Steven Taylor has a good chance of keeping his place tomorrow when we entertain Arsenal, and we will try to beat the Gunners for the first time in five years.
That last time we did that was in early November of 2010, when an Andy Carroll headed goal did it for us, and Chris Hughton was still the manager.
Steven Taylor in action last Saturday at Old Trafford
Steven Taylor has finally recovered from his Achilles injury that kept him out last season from January 1st, and as usual he is upbeat, as he spoke to the Shields Gazette today:
“It is a new era for us – mind, we have had a few of them!” “The new signings have been like a breath of fresh air.”
“It is exciting times and Newcastle fans will have gone back home very happy last weekend.” “We are only three league games in but I think you can see the improvement in the side.”
“You compare it to last year, then 100% and we are getting more confident game by game.”
“There is a new training regime and the lads will take the confidence from the Manchester performance into the next game against Arsenal.”
“We all know in the Premier League there isn’t one easy game.” “But for us, we just have to keep doing what we did at Old Trafford and believe we can win it.”
“It was a whole new game plan, going to Man United and taking the game to them,” “If you go there and sit back, then you get battered.”
“Players will hurt you but our boys stuck to the game plan and looked very good defensively” “Tim Krul, when he was called upon, made the saves we needed him too.”
“We defended from the front and that is a massive help.” “The gaffer will pick the side but you don’t know until the last minute.”
“The main thing is to train well and hope you get the nod.” “You love to test yourself and you want to be on that stage, there is nothing better than that.”
It feels like the start of a new era at the club with the impressive Steve McClaren and the new coaching staff coming in, and Mike Ashley spending big money for a change, in what seems one of our best transfer windows ever.
Steven could still find himself on the bench tomorrow if Daryl Janmaat is brought back in at right-back, and Chancel Mbemba moves back to partner Colo in central defense.
It will be interesting to see what back four Steve McClaren will put out tomorrow.
This is the side we think Steve will start tomorrow – with Thauvin and Sissoko starting.
Mbemba Taylor Coloccini (c) Haidara
Sissoko Wijnaldum Thauvin
Subs: Darlow Janmaat Tiote Aarons de Jong Perez Cisse
What would your team be?