Steven Taylor has just 16 months left on his contract at Newcastle, and since January of 2010, he has suffered a lot of long term injuries, which have kept him out of the side for long periods.
Steven Taylor in action this season
Steven picked up a knee injury in January of 2010, during our promotion season, which kept him out until the summer but then he did his shoulder in on his return at Carlisle in pre-season, and was out until December of that year.
And he’s been out a number of times since then, and the last time was when Steven picked up a bad Achilles injury against Burnley on New Year’s Day, and is expected to be out for the rest of the season.
Steven has now turned 29 and our only other two experienced center-backs are Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson, who have started in the team under John Carver.
Colo is now 33 and his contract runs out the same time as Steven’s, and Mike Williamson is now 31, so Newcastle will have to think long-term about the center-back position at Newcastle in the summer.
We do have Jamaal Lascelles coming into the first team squad in the summer from his season long loan spell at Nottingham Forest, and hopefully Newcastle bring in a top young center-back – somebody like 23 year-old Virgil van Dijk of Celtic this summer.
And it wouldn’t surprise us at all if Newcastle finally let Steve Taylor leave the club this summer, before he becomes a free agent at the end of June of next year.
In the last five years due to injuries and sometimes due to poor form, Steven has only played 85 times for the first team with four goals – an average of just 17 times a season.
And even though he made his Newcastle debut under Sir Bobby Robson in early 2004, since then in 12 seasons he has amassed only 257 first team appearances with 15 goals.
Some Premier League clubs would be willing to pay maybe £2M or £3M for the experienced defender, and that’s another reason why Steven could be sold in the summer.
Look for the center-backs at Newcastle next season to be Colo, Willo, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett and somebody brough in over the summer.
It’s one area where we need to have a top player come in this summer.
What do you think?
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