Newcastle will bring in six or seven new players this summer, and to accommodate them there will be a number of players leaving the club, and news today that local lad Steven Taylor will be made available in the summer.
Steven Taylor – to be let go this summer
Steven has a lucrative contract that has another two years to run come June, but he has been unable to get many games at center-back this season, and is now the fourth choice so he will be sold and a new center-back will be brought in.
He started the season badly at the Emirates when he didn’t play well ,and then got himself sent off before half time, and it was then that he lost his place and he’s been on the sidelines most of the time since then, with Mike Williamson having a very good season as first choice alongside Colo.
It’s also probably for Steven’s own good that he leaves the club, because he’s good enough to still play in the Premier League, and there will be a number of clubs come in for him over the summer months.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp was interested in taking the 28 year-old in January, and he could well try to take him to London, especially if QPR can get promoted back to the Premier League – currently they are in a play-off position 10 points behind second placed Burnley.
And with Shola Ameobi’s contract running out in July and not being renewed, that will be the two top local lads at Newcastle for the last decade or so leaving the club.
We just have to hope that other local players come through like Paul Dummett and Adam Armstrong as only two examples.
And it remains to be seen if Fabricio Coloccini leaves in the summer this summer, since that problem with his family being in Buenos Aries still exists.
We really hope Colo stays – but if he does leave Newcastle would then need to bring in two new center-backs – although 19 year-old Remie Street, the local lad from South Shields, is looking good in training.
Steven Taylor has played 242 games for Newcastle with 13 goals, and he made his debut way back in early 2004, at age 18, when the great Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club.