With John Terry calling time on his England career and Rio Ferdinand's continued omission a distinct possibility there could well be places up for grabs in the England defence.
And while there are plenty of quality centre-backs scattered throughout the Premier League it would be timely to offer a reminder of the quality of Steven Taylor - an unsung hero at Newcastle United.
Unsung partly down to the fact that he's a local lad and partly because quite a few supporters don't like what they perceive as a bit of arrogance. But whatever you think of him, he's an excellent centre half. Newcastle's record in the last 20 Premier League games he's completed stands at: P20 W9 D9 L2 - exceptional.
Amongst those games are all of the 'big boys'. I was going to show some statistics regarding goals conceded when he lines up alongside Coloccini vs when Mike Williamson does, but that would be pointless as we can all see that Taylor is a superior player and Williamson would always be a back up if all players were available.
Taylor made his debut for Newcastle in a UEFA Cup tie away to Mallorca in 2004, just a few weeks after his 18th birthday. His Premier League debut came a few days later away to Bolton with then manager Sir Bobby Robson easing him into league life by playing him at right back. Earlier that season Taylor had a short loan spell at Wycombe under Tony Adams. Adams was hugely complimentary about a young talent who he compared to himself (as a footballer!)
Taylor played all the way through the England youth levels and made 29 appearances for England U21s, many of them as captain. He was exceptional in the 2007 Euro U21 Championships. He has only received one call up to the senior England squad (a friendly vs Germany when he was 21) but he didn't play.
The big problem for 'Saylor' has been his injuries. It seems that he picks up a serious knock each season that sees him miss an extended period; dislocated shoulders, a broken jaw (!), Achilles, hamstring - you name it, he's probably had it.
Now only 26-years-old, if he can put these injury problems behind him he will go on to be one of the very best central defenders in the Premier League.
Most centre halves don't really find their game until they're older than the age Taylor is now. Consistency in the dressing room would help too. Pardew is the 11th Newcastle manager Steven has turned out for (9 permanent, 2 temporary). A ridiculous stat.
He is big, strong, mobile and brave - all traits that you look for in a defender. He's our most prolific goalscorer from the back four too, though that's not saying a great deal. He should score more goals and capitalise on chances like the one he missed vs Norwich on Sunday. He is eccentric too. That trait annoys quite a few people but sometimes it's brilliant.
He won Sport Newcastle's 'Sports Personality of the Year' in 2010 after his performances in the Championship winning season. At the same time, Remi Streete won the Jack Hickson award for promising young player of the year. Perhaps one day, in the not-too-distant future, the two of them will forge a successful home-grown central defensive partnership.
Taylor is already good enough to be involved in the England squad, but until his injury problems are well and truly behind him I'm quite happy for him to place all of his focus on his club.
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