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Pardew urges Taylor to step up

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is keen for returning defender Steven Taylor to prove his worth to the club between now and the end of the season.

Injuries and contract squabbles have disrupted Taylor's season thus far, as both Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson have shone at the back for The Toon.

But with the former Watford defender now on the sidelines with a broken arm, Pardew is hoping Taylor returns to his best form in time for Newcastle's final three games of the season.

"Steve had a fantastic younger part of his career and then he's hit a bit of levelling-off when he's not gone forward or backwards," Pardew said.

 

"He was a bit unfortunate when he first came back into the team because he ended up playing in a couple of positions that weren't his favoured one.

"I wanted to see what he could offer at right-back but now he's back playing in his natural position.

"Steve's got the technical ability to become an England player but to do that, you've got to be fit every week.

"Unfortunately his fitness and injuries have been a big issue and probably one of the reasons he's flattened out."

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