Steven Taylor has had a bad time of it with injuries over the last five and a half years, and since January of 2010 he’s appeared just 75 times for his home town club.
During that time he’s had at least three serious injuries that have kept him out for long periods of time, including last season, when he ruptured his Achilles and was out for the season from January 1st.
Steven Taylor – in action at Sheffield in pre-season
The key with Steven it to keep him fit, and that’s a big challenge this season in general at Newcastle for Steve McClaren and his coaching staff, and our medical staff too.
Last season we were gutted by so many injuries to our players – there’s something wrong somewhere.
McClaren is well aware the first thing to do with Steven is to keep him fit, and this is what he said about the Whitley Bay lad today in the Shields Gazette, when asked how important he was to the squad:
“Keep him fit, tremendous.” “He’s come back and I don’t think he’s missed many days training. We’re easing him in.”
“I like Steven – I’ve known him from a young kid, great enthusiasm, a true defender of the old school.”
“He’s a leader,” “He’s very vocal, very passionate about the shirt, and that’s something you want in the dressing room, and especially somebody you want fit.”
Steven is in the last year of his contract on Tyneside, so it’s important that he does stay fit and show Steve McClaren he can do a job for Newcastle when called upon.
Coloccini and Mbemba are the first choice this season in central defense, but Steven can still get some games under his belt.
Steven has been a first team player ever since Sir Bobby Robson gave him his debut in early 2004, and since then he’s played 257 times for Newcastle with 15 goals.
In order to get a new contract at Newcastle next summer, Steven will need to add to that total this season.
Note: Alex Wannop is fund raising for a local Newcastle Charity called Tiny Lives, who support the Special Care Baby Unit at the Newcastle RVI.
Alex’s son Isaac was born by emergency C-section at the hospital, and the doctors by their skill and efforts saved his son’s life.
Please see if you can help Alex in raising money by donating to his just giving page for what is a very worthwhile cause.