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Steven Taylor | Defensemen | #27

Team: Newcastle United
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/23/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 201

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Steven Taylor has been sidelined since August with a major hamstring injury, but the center back has done well in his rehabilitation recently and is confident he can contribute for Newcastle United in the new year.
Taylor labeled himself as "The Bionic Man" in a recent interview with the Chronicle, though it is not so much for his ability to stay fit as it is for his conviction to return from injury. He has made just two appearances on the season, both back in August, and there have been periods since then where his availability would have been greatly appreciated. That said, the Chancel Mbemba/Fabricio Coloccini partnership has improved in the past month and Steve McClaren will likely ride that wave until the next crash. For the club's sake, that crash hopefully will not come until Taylor is ready to claim a spot. Tue, Dec 22, 2015 05:21:00 AM

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While there is no denying the injury history of Newcastle United players in recent seasons, it still remains a question as to the source of their woes.

An interesting piece featured in The Chronicle, who interviews our own resident injury expert Ben Dinnery, makes for compelling reading. Could there be something to the practices of the strength and conditioning coaches on their staff? Could it be not properly recognizing the severity of an injury from the start or bringing the player back too quickly? Is it just coincidence and bad luck that some club has to have the distinction of carrying more injuries than average? The frustrating thing for Newcastle fans is that there is no easy answer. Still, there is enough of a consistent injury crisis with the Magpies in recent seasons that suggest it could be a combination of all theories. One thing is certain, depth is important and a congested schedule can stretch the limits of a player's abilities. So when the fixtures get busy next month during the festive season, keep your fingers crossed on any of your Magpie fantasy investments.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 03:15:00 AM

Newcastle have confirmed that Steven Taylor will miss "a few months" after undergoing surgery following a hamstring rupture.

Mystery had surrounded the absence of Taylor – missing since the home game against Arsenal – but on Tuesday Steve McClaren announced during the Capital One pre-match press conference that the defender would not return until later this year after going under the knife following a serious training ground injury. The unfortunate Taylor has only started one game - Man United - since recovering from a ruptured Achilles and the 29 year-old will struggle to play again in 2015. Newcastle will also check on a number of players ahead of the third round tie v Sheff Wednesday with Papiss Cisse, Jack Colback and Massadio Haidara all doubtful having picked up knocks during the defeat to Watford. Cheick Tiote has returned to training – knee injury – but the Ivorian is lacking fitness and will not be included in the squad.
Source: BBC Sport
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 05:38:00 PM

Newcastle United made a much needed move for a defender in the transfer market by acquiring center back Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht for a fee around £8m.

This deal was all but official for several days but McClaren recruits his second signing from the Belgian club that also parted ways with Aleksandar Mitrovic. It can only help the transition to their new surroundings to have an established relationship with each other. More importantly, Mbemba offers a bright future as a strong, quick center back and should take little time establishing himself as a regular starter for McClaren. As long as Fabricio Coloccini sticks around, the one to suffer most for playing time with this addition is Taylor, who was looking to re-establish himself after a long absence from an Achillies rupture. We may see a corresponding move that sees Taylor or Mike Williamson move on and have their wages off the books.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 06:26:00 PM

Steven Taylor is expected to be fit for the start of the new season as he steps up his rehab after rupturing his Achilles against Burnley on New Year’s Day.

The news provides a welcome boost for Newcastle who desperately lack defensive options while the club also confirm Massadio Haidara and Cheick Tiote are back at the training ground although the pair will undertake their own tailored program as they continue to recover from knee surgery. With no new signings - despite being linked to players throughout Europe - concern amongst supporters is beginning to mount after their top flight status was only guaranteed with a win on the final day. A threadbare squad has lost the services of Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez [both released] while the future of Sammy Ameobi remains uncertain [out of contract].
Fri, Jul 3, 2015 05:59:00 PM

Steven Taylor has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after a post-match assessment revealed the Newcastle United defender ruptured his Achilles tendon during the New Year’s Day draw against Burnley.

The club were fearing the worst when Taylor left St James’ Park on crutches with his foot in a protective boot and a scan later confirmed the full extent of the injury which will require surgery next week. This is the second time during his career Steven Taylor has ruptured his Achilles – the first was back in December 2011 against Chelsea – [although this was on his other leg] an injury which kept him out for over 9 months. In his absence Mike Williamson will be drafted into the back four while caretaker boss John Carver may decide to dip into the transfer market during the January window with Captain Fabricio Coloccini as the only other recognised out-an-out central defender.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Jan 2, 2015 03:47:00 PM

Alan Pardew has labeled Newcastle defender Steven Taylor a "big doubt" when the Magpies square off against Queens Park Rangers tomorrow.

With Fabricio Coloccini already out, the center back situation at St. James' Park will not be ideal for Alan Pardew, with Paul Dummett likely shifting over from his normal fullback role to compensate. Mike Williamson would be the only natural center back choice in the senior team. The situation will create some budget options from an in-form side, but the shuffling in the back will take a hit to their clean sheet chances.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 02:11:00 PM

Steven Taylor has been battling a hamstring injury, but is back in training and may be needed for Newcastle's derby match against Sunderland.

Newcastle has Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa suspended after his red card against Liverpool, and captain Fabricio Coloccini is a doubt with a groin injury. Steven Taylor will likely partner Mike Williamson, though in an emergency Mathieu Debuchy could play in the center as he did last weekend after Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 02:56:00 PM

Steven Taylor swung an arm at Sergio Aguero and saw straight red minutes before halftime as Manchester City leads Newcastle 2-0.

Newcastle immediately brought in left-back Paul Dummett, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa moving to his preferred central defense. Dummett may be a nice fantasy play, with Davide Santon still coming back from injury, and Newcastle facing West Ham, Fulham, and Aston Villa over the length of Taylor's inevitable three-match ban.
Mon, Aug 19, 2013 03:56:00 PM

Marseille have a "genuine" interest in Newcastle center back, Steven Taylor.

Taylor is a local lad, and Newcastle need to hold on to him as a club talisman as well as an experienced Premier League campaigner. On the other hand, manager Alan Pardew has been open about the need to bring height into the club, and center back would be a natural position for that change. However, it might be Taylor's partner, Fabricio Coloccini who could make way for any new defenders. He was linked with a move back to Argentina for family reasons for much of last season.
Source: The Journal
Thu, May 30, 2013 10:31:00 PM