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Time Up For Steven Taylor?

7 years ago
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Well who would have thought we were capable of this after the derby and I have to ask the question, time up for Steven Taylor?

Having carried out the now annual ‘movember’ tash growing I am debating as to whether I should carry on growing until we lose? All comments below….

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Watching us look increasingly more solid in the past few weeks I was frustrated for Mbiwa that he didn’t get the nod ahead of Colo. I know a lot of people shared my view that given Colo’s continuous mumbles about leaving, we should start to really push Yanga. However, it has been the emergence of Mike Williamson that has surprised us all.

On Saturday he was again magnificent, particularly in the last 20 minutes where he won every header and seemed to take complete control of the defence. I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, mine included, but you can’t help but be full of praise for the way he has come back into our team.

This brings me to my main point in the article. What now for Steven Taylor?

Now I know that the majority of fans will praise Taylor to the hills. He’s a local lad who puts his body on the line for the club, no arguments there. However, that there is where the problem lies. At the highest level you need more than that. You need composure, concentration and football brain, three things Taylor sadly lacks. Quite simply put, I have thought for a while that he is our worst centre back. If I’m honest I think he’s a liability who is often unfit and makes too many rash mistakes and stupid sending offs.

Now I’m sure a lot of fans will disagree but player for player is he better than Williamson? I don’t think he is and we all know how much flak he gets. To be honest if he wasn’t a Geordie would any of us care if he left? I’m not sure we would. I would suggest any fan to look at his injury record over the past 5 years and say is he worth another 4 year deal?

Don’t get me wrongm I love his little stamp tales about Sunderland but quite simply if this club is going to try to reach the heights of two seasons ago and beyond, people like Steven Taylor need to be replaced.

Iron Mike may not be our future but right now he is by far and away our best defender in my opinion and credit to him for changing mine and many others’ opinions. Taylor must now do the same but quite honestly I don’t see any way back into the team for him in the near future.

I’m afraid it’s time up for Taylor.

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