24-year-old Liverpudlian Ryan Taylor will bring a lot to the Newcastle club, with his free kicks and long throw-ins, being just two of his specialities.
Ryan Taylor – can he score for Newcastle tomorrow?
We got a great deal for Ryan, with N’Zogbia going the other way to Wigan and Newcastle getting an additional £6M in the process. And Ryan is different to Charles, as he’s a mature guy.
And it looks like Ryan would like to score a goal or two for Newcastle, sooner rather than later.
Taylor told the Shields Gazette today:
“I’d like to think I’ll take some free-kicks,” “I want to take them, but there are good players here who will fancy them as well.”
“Obviously, with my history against this club, they realize what I can do.”
“I think I need to redeem myself after scoring four against Newcastle, and it’ll be nice to get that first one.”
“If it was from a set play, it would be nice to show the fans that I can do it for them as well.”
Taylor, who can play in either full-back position and on either wing, thinks his very first goal against Newcastle was the pick of his seven goals for Wigan.
On that day, back when Glenn Roeder was still manager, Ryan managed to beat Shay from 20 yards out, with a stunning volley, for the only goal of the game.
“They were all special goals for me, but my favorite would be the first one, which was my first Premier League goal. That meant a lot.”
“Every one of them has just been as nice, but the first one meant that little bit more as it was my first.”
“It was a 1-0 win, and despite everything that happened against Newcastle, it would have to be that one.”
“You go into every game thinking if you get a free-kick, you could score. With me, it just always seemed to be the same team all the time.”
Ryan has been warmly welcomed by Newcastle fans, because they appreciate that he’s both a good lad and a good player.
And he seems to have been an absolute bargain for the club, with his contract running out in the summer and Wigan either unwilling or unable to offer him the contract he wanted. And it seems he appreciates the bigger stage and opportunities at the Newcastle club.
We do have one or two who can rifle the ball into the net, but you can be sure Ryan will get a chance tomorrow, if we get a free kick around the penalty area – just imagine what it would be like if he rifled one into the net. 😀
Let’s hope so.