Next season will be a big season for Newcastleâ€™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 itâ€™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.â€
“For me, I’ve got a great understanding with Abdoulaye and the rest of the back four.â€
“We started to get clean sheets, and we couldn’t do that earlier on in the season.â€
“Things have been going right, and it’s about time. The gaffer has confidence in the back four, and it’s great for us.â€
“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 Stevenâ€™s new representative.
Taylorâ€™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.
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