As ever, one of those is Steven Taylor who seems to be attracting the usual transfer window gossip. You all know the drill by now. Aston Villa, Tottenham and probabaly Everton at some point will all be linked with a bid to tempt Taylor away from Tyneside. Perhaps a lot of it is being perpetuated by the fact that Taylor only has one year remaining on his current contract, something that will no doubt be talked about when the team return to pre-season training in early July. Chris Hughton has today had his say on Taylor:
“He’s a big talent and a local lad with the club at heart. I think everybody here is aware of the talent he’s got. We’ll always endeavour to keep our best players and he goes into that category”.
Taylor missed out on most of the second half of the season with a knee injury sustained against West Brom back in January, and was then allegedy involved in a training ground fracas that meant he would miss the rest of the season. He was fit to return with two games to spare though, although didn’t manage to make it onto the pitch as there was no point in risking him aggravating his knee and facing the possibility of missing pre-season training for next season.
“It’s been frustrating for him, but he will come back fit and fresh for next season and now has a chance to play pre-season,” Hughton added. “The lad has been unfortunate and picked up a bad injury.”
“That’s something every professional footballer will go through at some stage. Fortunately for us, we were able to cope without him. But you can’t forget the big part he played before he was injured.”
In the midst of all that however, rumours have surfaced regarding one of our old managers returning to Newcastle to poach one of his old players but now our current player, Kevin Nolan. Sam Allardyve is apparently mulling over making approach to sign Nolan for Blackburn and rekindle the link that they had together at Bolton.
Rubbish. Nolan has been one of our key men in the season just gone and now looks a certainity for at least becoming vice-captain next season in the Premier League. He has been outstanding for us this season, and you could argue that without his goals promotion may not have been as straight-forward as it turned out to be.
Allardyce is on holiday at the moment, but before his departure he naturally had something to say:
“I’m going to be in a place where you can’t get a signal on your mobile and there is no email access. I’m just going to reflect on what Blackburn have achieved this season.”
Most of you know what I think of Allardyce, and it’s very much a love/hate relationship. I love to hate him, particularly when he is having a pop at Newcastle and it’s fans. So from my persepctive, him spending time in a place that doesn’t allow him to communicate with the outside world is fantastic.
It’s just a shame it isn’t permanently like that!