Steven Taylor ‘Important Put In Performance Every Game’
Pre season friendlies are strange ones, the score only matters when your team wins, which is again the case with Steven Taylor’s latest comments.
The style and pattern of play are always the most important thing and as Taylor points out, Newcastle did look good against Sydney FC.
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However, it swings both ways and when Taylor talks about it being important to put in a performance every match, you then can’t pick and choose your games.
“We have got the pace up front to cause teams problems.
“We know it is important to put in a performance in every match in the build-up.
“Even at this stage of pre season our fitness is showing through and we looked sharp (v Sydney FC) up front – there is a great work ethic in the team.
“In pre season training everybody is working hard, gearing up for the Manchester City game.”
Only last week, Newcastle played League One Oldham were gave run outs to five triallists and they ended up the better team overall, plus a 2-1 win to show for it.
The following players are all likely to feature in the first team this coming season, either as first choice or as back-up, with all of them getting pitch time at Oldham;
Anita, Steven Taylor, Mapou, Dummett, Abeid, Colback, Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi, De Jong, Haidara, Perez
Just like you can’t go over the top about that defeat at Oldham, similarly you can’t go the other way when you are gifted three goals by a very poor Sydney and end up looking much the better team.
I think it looks as though we will have to wait until two weeks before the season when Newcastle play Malaga and Schalke in Germany, it will be interesting to see what Steven taylor has to say after those matches.
Let’s hope a striker and centre-back have been added by then and the squad is on an upward trajectory because this season’s Premier League is looking to be one where the bar has been raised.
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