Newcastle United 28 year-old defender Steven Taylor has come in for some criticism in his ten years playing for the Newcastle first team, but he put in a very good solid performance at the back for us on Saturday afternoon against Leicester.
Steven Taylor – in action against Leicester
And we need to see more of that from Steven, and there’s even a chance he could keep his place on Sunday at Spurs, even if Mike Williamson is fit again.
If that happens it will Steven’s 250th appearance for Newcastle, since he made his debut way back in 2004, when the great Sir Bobby Robson was the manager, and he’s now the longest serving player at the club.
What we need is for some of our more experienced players like Steven to come into some form, and that will help the side a lot.
Steven said on the Newcastle’s website that the first win on Saturday will give the lads confidence:
“There’s relief all around the stadium. Obviously for the players it’s what we’ve been working hard for, to get the first three points of the season.”
“Now we can move on and hopefully it’s a turning point for us.”
Newcastle are still 3rd bottom of the league and we still have a lot to do to move up the league table which hopefully we’ll have done by the end of the year.
And Steven has also talked about the current star at Newcastle – Gabby Obertan:
“If you speak to any of the players, they’ll all tell you that Gabby is a top quality player,” “He’s in there all the time, in the gym, working hard, his work-rate has been spot on.”
“He was brilliant on Saturday. He caused so many problems for them. He was an outlet and that’s something we’ve not had. He’s just not had the chances.’
It’s a great story with Gabby this season so far, but we also need the Frenchman to keep up his good form – and if this lad can become a regular this season and keep playing well, that would probably mean Newcastle can pull away from the relegation zone, and maybe quickly too.
That’s what we are hoping for.
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