After recovering from his latest injury, Steven Taylor has declared that he just wants to keep his head down and let his ‘football do the talking’.

The Newcastle defender turns 30 this coming season and no longer has the mitigation of being ‘young’ Steven Taylor.

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Somebody who always gives 100%, for many fans Taylor and Williamson have come to epitomise the lack of investment and quality in United’s defence.

The two have shared the role of scapegoat, whilst Captain Fabricio Coloccini has largely escaped blame for the shocking defensive record year after year, with last season showing only rock bottom QPR were worse in terms of goals conceded.

All three centre-backs are now going into the final year of their contracts with seemingly no offer of an extension as yet.

Steven Taylor has started only 66 Premier League matches over the last five years and I think the vast majority of Newcastle supporters will be puzzled/concerned if he, or Coloccini or Williamson, are allowed to extend their stay at St James Park unless there is remarkable improvement in the next ten months.

We all hope that at last Mike Ashley might allow money to be spent on two quality centre-backs but in the meantime we will leave you with Steven Taylor’s uplifting words for the new season.

Taylor says he wants to ‘…get back to where I was’. Many of us are left wondering exactly where that is?

Steven Taylor speaking to the Chronicle:

“For me it was a massive positive when I saw he (Steve McClaren) had come in and I just want to get my head down and let the football do the talking.

“I’m excited and have that love back again. I want to get back to where I was.”

Moving on:

“That Burnley game (picked up latest injury – Achilles tendon) was a horrible moment but it’s in the past and I’m now moving on and back fully fit.

“I am just raring to go and dying to get out and play some football.”