Steven Taylor had his first game for Newcastle on Saturday night in Sacramento since he ruptured his Achilles back on January 1st, and he was brought on in the second half against the Republic, in place of Jamal Lascelles.
And we thought he had a decent game, and looked solid at the back .
It was Steven who put a nice ball through to Haidara after he been on the pitch for just two minutes, and that resulted in an own goal that turned out to be the winner, after Massadio had put in a very good cross into the box.
Steven Taylor in Sacramento last Friday
Steve McClaren was the manager who included Taylor In the England squad in August 2007 for the friendly against Germany, and while he didn’t play in that game he did make an appearance for the England B team.
McClaren talked about Taylor’s’ performance on Saturday night:
“I thought he was excellent.” “He made the first goal. He walked in, committed his opponents and released Sadio, and what a great cross.”
“It was good to see him, and we needed his experience when we went down to 10 men after Haidara’s dismissal.”
“We have what we have,” “It’s a good squad. Now we go to Portland. It’ll be a tough game. I’m so pleased with the two games.”
And Steven himself has talked to the Chronicle about how pleased he was to play again, following another long lay-off with injury:
“It’s been a long, long six months and it’s nice that it has paid off.” “It is just getting back into match mode again and getting that excitement beforehand.”
“And it’s been great to get the win as well.” “It was nice getting the ball and coming out of defense with it,”
“I played it down the left, the ball was whipped in and then it was an OG (own goal – he sounds like an American).”
“On a personal note, I was absolutely delighted. It felt good to get 45 minutes.” “The medical and fitness guys have done a good job by putting me through my paces, with early morning starts and late finishes.”
“I need to keep posting minutes on the board and be fit for August 9th, be fit for the manager to pick me for Southampton.”
As a manager, you usually get what you expect from a player, and Steve McClaren thinks Taylor is a good player, and he could play well for the 54 year-old former England manager.
If Newcastle bring in two center-backs this summer it could be that we will unload a couple of central defenders, and it will be interesting to see who those two are between Fab Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor.
What do you think?