Ryan Taylor presumably has signed for Newcastle United in what is said to be around a £1.5M deal from Wigan Athletic, but we still don’t know if the signing is official.
Ryan Taylor – versatile and good player
Taylor, who started out as a right back at Tranmere Rovers, has been playing on the left wing for Wigan recently.
But of course the player is also comfortable at left-back and on the right side of midfield, so he can be played in lots of different positions at Newcastle.
Certainly Joe needs to plus the defense, and he could be played at right- back while Habib Beye is out injured.
We just have to plug the defense, which certainly needs to improve if we are top avoid relegation.
And Kinnear believes Ryan will quickly establish himself as an invaluable part of the Newcastle squad, and the sooner the better as far as we are concerned.
Ryan also has a long throw-in so that aimed at 6’4″ Andrew Carroll will be very interesting to watch in future games.
Kinnear told the Shields Gazette today:
“Ryan’s very versatile, and that’s the reasoning why I went for him,”
“He’s got a long throw, and I’m aware of that, and he’s also excellent at set plays.”
“He scores goals from dead ball situations. Ryan can play wide left, left back, right back and wide right.”
“If we have injuries in those areas, the boy’s capable of doing exceptionally well. I still think we haven’t seen the best of him.”
“He played for England’s Under-21s, and I think there’s more to come from him.”
We don’t know if Ryan will be able to play tomorrow against Sunderland, and there’s nothing yet on the Newcastle official site to say the signing is official.
There’s little doubt that Newcastle have secured a couple of excellent players in Taylor and Nolan, for a little over £5M, but we still don’t have enough players through the door in January, especially with Given and N’Zogbia likely to leave, and bring in good money to the club.
Surely there are still more players to come through the door before Monday afternoon at 5:00 pm.
We’ll be worried if there aren’t more players still to come in.