Newcastle Youngsters Made Of The Right Stuff


Steven Taylor’s return to form and return to the first team has coincided with Newcastle turning the season around in just over two weeks,  and after our fourth win in a row on Saturday against Liverpool the players, and Alan Pardew and the coaches are receiving some good press from all quarters.

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Steven Taylor – advice for youngsters

There’s no better feeling than when a game ends and Newcastle have won the game, and on Saturday with around 20 minutes to go it was really anybody’s game, until Ayoze Perez got that vital goal, and after that we held Liverpool rather easily – which was a surprise to us.

Steven Taylor made his debut under Sir Bobby Robson ten years ago in early 2004, and he knows all about what it’s like when you are young and playing in Newcastle’s first team:

“I’ve seen the young players day in, day out in training, and have seen what they can do.” “They graft so hard and fully deserve a chance, and that’s why the manager has given them the opportunities he has.”

“I was in the same situation when I first started, and you need to wait for your chance. But then when you get your chance, you’ve got to take it.

“Now, they’ve got to step up to the plate, and they’re certainly doing that so far. You don’t get time nowadays. When I first started as a young player, you would get older heads helping you.”

“Now, we’re in a game where you have to be ready for it. If you’re not ready, go and find another job.” “We’re trying to take the game to a lot of teams, and we’ve said if you give anyone time on the ball, they’re going to hurt you,”

“Especially with the quality in the Premier League, you can’t afford to do that.” “For us, it has been good so far, and our midfield was spot on again on Saturday, with Mehdi coming in there.”

“A lot of people probably didn’t know what the team was going to be, but he came in and was absolutely outstanding in there. He was against Manchester City, and the start was fully deserved.”

“The team that is out there, we just make sure we work hard for each other. We’ve said that if we carry one person, things aren’t going to go well for us. The Premier League is so difficult and there are no easy games any more.”

“Years ago, you might fancy yourself to win, but now, every game is a difficult one. On Saturday, we beat a top side in Liverpool.”

“They were well-organised and had pace in their attack, but we limited their chances and I think if we do that and get in and amongst anyone, we can cause problems.”

In the last couple of games it was very noticeable how the Newcastle payers closed down the opposition, and every single player seems to work his socks off.

So it seems out younger players coming through like Rolando Aarons, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez have their feet firmly on the ground.

What they now need to do is to produce these performances week in and week out.

If they can do that we may be well positioned in the league table by the end of the year.

That would be great.

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5 comments so far

  • Harley

    Nov 4, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #1

    We still need a cb in jan. Taylor and colo are playing great but if one them is injured I don’t fancy seeing willo back in there. And there’s a good chance it’ll be Taylor with his injury record.

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  • expatmag

    Nov 4, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Switch Dummett to the middle and bring in Haidara or Santon at left back.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Youngsters are useful but now without Obertan I’m not sure that their success will be nearly like it is now.NEW right winger in January ASAP because Obertan is 5 months out and the only choice now is putting TENDER Ryan Taylor on his place.Effect will be less but still positive for Newcastle.There is NO other option at the moment.Maybe to give chance to Anita at that right winger position but this is an experiment.Maybe that will be second acceptable option.The third good option doesn’t exist.The game at WBA will be one of the most difficult games this season.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s tough for the youngsters. One bad game and they’re dropped and maybe never return like Bigi or Campbell, while the older players are sometimes allowed 40 games or more of being rubbish because they have the managers confidence.

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  • HKTP

    Nov 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    There’s graft and passion in the team. There are at least two bodies flying in to block shots, shows commitment. Growing in confidence game after game. Sammy looks good, seems to gas out quite easily though. Would like to see Cabella and perez beef up a bit.

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