Some had predicted he’d become a legend in Tyneside, and for a while it was looking that way.
Somehow though Steven Taylor will leave a fallen figure.
Reports claim that there is Zero chance of a contract renewal and it will bring an underwhelming end to a 13 year stint in the North East for the Centre Back. With few suitor’s lining up, the St.James stalwart may have to go down a division or two for regular games. Ironically where he may face his current employers.
A decade ago Taylor was an academy graduate with the stands singing his name. He was an regular England U21 player, and he stuck with the club upon their relegation in 2009.
However since his heyday performances have only declined, and many now see him as a cumbersome liability rather than the rock at the heart of the back four.
Given he is only 30 Taylor should be in his prime, but Benitez has reportedly stated that he has played his last game for the Magpies.
He played a total of 264 of them in the Newcastle stripes, so it is a sad end for the centre back.
Rewind a few years and he had probably imagined a testimonial as a pose to a Bosman.