Two of Newcastle’s most injured players – two central defenders – Steven Taylor and Curtis Good both returned to training last Wednesday and both appear to be fit again – with Steve being out for six months with an Achilles injury, and Good having been out since he made his debit for Australia in March of last year.
If both of them can keep fit, we may have two decent center-backs in the squad for the upcoming season.
Curtis Good and Steven Taylor last week
Taylor has just one year left on his contract and there’s a possibility he could even be sold this summer.
Curtis will be trying to break into the first team this season, and at 22 years old, he will need to do that if he wants to have a future on Tyneside.
Curtis was highly regarded when we brought him in from Melbourne Heart three years ago for £400K, but injuries have affected his progress at the club.
But with Alessandro Schoenmaker now at the club in what looks like an excellent coaching staff, he could help to cut down on the huge number of injuries we pick up every season.
We hope Alessandro can do that, because it will be a huge positive for the first team next season.
6ft 2ins tall Curtis is a good player but seems injury prone – and if he has no chance of getting a game for the Newcastle first team this season, he may be sent out on loan again, but only after Steve McClaren has had a good look at him in training.
Curtis has been impressive in his two loan spells at Bradford City and Dundee United in the past.
He has just the one first team appearance for Newcastle in the League Cup at Morecambe almost two years ago,
It would be really good if Curtis can come through this season for the club – it’s possible – if the left-footed defender can just stay fit.