Lots of Newcastle United fans reacted to a post from the club’s official Twitter account showing footage of Steven Taylor’s hilarious antics in an old game against Stoke City.
As Yohan Cabaye lined up to take a free kick, Steven Taylor mercilessly distracted the Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, and Cabaye scored a stunning finish.
Brilliant work from Steven Taylor…
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 19, 2020
The Magpies academy graduate made over 250 appearances for the Black and Whites between 2003-2016, scoring 15 goals and providing 6 assists in all competitions, before leaving St James’ Park for MLS team Portland Timbers on a free transfer. He currently plays for A-League side Wellington Phoenix and his contract is set to expire in June 2022 (Transfermarkt).
Taylor completed 3.7 clearances per game, made 1.7 interceptions on average and earned a fairly low statistical rating of 6.64 in the Premier League during his final season with the club (SofaScore).
Although he struggled to make much of an impact on the pitch, the 34-year-old will always be remembered by the Tyneside faithful for his entertaining trolling.
Unsurprisingly a large portion of the Toon Army tweeted their reactions to the memorable clip, with one fan remarking “what a guy.” Another added the “heart on sleeve type defender” had “great potential” but “should [sic] been more than he was.”
Scroll through some of the best reactions so far…
@smul85 what a bloke. Such a pest I love it
— Duarte (@duarte_porto87) March 19, 2020
Taylor you beauty !
— Isuru.udawatta (@UdawattaIsuru) March 19, 2020
what a legend
— Lewis Duffy (@nufcduffyy) March 19, 2020
Oh yes, class that ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️
— Anthony Richardson (@anthrich) March 19, 2020
S Taylor! 😂😂😂
— Kamal Silva (@iKamalSilva) March 19, 2020
Steven Taylor man. What a guy he was, not many players loved the club as much as him
— Cory Jay Graham (@Coryjgraham) March 19, 2020
Stevie Taylor, one of the weirdest players I’ve ever seen 😂
— Marvin Barsties (@Marvin_BMG) March 19, 2020
Great potential, heart on sleeve type of defender. Should been more than he was
— Adam Campbell (@AdamCam70223591) March 19, 2020
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