Allardyce to develop Taylor
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sam Allardyce wants experienced defenders to help nurture the talent of Steven Taylor.Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce wants experienced defenders to come in and help nurture the talent of Steven Taylor.
The 21-year-old impressed last season at St James' Park and also featured for England in Wednesday evening's disappointing European Under 21 Championship semi-final defeat against Holland.
"I don't want to put too much pressure on Steven Taylor," Allardyce told the Daily Express.
"He has been labelled a hero or saviour by the fans because of his passion for Newcastle United and the commitment in his play.
"But he is still a raw defender with huge potential and great promise and, while he is not quite there yet, he is still a great asset to this club.
"I am looking to bring in central defenders with experience to play alongside him to help him improve - and knock one or two rough edges off.
"Taylor has great potential and, when people talk of him as a future England centre-half, I say, 'Perhaps, yes'."
Allardyce released defensive trio Titus Bramble, Craig Moore and Oguchi Onyewu within days of his arrival at the Magpies and bringing in a new defender is one of his main transfer priorities over the summer.
United missed out on Bolton's Tal Ben Haim but Allardyce has reportedly stepped-up his pursuit of Paris St Germain defender David Rozehnal.
Liverpool's Sami Hyypia is also believed to be in the frame while Allardyce is understood to have also taken a look at Marseille's Senegal international Habib Beye.