It will be interesting to see where Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear plays new signing Ryan Taylor on Saturday, since it’s almost certain he will start that game.
Jose Enrique – with famous Tyne Bridge in background
It seems like the player most under threat from Ryan is left-back Jose Enrique.
Joe Kinnear felt that Enrique wasn’t in the game enough in the first half against Sunderland, and let him know that, in no uncertain terms, at the break.
Joe apparently urged the 23 year-old to take full advantage of what Joe felt was a narrow Sunderland midfield.
But Joe seemed to be very pleased with Jose ‘s response as he played very well in the second half, and even seemed like he was determined to get that winning goal.
Kinnear talked to the Shields Gazette this morning:
“I told Jose at half time ‘you’re not giving what I expect from you’,” “He’s got all the potential to be a top-class left-back, but he just sits at times.”
“He was our get-out ball, without a shadow of a doubt. I didn’t think he did that enough in the first-half, so I had words with him at half-time.”
“I thought he did exceptionally well second-half. When he gets in that last third of the pitch, he can hurt teams. He has the ability to do it.”
“Sometimes he’s just prepared to sit on his backside in that position and let the game drift away from him.”
Of course Joe Kinnear has been looking for another left-back to challenge Jose for some time, just like Kevin Keegan before him.
Ryan Taylor can also play right back, so one player is threatening both full backs and both wingers for their places, and that has to be good in terms of getting good performances from the lads.
Ryan could also make his debut on the wing on Saturday, which he may well do, with Jonas being suspended for the game.