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Steven Taylor Confident In Newcastle Defense

Next season will be a big season for Newcastle’s 22 year-old England Under-21 captain Steven Taylor.


Steven Taylor
– looking forward to next season

Taylor had a decent end to the season, and he seems to be continually improving under Kevin Keegan, but Taylor will still have a fight on his hands next season for his first team place, if we recruit one or even two top class center-backs.

Ramage and Diatta have already become free agents and left the club, and it’s also likely that Newcastle will sell Czech International David Rozehnal in the summer, if we can get our money back on the player.

Hopefully David will have a good Euro 2008 tournament and Lazio will pick up the option to sign him permanently.

But the England Under-21 captain believes the back four which ended the season as a solid unit, Beye, Taylor, Faye and Enrique, has staked a claim to start next season.

It looked like some good coaching really started to fill the holes at the back, one Keegan arrived, and coaches Steve Round and Chris Hughton can take full credit on that.

Once Keegan was able to sort things out, the team also had and was able to keep their shape and played very attractive football.

Taylor told the Shields Gazette:

“Players come in and players go out over the summer.”

“For me, I’ve got a great understanding with Abdoulaye and the rest of the back four.”

“We started to get clean sheets, and we couldn’t do that earlier on in the season.”

“Things have been going right, and it’s about time. The gaffer has confidence in the back four, and it’s great for us.”

“Working day in and day out, we know each other’s games, and it shows on the pitch.”

Good words from the local lad.

Taylor, meanwhile, is still waiting on an improved contract offer from the Newcastle club, who have been painfully slow to negotiate with Steven’s new representative.

Taylor’s current deal runs out next year and the 22-year-old is only to willing to commit his long-term future to Newcastle.
We really hope the club gets a move on with bopth Steven’s and Michael Owen’s contracts.

Not sure what the wait is for.

Comments very welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Ivan

    May 29, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Hi guys, anyone thinks this is true?
    Cos it sounds like bs to me.


  • Chortler

    May 29, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #2


  • Eric

    May 29, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Yes, why the waiting? Would rather see Taylor, Owen, Martins and Zog with new contracts before a fuss is made about bringing new players in. Steady the boat, stabilise the core, and then we can look forward to improving the squad.

  • broon ale

    May 29, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    why what?

  • seetow

    May 29, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    hmm zog doesn’t need a new contract. if i’m not wrong he still has 3 or 4 years left on his current one cos big sam signed him on a new one (about one of the only good things he did other than bringing in habib beye)

  • Cam_Toon

    May 29, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Please get the Contract signed…. Please.

    no one. lol

  • Eric

    May 29, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #7

    As Zog has a newer contract I would like to see him declare publically that he wants to stay with NUFC and all the speculation about him is crap. We need to know or else it will be one more lever for the gutter press to criticise NUFC.

  • Bill F

    May 29, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #8

    I like that back four but they will still need cover for injuries,which the youngsters will only partially fill. Another defender would be good, I like Wendell. We need a couple of midfielders, I like Bullard and any one of the already mentioned prospects, Arshavin, Turan, etc.
    And at least one striker, Crouch, Ashton. All of the above are gettable + some of the more exotic ones named, to many to mention. With the academy players now starting to look good I think we could have a decent season from the above.

  • Leo

    May 29, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #9

    taylor does need a new contract, and soon

    didnt nzogbia say that he is happy to stay?

  • Joe Toon

    May 29, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Not fussed whether he stays or goes, there are better young defenders out there, Kompany, Garay, possibly evans! He demonstrates moments of class and maturity but then his positioning, decison making and guile let him down! Would bringing in a top center half in to play alongside him and help develop his game? dunno! I’ve have to say most probably

    I think he’s favoured because of his roots and love for the club, which is admirable but is this enough in the modern game?

    As for martins, harper and owen!!! Sign on boys!!!

  • Leo

    May 29, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Bill F i like Wendell too. good name and have you heard the song Mr Wendell? cant remember who buy but its soo funky

  • Chortler

    May 29, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #12

    WHY………… is Taylor CONFIDENT in Newcastle Defence??I am confused.com

  • Joe Toon

    May 29, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Mr Wendell’s by ‘Arrested Development’ – awesome tune

  • Bill F

    May 29, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Sounds more like the stuff my sons would be into, I’m more of a Muse fan.

  • The real big AL

    May 29, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #15


    Yeah that looks like BS to me. If we won’t pay his wages Everton certainly won’t!!!!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 29, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Do you mean Wendel of Bordeaux, hes more a midfielder but top quality.

  • Bill F

    May 29, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Tom-Toon he seems to start as a LB but tends to spend more time as an attacking MF, he is Brazilian so I don’t think he is to fussed about positional notation, just a darn good player.

  • clinta

    May 29, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Taylor made a good point there about the back four getting some consistent games together which is one of the main reasons (that and KK) they were able to improve so much towards the end of the season.

    one thing we’ve lacked at newcastle for along time is a consistant starting 11 due to injuries and bad form, through midfield and defence especially which has made it that much harder for the tam to play decent football, hopefully this is all n the past and we can kick on from here….

  • Leo

    May 29, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #19

    lovely haha. people are using the words confused.com now when they dont understant. think i get the credit there

    well obviously except for the adverts.

    i love the girl who was on the old one who was in the bill….. mmm

  • Bill F

    May 29, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Ahh, you should have added TM when you first said it Leo so you had copyright. 🙂

  • Oga

    May 29, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m also confident in our defence………………….when Taylor’s not on the field. Taylor will be good when he’s 28. However at the moment, he does not have enough brains to play top flight football.

  • irish_al

    May 29, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #22

    just acting as devil’s advocate but perhaps the fact that the contract negotiations are taking a long time are due to the fact that the board are not just agreeing to pay loads of money players nd are holding their nerve

    i don’t have any supporting evidence for this but i would considr it possible


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