Date: 21st April 2016 at 6:10pm
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Name: Steven Taylor
Position: Defender
At the club since: 2003

Newcastle United :Steven Taylor of Newcastle.Photo: Mark Leech

Defender Taylor graduated through Newcastle’s youth academy – Photo: Mark Leech / Offside.

The centre-half knows all about suffering relegation to the Championship with Newcastle United, so the club’s longest-serving player will be doubly determined to not suffer the same fate come next month.

I suppose Steven Taylor also knows what it takes to win instant promotion back to the English top-flight after starring for the Magpies during their title-winning 2009/10 campaign in the second-tier.

The 30-year-old; who has been at the St James’ Park outfit his entire professional career since joining the club as a youngster, has racked up an impressive 266 first-team appearances ever since, scoring 15 goals and providing six assists in the process.

However Taylor; who is a former England Under-21 international, has been restricted to just nine Premier League appearances so far this season for Newcastle following the competition from Chancel Mbemba and Fabricio Coloccini, plus the emergence of fellow defender Jamaal Lascelles.

A severe hamstring problem also kept Taylor out of action between September [2015] and January [2016], but the Magpies man will be ready to step in admirably if current boss Rafael Benitez calls upon him in any of Newcastle’s crucial final four league fixtures.

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