Ever since January of 2010 – our promotion season – Steven Taylor has been dogged by long term injuries, and in the game against West Brom in January of 2010, Steve sustained an injury that effectively kept him out for the rest of the season.
But luckily in came big Mike Williamson from Portsmouth and he played really well to fill in for Steven, and we got a fantastic 102 points with 30 wins in the Championship, and were promoted straight back to the Premier League.
Thanks to manager Chris Hughton of course.
Steven Taylor in action last season
Steven was injured on January 1st this year when he ruptured his Achilles tendon, and he was out for the rest of the season.
But nobody was brought in during January to replace him, and we had both Paul Dummett and Daryl Janmaat fill in at center-back.
In the last five seasons Steven has played only 85 times for Newcastle, and in total over the last 11 years since he made his debut under Sir Bobby Robson early in 2004, he’s made 251 appearances with 15 goals for his home town club.
News today that Taylor is working through this summer in an attempt to be fit and ready to get back into Newcastle’s first team under new head coach Steve McClaren.
He’s been working with the physios at the Benton training ground, but with one year left on his contract Steven could well be sold in the summer.
It will depend if Newcastle can bring in a couple of good center-backs this summer, and if that happens Mike Williamson and Steven could both be on their way.
Steven has met Steve McClaren already, and he had this to say on Facebook:
“Looking forward to working under Steve McClaren – exciting times ahead.”
There’s nothing wrong with Steven’s attitude of course, and we hope he can play well and stay uninjured next season.
But the odds are on him being sold this summer.
What do you think?