Steven Taylor is due to become a free agent in the summer but comparing Steven Taylor and John Terry is a stretch at best and John has been a regular in the Chelsea side since 2000 and he’s played over 700 times for Chelsea.
On the other hand Steven has been in and out of the Newcastle side since 2004 but made only 258 first team appearances for us due to Steven picking up a lot of injuries.
Steven Taylor – Mr Newcastle is a stretch
John Terry is certainly Mr. Chelsea, but you can hardly call Steven Taylor Mr. Newcastle.
This is what Steve McClaren has said about Steven Taylor who has only just returned after being injured since last August:
“I joke with him, but he is Mr Newcastle isn’t he.” “He’s been here a lifetime, and this is all he knows.”
“He loves this club and loves the area. As you saw last week, when he plays, he gives everything for the team. I think that’s just his attitude, and we need that.”
“We need the kind of leadership he showed in terms of his performance. For his own career, and his own benefit, he just has to keep on playing like that now, and get in the team and stay there. That’s up to him.”
“You still need that kind of identity in your team. We’re playing against a team in Chelsea who have John Terry who epitomizes that as well. I know JT well and he’s a great player, a great servant for Chelsea.”
“ He is Mr Chelsea, so to leave and not be given a contract would be a big wrench for him wherever he goes.”
“Steven has a chance to show what he can do now,” “Everything’s dependent on performance, but that goes for a lot of players here who are out of contract at the end of the season.”
“Everybody is playing for their individual futures.”
“It’s too early to say what I’ll be recommending. He’s only had one game, and we have to see what happens. We want the injured players back so we have competition for places.”
“That will help make sure players keep performing like that week in, week out.”
“You still need to defend your box, made interceptions and kick the ball away – that’s still invaluable now, it’ll never go away.”
“You still need things like that on the field, and being vocal and being a leader, driving other players on. Steven is what you might call ‘old school’ in terms of that. But that will never go out of date.”
It’s interesting that Steve McClaren never mentions Steven’s biggest weakness – he is hardly ever fit and available because of injury.
Steven Taylor is a good player for us when he’s fit and we are hoping he can put in another solid performance this week at Chelsea as he did last week against West Brom.
In the poll we had on the six players out of contract this summer, two in three fans want him to get a new deal and stay on Tyneside.
But first things first – if we are to get anything out of the game today Steven has to have a good game at the back.