Steven Taylor will likely be the one who drops down to the bench on Sunday against Aston Villa, if captain Fabricio Coloccini is fit to resume his place in central defense, after recovering for his knee injury.
Steven Taylor – is his time up on Tyneside?
And that’s not good news for the lad from Whitley Bay, who started the season as first choice at center-back, but was sent off just before half time in the first game of the season at Manchester City, when Newcastle were taken apart 4-0.
Steven couldn’t get his first team place back – with Mike Williamson coming in at half time of the game at Everton and playing very solidly alongside Coloccini.
And when Steven did get his chance after Fabricio was injured in the 1-0 defeat at West Brom, Newcastle have not fared well and Steven has not played particularly well either.
In the seven games Steven has played in we have lost five, including the third defeat in a row to Sunderland, won one and drawn one and Newcastle have conceded 15 goals in those seven games.
That includes a massive 10 goals in the last three games , which have all been defeats.
I suddenly don’t feel very well.
We’re not saying Steven is responsible for that poor record, but he hasn’t played well, and our record this year has been simply pathetic.
Steven signed a new five and a half year deal in late 2010, just after Alan Pardew took over from the sacked Chris Hughton, so that contract still has two and a half years to run, but If Coloccini does leave in the summer, Newcastle will have to bring in a top center-back.
And the club will have a decision to make, as to whether to cash in on the local lad, who made his debut as an 18 year-old back in 2004, under the great Bobby Robson.
Ever since Steven was injured in the January of our promotion season back in 2010, it’s been one injury after another, and when he has had a spell in the first team, he has looked only ordinary.
What do you think?
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