Steven Taylor is likely to start the game against Southampton on Sunday in our first game of the season, and while he played quite well against Borussia Monchengladbach it was the 29 year-old’s mistake in the second half when he was dispossessed in the box, that gave the goal away.
Steven Taylor in action last season
As usual Steven is very positive and he has talked today in the Chronicle about the creativity that Gini Wijnaldum brings to the side:
”We need that. Look at Gini, when he gets the ball he’s sharp and strong.” “He and Moussa Sissoko were going straight through them.”
“He’s creating some great little passes.” “It’s good. I think it’s what the fans have been wanting for long time. We’re trying to keep the ball rather than chasing it.”
“That’s our philosophy now, and we’re going to stick to it.” “I think you’ll see creating more and getting at teams more.”
“We’ve started to create more chances, but we just need to start controlling the game.” “They’re a top side – they beat Bayern Munich twice last season – and you can see that with their midfield.”
“They’re so calm on the ball, and it was the first game I’ve played in where the strikers drop right off into midfield.”
“But I thought we dealt with them very well, and in the first half we were in control.” “It’s going to be a completely different game against Southampton next week.”
Newcastle were definitely trying to play keep the ball a lot in the game over the weekend, and it was nice to watch but a bit slow at times.
The side are certainly trying to play some attractive football under the new coaching staff.
And certainly whenever Wijnaldum got the ball on Saturday he looked very good, and there was a buzz in the crowd at times when he moved forward with the ball at speed.
Steven Taylor should be able to play a part for Newcastle this season, but only if he can keep himself fit.
Since January of 2010 he’s been beleaguered with various serious injuries including last season, when his ruptured Achilles kept him out from January 1st, for the rest of the season.
The truth is our defense still looks like the weak link in the side, after three years of conceding too many goals.
We need Coloccini fit again and another defender brought in before the month is out, although we doubt that will be another specialized center-back.
But we’ve been wrong before.
What do you think?