The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

McClaren’s Praise For Experienced Newcastle Defender

9:51 am, Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

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

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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Friendlies · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League · Steven Taylor

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 richyg01 // Jul 21, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Is Saylor the new Shola?

    No matter how much he annoys and winds the fans up, there is always something the current manager sees in him that keeps him in and around the squad!?

  • 2 Jamseyd24 // Jul 21, 2015 at 9:56 AM


    I did say push us toward 4-6th I would be more than happy to be in and around that region for a few yrs, and maybe knock on the door like we did a few yrs ago. With a few gd cup run of-course

  • 3 Toon_Tom // Jul 21, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    ashley out

  • 4 hibbit // Jul 21, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    REPOST……wdftta not good enough for the prem to much dead wood to many poor players biggi and fergie as cover for the fb are you mad other teams would rip them to bits

  • 5 Jamseyd24 // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:01 AM


    Taylor isnt that bad, If he could stay fit. I would fed keep him as back up as he wont last a full season anyway.

  • 6 WWSBRD // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    I am going to say September 14th for Saylors first injury 3-4 weeks out then 2 weeks back and his curtain call for the season after that

  • 7 toon kk // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    A lot of our players may get prase from the manager, it’s when they’re up against other prem teams with far more quality thats when they’re shown up for what they are.

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Squad reconstruction in June, we have one over the line, and another very close and we are 3 weeks into July. We were always going to have to buy this summer, but there was more reconstruction last summer than this. We still have the gutless backbone of last season, and have failed to ship out much deadwood so far. It has hardly been major surgery to the squad, and we are still woefully short of quality and/or numbers in several positions.

    The coach we got had turned us down in Jan, and again near the end of the season, it is uncertain whether we would have been able to get him had a Championship club decided he was not up to the task at hand there. Whilst I think McClaren is a very good training ground coach, he has struggled in a managerial capacity more than he has succeeded.

    I’m not sure there are any grounds for ‘crowing’ in the slightest. This post isn’t meant to be negative, there are certainly some encouraging signs – Cathro being the main one in the back room staff and then Mitrovic and Wijnaldum.

    There is a lot of work to do to make this squad competitive for silver ware and at the top end of the table. If we don’t complete the job, then we will see the best players leaving in a year or two and we will be back where we started once again.

  • 9 posada // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Taylor is a sound performer at Premiership Level.
    He’s done well for us at times.
    Quick enough as well. Collo and Willo are not.

    Needs to stay within certain limits and not put too much strain on his body. Particulary late in games when mind and body start to tire. That’s when he gets injured.

    People like Tony Adams and Keogh mastered this. Rarely injured.

  • 10 SouthLincsToon // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Mitrovic confirmed !!!

    Whoopee f***ing do

  • 11 pawl250 // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Its official on skysports Mitrovic a Newcastle player!

  • 12 lesh // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    ‘We have what we have, it’s a good squad’

    Those words must be music to Ashley and Charnley’s ears.

    That’s that then, no CBs or additional striker coming in now?

    Ashley err….

  • 13 pawl250 // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:05 AM

  • 14 will die for the toon army // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Are y guys crazy? S.Taylor is not better than Colo. Taylor has played less games and he was fit the whole relegation season wat did he do? I remember he was the main defender.

  • 15 croftus5678 // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    thats it official mit has signed.

  • 16 tequilamag // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Lesh as he was talking about who was available for selection for the last tour game because Colo could not play I don`t see the relevance nless you take everything The Mag says at face value

  • 17 hibbit // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    with Mc any criticism of players will be done behind closed doors why would he not praise his his players in public

  • 18 lesh // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:10 AM

  • 19 will die for the toon army // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Mitrovic that is done. NEXT

  • 20 lesh // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:11 AM


    Hope you’re right!

  • 21 Magpie Season // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    To be frank, I’m not that enraptured by the signing of Mitrovic. A quality player he may be, but only in the Belgian League with international experience for Serbia. He has never played in the Premier League.

    Yes, he has champions league experience & performed relatively well; & while the champions league may have a higher coefficient than the English Premier League in rankings, it is still not the EPL.

    This is an expensive risk. He may be 20 years of age & can only improve but that does not rule out him stagnating after playing in England, as so many others have done with much higher promise before him.

  • 22 will die for the toon army // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Colo is an intelligent player.

  • 23 Magpie Season // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Can I just also point out that Southampton sold Schneiderlin & replaced him in less than a week. Clasie is a classy player.

  • 24 Rotonda heights // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:17 AM


    is tha tthe saylor who has appallig positional sesne, turns slower than a tugboat

  • 25 Magpie Season // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Who is our designated set-piece taker? Taylor has left. No one can take a corner or free-kick. Colback is a joke.

  • 26 Rotonda heights // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    No time to edit, I’ll try again!

    Is that the same saylor who has appalling positional sense, turns slower than a tugboat, is thick as mince, turns up for 11 games a season on £50k a week and thinks he’s wonderful !!!

  • 27 kilbane // Jul 21, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Saylor is a defense leader because he’s quite vocal. His experience will be useful if we want to bring in young players through the rank (Good, Jamal and Dummet). Let’s give the lads a chance.

  • 28 bladeuser // Jul 21, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Saylor is all that is wrong with nufc always injured no positional sense no pace and is second only to gazza as being daft as a brush get rid along with colo and the one of the worst defenders ever pull on the shirt williamson only then will we have a chance of conceding fewer goals

previous post: Latest News On Mbemba’s Move To Newcastle

next post: Newcastle Announce Mitrovic Signing – I’m Happy And Honored