Steven Taylor has come right back into the reckoning at Newcastle under new coach Steve McClaren, who called Steven up to the England squad back in 2007 when Steve was the England manager and gave the Whitley Bay lad his only England B cap that same year.
Steven has suffered a lot of injuries in the last five and half years at Newcastle playing only 85 times for Newcastle since January of 2010 – our promotion season.
Steven Taylor on action at Sheffield in pre-season
One of the challenges for Steve and the coaching and medical teams is to keep our players fit for a change, and Steven is one who could probably play a lot of games for us if he can only keep fit.
Steven as usual is upbeat and has commented on the fans being happy enough with three new signings so far this summer:
“It is good to see them smiling and cheering, feeling excited again. The lads had great support in pre-season.”
“When we went over to the fans in pre-season it wasn’t just a quick clap it was really good.”
“Getting minutes in the bank is all the lads care about.” “We’ve had Sheffield United, York and the game against Gladbach to finish off.”
There has been a wave of optimism at Newcastle caused by the club bringing in three very good players so far this summer in Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba, after a very slow start.
Mbemba’s deal was completed yesterday when his visa came through, and he’s available to play this afternoon.
There’s 31 days left in this transfer window, and if we can bring in another three good players and keep some of the experienced players still at the club – we should have a decent squad for next season – certainly a whole lot better than we had last season.
But the priority has to be to get in a top class center-back – as soon as possible.
Steve McClaren and his team have had a lot to do with the upbeat feeling at the club, but after today’s game the hard stuff starts and we have to do well in the Premier League and have a go at both the cups this season.
Hopefully we will be in the top half of the table, and that will need everybody associated with the club pulling together in the same direction, which is what Steve McClaren has asked for ever since he came in the door at Newcastle.
That’s what happens at successful clubs.