McClaren – Keep Him Fit And He’s Tremendous

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

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.

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9 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Sam Byram doesn’t want to leave leeds…he’s Leeds through and through just like Lee Clarke was to newcastle and he’s currently using ours and other premiership clubs interest in him to negotiate an improved offer.

    He doesn’t want to leave.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2


    I would take sports direct as a shirts sponsor over wonga. SD and Wonga both stink the place out but being associated with a legal loan shark is the pits. Some would say Ash is a legal loan shark so I guess it’s Hobson’s choice really.

    I really hope this Dunk for Willo swap materialisies. I think Dunk has the touch of the Terry’s about him. Good ball playing, goal scoring CB, great in the air and no slouch on the deck either.

    Aside from his injuries Saylor is well renowned for his slow turning ability and poor positional sense, yet like Shola, every manager sees something in him. Bizarre…!

    Tiote totally nullified our attacking threat and quick build ups when he came on. Used to be great but time for him to move on now.

    As for Abeid, Vuksic, Bigi, M’Babu I guess it just ain’t going to happen at NUFC. As for Goofy, marv etc doubt we could find buyers.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Daily Mail reporting were going to offer williamson for Dunk in part ex deal

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4


    saw that, fingers crossed

  • Slank

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    sparky55 @ 1

    Being ‘through and through’ doesn’t prevent a player moving from the club he has grown up with and supported.

    Quoting Lee Clarke in that context was a bit unfortunate as he joined Sunderland, possibly much to the shame of many..

  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Steve Taylor is a good right back btw if people are concerned about cover for Janmaat.
    Talking about Janmaat he was at fault for Soton’s second goal , if you watch closely he hasn’t a clue that Sean Long has come up behind him.

  • Sav

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Give Tiote time to get fit. Your’e not wrong about Saylor though.

  • lesh

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8

    McClaren’s clearly talking Saylor up, fattening him up for the Christmas window!

  • WLtoon

    Aug 13, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Maclaren will be patient with Taylor for a while, but another big injury and even maclaren will have to concede that he,s not worth a team place.
    Its a shame bcos Taylor could of been a huge success if it had,nt of been for the injurries he,s had,and they have obviously affected his progress over the yrs.


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