Yesterday seen Steven Taylor celebrate his ten-year anniversary as a Newcastle United player, quite a rare achievement in the money-mad world of football today.

The 28-year-old Geordie has spent his entire professional career at St James’ Park, making over 200 appearances for the Magpies.

However, over the last couple of seasons some have questioned Taylor’s ability and grown tired of the centre-back’s mistakes and disciplinary record.

It effectively comes down to the question of whether you love Taylor’s brave, committed attitude more than you hate his defensive lapses.

For me, it’s the former.

There is no such thing as loyalty in football today, so to have a player who serves any club for a whole decade is something to be proud of. Over the course of the decade, Taylor has been part of teams that challenge for the top four and one team that was relegated to the Championship, he’s seen it all.

When Newcastle slipped into the Championship and the player exodus began, it was never in doubt that the likes of Taylor would stay. A true local lad, Taylor was always going to be playing at St James’ Park, even if the likes of other proven Premier League players wanted to leave.

Coming back to the present day, Taylor is not currently part of the first-team picture at Newcastle. Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini are the centre-back partnership of Alan Pardew’s choice, but Taylor remains ready to fill in when needed.

And when he’s needed, he always leaves everything on the pitch. His bravery, commitment and attitude cannot be faltered and when other players may not fancy the job on a cold night away from home, Taylor is still up for it.

His disciplinary record lets him down at times, such as when he elbowed Sergio Aguero on the opening day of the season and was sent off.

Many Newcastle fans believe there are too many foreign players in the squad at the minute. Pardew rarely names a Toon line-up with an Englishman in it and some believe that lack of culture leaves them short in Derby Day games against Sunderland, hence their recent poor record.

If the Magpies could bottle up Taylor’s attitude towards the game and inject it into the foreign players’ games, Newcastle could have a side genuinely hunting for a top six finish.