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Steven Taylor Should Play Ahead Of Mapou – Video Evidence

7 years ago

I know that we are now all supposed to hate Steven Taylor and deny he’s ever done a decent single thing for Newcastle but that wouldn’t be quite honest, would it?

Yes he isn’t the best player in the world in his position, or the Premier League, or maybe even his club, but he does stand up to be counted.

He’s had his ups and downs at Newcastle but for most of that time, Taylor has been first choice with most fans agreeing with his selection.

However, now it would seem the consensus is that he should be third choice behind Williamson and Mapou, with Coloccini injured.

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I believe that of the three who are fit it is actually Taylor who should be first choice, I would play him alongside Williamson who I agree has done well, but has massively benefited from Alan Pardew’s very defensive formations with plenty of midfield cover in front of him, plus the massive assistance of Fabricio Coloccini alongside him. Much as Steven Taylor did when he played alongside Colo in the first half of the season we finished fifth, the centre-backs pivotal to the early run of results that were built on solid defensive performances.

Coming to more pressing matters, this Sunday sees Alan Pardew having to choose between his three fit centre-backs. While I don’t think it was ideal for either of them been thrown into a whole new makeshift defence and team against Cardiff and neither Mapou or Taylor were great, I was bemused that afterwards it was Taylor who got the brunt of a lot of the flak that was flying around.

No doubt a good part of this was down to the fact he was prepared to face the cameras afterwards to apologise for the team’s display. He can’t win can he! Taylor has the bottle to speak unlike many of his teammates (make your own list), as usual! He says all the right things and they may not make everything right but no need to blame the messenger, the finger should be more pointed at those picking up their wages but happy to hide behind Taylor and one or two others.

So Taylor became the FA Cup scapegoat and i have little doubt most of you would automatically be putting Mapou alongside Williamosn for Sunday.

However, look at the video footage of Cardiff’s goals below and then make your decision.

The first goal sees Noone advancing towards Newcastle’s goal and all Mapou needed to do was come out to meet the threat and he couldn’t have got the shot away.

The prize exhibit though is goal number two and I’m sick of hearing people claiming Taylor was at fault for it.

Just watch what happens as the corner comes over; Mapou is ‘marking’ Campbell and totally loses his man with Campbell moving away and the French centre-back motionless – he actually ends up facing our goal when the ball goes in the net! Criminal defending.

Watch Taylor, he sees what is happening and does his best to get to Campbell by leaving his man but stands no chance of getting there to prevent the goal – however he ends up being the closest defender to the goal scorer so gets the blame!

I’m not anti-Mapou but Alan Pardew will be playing with fire if he prefers Mapou to Taylor on Sunday.

Watch the video evidence from Saturday below and make your own mind up.
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