Pretty much every summer we are told this is going to be THE season for Steven Taylor.
Without many of us really noticing, the years have slipped by and in the upcoming season ‘young and promising’ Steven Taylor turns 30 (Thirty).
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Fulfilling promise has become a distant memory but it doesn’t stop the newspapers, particularly the locals because of his readiness to be quoted, from every summer talking up Taylor’s potential contribution to the team in the following season.
When you look at how many first team matches Steven Taylor has actually played over the years, it is a bit of an eye-opener.
How many would you guess he has averaged over the years?
Below is how many league games Steven Taylor has started each season:
In 1o Premier League seasons Steven Taylor has made 144 starting line-ups, an average of 14 per season (he also made 21 starts in the Championship year).
To hear talk yet again of United basing the new season around players like Taylor is plain crazy.
The defence has been abysmal for years and at centre-back especially, with very rare short periods of improvement, such as the Colo/Taylor partnership in the first half of the 2011/12 season when Newcastle went on to finish fifth.
The reality is though that United still have the three central defenders they had in the Championship season of 2009/10, with French international Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa brought in…never given a chance…then dispensed with by Alan Pardew as not good enough! (Mapou scoring the goal this season that ensured Champions League football for AS Roma and became a cult hero – sparking some bizarre fan worship which you can see HERE)
Sadly, Steven Taylor has become the new Shola Ameobi, still talked about as a player worth having, but having done next to nothing to justify it.
Newcastle desperately need two new quality centre-backs this summer.
Leaving aside whether Taylor is actually even good enough as a player, just look at this injury record of recent seasons.
Achilles tendonitis January 2015
Hamstring September 2013
Knee Injury April 2013
Hamstring November 2012
Calf Muscle Strain September 2012
Achilles tendonitis December 2011
Hamstring November 2011
Hamstring January 2011
Arm/Elbow injury August 2010
Steven Taylor is committed, loves the club and the area, but that isn’t enough.
Come in Number 27, your time is up.