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Newcastle Defender Talks About Change Of Philosophy

8:15 am, Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

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.

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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?

Tags: Georginio Wijnaldum · Injuries · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League · Steven Taylor

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Ashley Out

  • 2 ShirebrookToon // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Charley out!

  • 3 ShirebrookToon // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:19 AM


  • 4 Reyantoon // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Some good posts early in the morning 🙂
    A bit surprised that McLaren haven’t coached any premier league team since middlsbro,hmm!
    How good is Van dijk? Some say he is playing in a poor league so he will not do a job if he comes to the premier league?

  • 5 Reyantoon // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    ED – actually it was Aarons fault that we conceeded a goal and defeated.Not Staylor!!

  • 6 estechco // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Steven Taylor talks philosophy. Never thought I’d hear myself saying that!?!

  • 7 beermonkey // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    take a chancel

    how are you
    not got the tfl tag back then

  • 8 Jib // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    I’d love to think we could hijack this deal

    This kid is so good it’s not funny.

    Think of a cross between Johnathan Woodgate and Alessandro Nesta – his tackles are works of art and should be part of the Bolshoi Ballet’s repetoire

  • 9 estechco // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    …it’s got to be up there with :-

    Pardew talks tactics
    Carver discusses his man management approach
    Willo divulges his set-piece strategy

  • 10 corkypants // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    I agree Reyantoon Aarrons looked good like but the goal was defo his fault.

    what are everyones score prediction against Southampton got a feeling we will get of to a flyer 3-1 to the toon im saying 2-1 in the 80th and then southampton push everyone forward to get the equalizer and we hit them on thr break.

    Gunna say Gini, Cisse and Mitrovic

  • 11 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Bob knows the score..

  • 12 lesh // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:52 AM


    Why the name change?

  • 13 Marty-Toon // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Van Dijk is excellent,ok he’s playing in a poorer league but he showed his quality in the CL .
    He scores from headers and can play the ball not just hoof it.

  • 14 blacksmith // Aug 4, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    It’s good we are are setting out to play a good passing game. It may take some time to adapt and mistakes will happen but the payoff will be worthwhile. We just need to be patient.

    We also need to wrap Saylor in cotton this season.

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