When Steven Taylor is fit and on form he can be a good player for Newcastle, but that hasn’t happened much in the last five and a half years, during which time he has been out with a number of long term injuries.
In those five and a half years he’s only made 85 first team appearances, which averages out to about 15 appearances a season, and last term Steven suffered a bad Achilles rupture on New years Day which saw him out for the rest of the season.
But the good news is that the Whitley Bay lad should be fit for the start of the season.
Steven Taylor – in action last season
Steven could even be sold this summer, since he has just one year left on his contract at Newcastle, and Newcastle don’t like to lose their players as free agents, and get nothing for them.
The Chronicle is reporting that Steven will be fit for the start of the season – and that’s according to Newcastle sources – but we don’t know if he’ll be ready to go next Wednesday, when the lads return from their summer break.
Steve made his debut back in early 2004 for Newcastle when the manager was Sir Bobby Robson, and since then he’s played 264 times for the first team with 15 goals – so Steven has been in and out of the side, and as we said – he’s picked up a lot of serious injuries along the way.
Steven is a player who can benefit from 35 year-old Alessandro Schoenmaker joining the club, and maybe the Brazilian can sort out why our players get so many injuries each season.
Alessandro Schoenmaker while at Nottingham Forest with McClaren
Steven is one who can benefit from Alessandro’s expertise, as can a number of other players like Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons.
If Newcastle can cut down significantly on the number of injuries we pick up next season, we should do a lot better than last term.
Alessandro has been part of McClaren’s team at FC Twente (twice), Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest, Derby County and now presumably at Newcastle United.
Of course finishing 6th bottom is not good – especially when we could have been relegated after that final game of the season against West Ham – and the 39 points we picked up was our second worse season ever in the Premier League.
Steve McClaren has not announced any of his backroom staff yet, but it’s expected that 28 year-old Ian Cathro, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black, and maybe Eric Steele, will all be part of the team.
If Steven stays at Newcastle, there should be increased competition for places, with Newcastle trying to bring in at least one experienced center-back.
21 year-old former Nottingham Forest center-back Jamaal Lascelles and 24 year-old goalkeeper Karl Darlow will be joining the first team squad this summer, after being on loan last season at Forest.
And maybe even 22 year-old Australian Intentional Curtis Good will be good to go for next season, after having a terrible time of it as far as injuries go in his three years at the club, since signing for £400K from Melbourne Heart.
He was injured playing his first game for Australia a year last March, and hasn’t been back playing since that time.
If we can get and keep our players fit, we will have a much better team playing next season.
What do you think?