Steve McClaren has insisted that he sees Steven Taylor as having a big future at Newcastle United, despite leaving him out of his opening day line-up against Southampton.

However, unlike Mike Williamson, Taylor at least made the bench.

The United Head Coach describes Steven Taylor as a ‘true defender of the old school’ and says that his enthusiasm and passion are valuable extras for the dressing room.

In pre season it was Williamson and Taylor who were the first choice combination as the season approached, only for Mbemba and Coloccini to play against Southampton despite only 28 minutes in the pre season friendlies between them.

Steve McClaren has gained a lot of positive feedback from supporters but rehabilitating Steven Taylor, in the eyes of many supporters, will be a massive challenge.

Problems with injuries and form have led to Taylor being seen as a liability, with his willingness to be quoted in the media only exasperating the situation, by regularly making over the top comments.

His last run of any kind of form was alongside Fabricio Coloccini in the 2011/12 season (United finished fifth), a great start to the season was built on their partnership and only 12 goals conceded in 13 matches, bringing a single defeat before Taylor suffered yet another injury.

Steve McClaren asked about Steven Taylor’s value to Newcastle:

“Tremendous, he has come back and I don’t think he’s missed many days training – we are easing him in.

“I like Steven and I have known him from a young kid – great enthusiasm and a true defender of the old school.

“He is a leader, he is very vocal and very passionate about the shirt, that’s something you want in the dressing room.”