Steven Taylor started out the season as one of Newcastle’s first choice center-backs, and started in the ill-fated first game of the season at Manchester City, but he was sent off just before half time, and he was never a first team regular starter again for the club last term.
Steven Taylor – going nowhere this summer
There have been rumors in the press that Steven, who still has two years left on his contract at Newcastle, could be sold this summer, but it now looks as though that is unlikely to happen.
Taylor was born of Geordie parents in Greenwich, but was brought up from a very young age in Whitley Bay, and certainly doesn’t want to leave the club this summer, and he had this to say after our last game last Sunday – which was another defeat – at Liverpool this time:
“I have two years left,” “I don’t see my future anywhere apart from Newcastle.” “I have said that since I was a young lad coming through the ranks. I love it at Newcastle. I would love to finish my career here.”
At least we have some of our players coming out and saying they want to stay at the club, and Fab Coloccini, the captain, has already said that.
With Taylor there would be some good clubs come after him if he was made available – and Valencia and Fenerbahce are reported to be interested in him.
And if QPR are promoted then Harry Redknapp could want him at QPR – and Harry could want him there even if they don’t win the Championship play-off final at Wembley a week today against Derby County.
Steven hasn’t fulfilled the enormous promise he had when he was captain of the England U21 side, and played a massive 29 times with 4 goals for the U21 side.
And that was at the same time James Milner was also in the England side, and played a record 46 times with 9 goals while still at Newcastle, and it was before we sold him for £12M to Aston Villa in August of 2008, against the wishes of then manager Kevin Keegan.
James went on to become an England regular with 45 caps and one goal and he’s in the squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer, but that hasn’t happened to Steven.
But he’s still a decent enough player with massive experience, and we’d be surprised if he is not at Newcastle come September.
For the record, Steven appeared 11 times last season for Newcastle with one goal, and in his career on Tyneside he’s made 245 appearances with 14 goals – so far.
What do you think?