Making him sound a little like somebody who has become institutionalised, Steve McClaren says that Steven Taylor has been at Newcastle a lifetime and ‘this is all he knows’.
The United Head Coach thinks of John Terry as ‘Mr Chelsea’ and similarly, Steven Taylor as ‘Mr Newcastle’.
McClaren says that his team needs the kind of leadership Taylor can give, with the player’s love for the area being a massive driving force in his performances.
The Head Coach though is keeping his feet on the ground in one respect, saying that Steven Taylor has only put inn the one performance against West Brom and now has to play like that for the rest of the season.
Only then will he make a decision on whether he recommends Steven Taylor and other soon to be out of contract players, such as Marveaux and Rolando Aarons, should be offered new deals.
As well as fluctuating form over the years, Steven Taylor has had at least as big a problem in staying injury free.
You have somebody who has only started 18 Premier League games in the last 32 months, whilst he has also only started 76 PL matches since getting promotion, averaging around 12 PL starts per season. In his entire career Steven Taylor has never started 30 league games in a season.
With good news on Chancel Mbemba this morning, interesting to see what Steve McClaren will do of the DR Congo international is fit for Stoke.
“I joke with him but he is Mr Newcastle as he has been here a lifetime and this is all he knows.
“He loves this club and loves the area – as you saw last week, when he plays he gives everything for the team and I think that is just his attitude – we need that.
“We need the kind of leadership he showed in terms of his performance – for his own career and his own benefit, he just has to keep on playing like that now, get in the team and stay there.
“You need that kind of identity in your team and we are playing against Chelsea who have John Terry, who epitomises that as well. I know JT (ED: Pass the sickbag) well and he’s a great player, a great servant for Chelsea. He is Mr Chelsea and so to leave, not be given a contract, would be a big wrench for him wherever he goes.”
“He (Taylor) has a chance to show what he can do now, but that goes for a lot of players here who are out of contract at the end of the season and everybody is playing for their individual futures.
“It’s too early to say what I’ll be recommending (for the out of contract players). He’s only had one game, and we have to see what happens.
“You still need to defend your box, made interceptions, kick the ball away – still invaluable now and it will never go away.
“You still need things like that and being vocal… being a leader, driving other players on. Steven is what you might call old school but that will never go out of date.”