Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has revealed he is learning French to adapt to the influx of French players that joined the Magpies in January.

Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa all moved to St. James Park during last month’s transfer window, and although Taylor welcomes the competition in the squad he is now adjusting by trying to learn French. 

After seeing teammate Yohan Cabaye learn English by listening to CD's in his car, Taylor will do likewise and told the Daily Mirror: "I'm talking all the time, probably with a terrible accent, but I'm trying. Thumbs up means good. I got a Spanish GCSE, not French. It will be nice to learn a bit of French, just in case," said Taylor.  

The defender is also excited by the fact that the new players will help the club in their bid to avoid a relegation dogfight.

"Since I was 17, Newcastle were always signing new players. I always saw it as a challenge. New players coming in freshens the squad up and you've just got to rise to the challenge. You've got to better yourself, not sulk,” Taylor added. 

"You're at a massive club, deal with it. It's part and parcel of professional football. When you get the chance, you've got to perform.

"There have been players here the last few months who have got too comfortable, they've been too settled in their position."


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