his passing he will be great he already looks close to the squad.

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Dec 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Shame

  • 9 Geordiedoonsooth // Dec 20, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    This subject is wy I don’t come on here much now. The majority of people on here haven’t a clue about football if they really think Taylor is crap then they have never played the game and should take upwatching tiddleywinks

  • 10 croftus5678 // Dec 20, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    @9 geordie

    please explain as i used to play cb for almost 10 years for teams and i definatly know what my priority’s was ?

    he’s not a rubbish cb he’s just an incomplete cb and lacks the quick thinking choice making of his game.

  • 11 Rotonda heights // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    geordiedoonsouth

    Why bother coming on at all if you think the ”majority” talk crap. What exactly makes you right and all of them wrong?




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