Steven Taylor again didn’t make the bench for the game yesterday at Selhurst Park, where Newcastle easily beat Crystal Palace for our 5th away win of the season, and we were again wearing those lucky Brazilian type shirts, and the defense looked steady.
Steven Taylor – out in the cold at the moment
The 27 year-old has played only 45 minutes of first-team football this season, and has dropped down to 4th choice in center-backs, mainly due to being out injured again, this time with a hamstring injury.
Alan Pardew has said it would be silly for Newcastle to let Steven go, and we have to agree, but it cannot be easy for Steven not playing when he;s now fit.
Taylor had this to say in a Shields Gazette exclusive – before the game yesterday:
“I want to play football,” “I want to play as much football as I can.” “If I’m not going to get in the team, then obviously we’ll have to look at something else.”
“But at this moment in time, the manager has come out and said that, so we will have to wait and see. Hopefully soon, I’ll be back in amongst it.”
“I’ll wait to see what happens. The lads are playing at Crystal Palace. The main thing is that we win our games. We’ve got some massive games coming up.”
“I’m delighted I got 90 minutes under my belt with the Reserves, so I just need to keep it going. It’s always great to play.” “The thing I love doing is playing football. That’s what I want to do.”
“I felt good. I’ve just got to keep training, knuckle down and see what happens.” “The suspension was a big killer, but I’ve come back now,”
“For six, seven or eight weeks now I’ve been ready and feeling good. That’s all I can do. I’m ready and fit for selection.”
It’s a difficult situation for Taylor, but it’s due to other players stepping up to the plate and doing well while Steven was either out suspended for being sent off at Manchester city or being out injured.
It would be daft for Alan Pardew to allow Steven to go anywhere in January, because as fate would have it – if we let him go – one of our remaining center-backs is almost certain to get injured.
That’s Murphy’s Law for you – which always seems to kick in at the wrong times – by definition.
Steven needs to fight for his place through the end of the season, for the good of the team, and things could then be looked at in the summer.
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