Steven Taylor finally returned to the Newcastle side at Stoke City on Saturday and at least the defense looked a bit steadier than it’s been of late – so maybe Steven will keep his place in the side for the home game against Swansea on Saturday.
Steven Taylor in action on Saturday
This is what Steven has said today:
“It’s been a long while out of the team and it’s been hard,” “It was great to get out there against Stoke and I’m obviously hoping I stay in the side now for the rest of the season.”
“There’s nothing worse than not being involved, and I was loving being back in the thick of things again last weekend. From a personal point of view, it’s all about trying to build on that in the next game now and trying to make sure I’m right back in the manager’s plans.”
“I’m absolutely 100% as committed as ever and just want to get back to doing what I think I do best, and that’s defending.” “The formation worked against Stoke and it’s something we look comfortable with.”
“It felt very natural and easy, and although we didn’t get the right result in the end, for long periods it felt as though we were controlling the game.”
“We had options whenever we had the ball, and that’s important. With three center-halves, you need midfielders and wing-backs making runs, and we had that at Stoke.”
“In some of the previous games, we hadn’t really had players making those kind of runs and that’s been one of the biggest let downs for us.”
“We’ve regrouped, and the main thing now is that we have stick together until the end of the season.” “That’s what we’ll continue to do, and I think the solidity we showed at Stoke gives us something to build on.”
It’s unlikely that Alan Pardew will keep with a back three he used against Stoke City, if Mathieu Debuchy is fit again, and we are likely to revert back to a back four.
And at least conceding only one goal – sloppy as it was on Saturday – was a lot better than the 11 goals we had conceded in the previous three games.
And if Alan Pardew does decide to keep a back three, then maybe Mathieu Debuchy could play on the right wing, and of course he’s played there for France, and he would offer some threat going down the right wing.
Steven Taylor has been out of the side almost all season, and he is one who has a question mark over his head, as to whether he will be sold in the summer, although he does still have two years left on his contract at Newcastle.
And we cannot let too many of our players leave this summer, otherwise we may find it hard to replace them.
What do you think?
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