Steven Taylor is Mr. Newcastle, according to manager Steve McClaren

The defender returned in the win over West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

Steven Taylor is Mr. Newcastle, manager Steve McClaren has told the Shields Gazette.

The defender returned from a long-term hamstring injury last weekend, helping his side to a much-needed 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

He showed the sort of fight and desire that has been sorely missing from the Magpies' defence this season, putting in an impressive display alongside Fabricio Coloccini to earn his side a clean sheet and all three points.

And manager Steve McClaren has labelled him 'Mr. Newcastle', saying his side need the kind of leadership that he showed in his display against the Baggies.

“He has a chance to show what he can do now.  joke with him, but he is Mr. Newcastle isn’t he?" he told the Shields Gazette. 

“He’s been here a lifetime, and this is all he knows. He loves this club and loves the area"

“As you saw last week, when he plays, he gives everything for the team. I think that’s just his attitude, and we need that. We need the kind of leadership that he showed in terms of his performance.”

With a defensive crisis having struck the Magpies in recent weeks, they will now be hoping that Taylor can have a similarly positive impact on the side in the remaining 13 games of this season.

The clean sheet last weekend was only their third all season, the joint second worst record in the Premier League.

Given their struggles scoring goals this season, keeping clean sheets could be vital to their efforts to pick up points as the result against the Baggies showed, and avoiding the drop once again.

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