Newcastle United are set to take on West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.
Steve McClaren has suggested at his press conference today that Steven Taylor will make just his third appearance of the season for Newcastle United against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.
With Chancel Mbemba and Paul Dummett out injured, and Jamaal Lascelles suspended, McClaren’s options in defence are limited.
And the former England boss has suggested that he will turn to Taylor in his hour of need, as the 29-year-old’s character is an example for the rest of the Magpies’ squad to follow.
SMc: "Steven Taylor is a true Geordie who wears his heart on his sleeve and we need that type of character tomorrow." #NUFC— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) February 5, 2016
Taylor has not started for Newcastle since August, after suffering with a long-term hamstring injury.
The centre back may not have had as long to recover as McClaren first hoped, but Newcastle will need him to perform a function on Saturday.
The Magpies are desperate for the three points, as they are in serious danger of being relegated.
Newcastle are currently stationed in 18th place in the Premier League table, and any result other than a victory on Saturday would heap even further pressure on McClaren at St. James’ Park.