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.
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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