With the good news today that Fabricio Coloccini will be staying at Newcastle ate least for next season, and Mike Williamson having been in good form this season, that’s the number one center-back pairing for next season, and we think that Newcastle will also keep local lad Steven Taylor in their ranks for next season, but with two years left on his contract Newcastle could potentially let him move on – if they got a decent offer for the 27 year-old.
Steven Taylor – could leave Newcastle
Steven had a bad start to the season at Manchester City, and he didn’t recover after being sent off just before half time in that terrible opening game of the season, and he was banned for three games.
He never regained his first team starting place, and then Mike Williamson came into the side at half time at Everton, and he’s been the starting center-back since that time.
Steven did score his 14th goal of his career for Newcastle against Cardiff on Saturday, and that win will see us at least finish in 10th place – given Crystal Palace drew against Liverpool last night – so Alan Pardew, the players and some of the staff will get their bonuses for this year.
But that’s been because of the first 18 games of the season when we amassed an impressive 33 points, but since then we have only 16 points in the last 19 league games – not too good at all.
This is what Steven has said today:
“We just wanted to go out there and win the game and we could not let other matters affect us.” “I thought the lads stuck to the game plan. I know the fans wanted it moved forward more but I thought it was a winning performance.”
“Sometimes in recent weeks, we’ve been trying that one extra pass which we don’t really need.” “The players just wanted to get that win. In the last couple of weeks, we have been playing some good football but have been struggling to score goals.”
“And things haven’t gone well for us, hitting the bar, the post, whatever. But against Cardiff, everything just fell right for us. From defense through midfield to the strikers, it all worked for us.”
“I don’t think the demonstrations affected the players, although I thought the fans looked a bit nervous. but for us we targeted a few things with Cardiff and stuck to our game plan, concentrated on that and tried to kill the game dead when sometimes the fans wanted us to attack a bit more.”
“But we just had to make sure we got the three points and keep a clean sheet which was vitally important.” “Everyone inside that dressing room was happy. We got the three points and we’ve been trying to do that for weeks now and we haven’t managed it but I thought everyone stuck together.”
“Hopefully, next season, we will bounce up and get even better.” “I’m under contract for another couple of years. It’s been a frustrating season for me – that Man City game killed me, but I am looking forward to Liverpool game and then kick on next season.”
Steven did start his career way back as a striker, and whenever he does score – he goes crazy – like most strikers so who just love to score goals.
With Colo and Williamson as the preferred center-backs, maybe Newcastle can bring in a good young center-back in the summer – like Steven Caulker of Cardiff City – but news recently that Tottenham could try to sign their former defender in the summer.
And we’re not sure what Newcastle will do with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who has had a difficult time of it since signing on from Montpellier a year last January.
What do you think?