Newcastle fans have been reacting this morning to the surprise news that veteran defender and long serving stalwart Steven Taylor will leave the club at the end of his contract.
Discussions between the club and the player have resulted in the decision and it has been agreed by both parties that he will depart at the end of his existing deal with the club having made 268 appearances for the Tyneside club.
Taylor has spent 13 senior seasons at Newcastle and the 30 year old has divided opinion on whether it is the right move for the club or not.
He has no doubt been a committed member of the club having dedicated 21 years to them from youth level in 1995 through to 2016. However, some fans have backed the decision as they recognise the need for the wage bill to be adjusted accordingly in order to free up extra transfer funds.
Most Newcastle fans were very appreciative of the hard work and commitment Taylor made, however there was a common and rather harsh theme of ‘tried hard, but lacked talent’.
loved his passion, sometimes unreal but mostly clueless, will miss his fist pump at the Gallowgate before every game! #thankstaylor
— Liam Hall (@Liam14Hall) June 3, 2016
Some fans chose to focus on the comedy element of Taylor’s time at Newcastle.
— Alex (@alex_makel) June 3, 2016
But other fans were less willing to stick the boot in and may be concerned that a player who was very passionate will be leaving the club, will they have enough passionate characters?
I will always love you Steven Taylor! Played with so much passion! ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️
— EJ (@mikeermie33) June 3, 2016
At least some showed some acknowledgement of his ability as an attacker in the wall before a free kick. Who remembers this?
Some preferred to focus on his contribution (or lack of it) at the other end.
But to be perfectly honest most football fans will remember him for this piece of Oscar winning acting against Aston Villa after a diving hand ball. It is worth a watch.
Steven Taylor officially leaving Newcastle, after 13 years. Let's relive his finest moment during his career:https://t.co/Jbp1EIDe6p
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 3, 2016