Newcastle’s Alan Pardew hopes to protect Steven Taylor from injury
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew wants to protect Steven Taylor after the defender's successful return from injury
Alan Pardew says he wants to protect Steven Taylor after the centre-half continued his impressive form since returning from injury in a 3-2 victory over Chelsea on Saturday.
The 27-year-old made his comeback from a hamstring problem in Newcastle’s 2-1 victory over Villa, before starring alongside Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini against the Blues.
The England international has made a combined 41 Premier League appearances for Newcastle over the past three seasons, and Pardew is keen to keep Taylor fit.
“He’s an outstanding player,” said Pardew.
“The only down-side has been the injuries, that’s where you have to slightly have a disappointment with him, that he’s just not played enough games in his career here.
“I am very, very conscious, with him and with my staff, that we protect him and try to give him a different regime where hopefully we can keep him fit – because when he is fit, there are not many better.”
Taylor described Newcastle’s dramatic victory over Chelsea as one of the best feelings that the defender has experienced in football.
The Newcastle centre-half was part of the side which lost to Aston Villa on the final day of the 2008-09 season, resulting in the club’s relegation to the Championship.
Taylor has spent over 10 years at Newcastle, and having experienced the pain of relegation, Pardew is not surprised by the defender’s admission.
“It was interesting to hear him say that it was probably the best feeling he has ever had in a black and white shirt,” he said.
“He had the last kick of the Premier League three years ago and he smashed it up the pitch in frustration because the whistle had gone.
“We showed that before the game as a little bit of extra motivation.”