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Does Steven Taylor deserve to be starting?

November 18th, 2010 | 56 Comments |

Taylor: Return imminent?
Taylor: Return imminent?
Steven Taylor spoke yesterday about being patient in his attempts to force his way back into the first team fold at Newcastle United.

Steven made him comeback from injury on Tuesday in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Manchester City. He got through the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory and paired up with Sol Cambell in the heart of defence.

This is following an injury set back the defender suffered during a pre-season fixture against Carlisle. Steven hasn’t a played a competitive game of football in 10 months. His last game with the first team was during a Championship fixture against West Bromwich Albion last season.

Steven seems to feel better for the run out and is seemingly ready to step in if selected for first team action. He spoke to The Chronicle after the match; (more…)

Williamson vs. Taylor – Who will win the race to play?

November 3rd, 2010 | 287 Comments |

Williamson vs Taylor - The battle is on!
Williamson vs Taylor - The battle is on!
Steven Taylor came through 60-odd minutes of reserve-team acton yesterday as he stepped up his return to first-team football.

I said in an article yesterday that Taylor won’t find it easy to get back in the first-team and will have a fight on his hands for a first-team place for arguably the first time in his Newcastle career.

So in an article inspired by one of our poster’s, TonyGreenSupreme. I decided that perhaps now would be a good time to take a look at just what Steven Taylor is up against if he wants to break into the first-team. He was named on the bench for Sunday’s demolition derby, and he is expected to make the bench again for this weekend’s trip to The Emirates. After near enough ten-months out I would say that a start is out of the question at this early juncture, but at least it gives an option should anyone suffer an injury during the game.

You have to look at just who Taylor will replace, if he is to prove himself worthy of a place in the team in the forthcoming weeks of course. I think most of us are in agreement with regard to Fabricio Coloccini being the central defender who is least likely to get dropped. His form over the past eighteen months or so has been fantastic, and he looks to have carried over his good form from The Championship into the Premier League. (more…)