Newcastle United stalwart Steven Taylor sees exciting times ahead

Newcastle's Steven Taylor.
Newcastle's Steven Taylor.
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Steven Taylor has seen his fair share of new eras at Newcastle United.

But the 29-year-old believes “exciting times” are just around the corner for Steve McClaren’s new-look side, describing the summer signings as a breathe of fresh air.

We are only three league games in but I think you can see the improvement in the side.

Despite being winless after three league games, Taylor believes the improvements made by Newcastle in recent weeks are clear to see.

And the no-nonsense centre-back is confident last season’s relegation battle won’t be repeated.

Newcastle, who picked up a good point away at Manchester United last week, will look to get their first Premier League scalp when Arsenal visit St James’s Park tomorrow (KO 12.45pm)

Taylor said: “It is a new era for us – mind, we have had a few of them!

“The new signings have been like a breathe of fresh air.

“It is exciting times and Newcastle fans will have gone back home very happy (last weekend).

“We are only three league games in but I think you can see the improvement in the side.

“You compare it to last year, then 100 per cent and we are getting more confident game by game.

“There is a new training regime and the lads will take the confidence (from the Manchester United performance) into the next game against Arsenal.

“We all know in the Premier League there isn’t one easy game.

“But for us, we just have to keep doing what we did at Old Trafford and believe we can win it.”

Taylor, who is battling to keep his place with the return from suspension of Daryl Janmaat, was impressed with the approach at Old Trafford.

“It was a whole new gameplan, going to Man United and taking the game to them,” added Taylor.

“If you go there and sit back, then you get battered.

“Players will hurt you but our boys stuck to the game plan and looked very good defensively.

“Tim (Krul), when he was called upon, made the saves we needed him too.

“We defended from the front and that is a massive help.”

McClaren could move Chancel Mbemba back into the middle to partner captain Fabricio Coloccini, with Janmaat at right-back after serving a one-game ban.

That would leave Taylor on the bench.

Taylor added: “The gaffer will pick the side but you don’t know until the last minute.

“The main thing is to train well and hope you get the nod.

“You love to test yourself and you want to be on that stage, there is nothing better than that.”

The 4-1 Capital One Cup win over League Two Northampton Town followed the point against Louis van Gaal’s side and Taylor is keen to do well in the cups.

He added: “We just want to win as many games as possible and try and give ourselves the best chance.”