Newcastle Move Has Given Ryan Taylor A New Beginning


Newcastle fans can be excused for thinking the lure of their club, Newcastle United, over the last few years, has been more than a little tarnished.

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Ryan Taylor – a new beginning at Newcastle

But maybe it’s not as bad as we thought, although it’s hardly good, with this season probably being the worst in terms of shenanigans and upheavals at the club, for a very very long time.

Ryan Taylor, our new signing from Wigan sees it all a little differently:

“You see a lot about Newcastle in the news, on Sky Sports and in the newspapers because there is so much written about the club,”

“But to be honest, my perception is that it’s a massive club with a huge fan base, fantastic squad and I feel very fortunate to be part of it.”

“As a player, you don’t really look into the background of everything or go into too much detail. You just want to be part of a club that has a fantastic following and a brilliant stadium.”

“I bet when the team is doing well, this place will be buzzing.” “I would say I have made a better move than Charles N’Zogbia.”

“It’s a step up. Overall, there is a huge difference in terms of size between the clubs and with the players we have here, it is just as good a squad as Wigan have got.”

Taylor’s time at Wigan was ravaged by injuries and minor setbacks, which often left him on the sidelines, so we have to hope his injuries are a thing of the past.

The last thing we want is another injury prone player, however good he is. We already have too many of them at our club, and will be unloading some of them, like Viduka, Smith and Cacapa in the summer, hopefully.

Maybe that’s one of the reasons Ryan was unable to come to an agreement over a new contract at Wigan, although it seems Steve Bruce was still keen to keep him at the JJB.

Taylor seems more than determined to prove that Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear’s faith in the Liverpudlian is justified:

“I just never had the little bit of luck that you sometimes need. In the last couple of years, Wigan has just not been the right club,”

“To be honest, it’s been something like 60 games in three-and-a-half seasons. That tells its own story.”

“I was never out of the squad through not being good enough to play, it was through long-term injuries. But I have gone past that now and I’m fully recovered.”

“Coming here has given me that hunger back. At Wigan, I was wondering when I was going to get the chance to play, and it was tough.”

And Ryan played in the England Under-21 side, which is captained by Steven Taylor, so he already knows one or two lads at the club, and he continued:

“I’m quite close to Steven Taylor so I’m made up here again,”

“There are quite a few Scousers here now, which will mean that the place won’t be very quiet.”

“Then again, even Joey Barton on his own would mean that it wouldn’t be quiet!”

“The Scouse personality and the Scouse sense of humour will help get the place going again – and it will be quite loud.”

“You don’t really associate Newcastle with relegation, even though we’re going through a bit of a dip.”

“You never see Newcastle as a team that goes down,”

There’s no doubt we now have a few personalities at the club, and we’ve signed two of them in Ryan and Kevin Nolan in the last 10 days.

These lads are not only good players, they are great in the dressing room, and if Kevin Nolan’s impact last Sunday is anything to go by, they will also be a huge influence on the field of play.

We’ll be able to gauge some of that in today’s crucial game at WBA.

Comments welcome.



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156 comments so far

  • Leo

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1

    calm down calm down

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  • DanToon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    v WBA…

    ——————–Harper

    S.Taylor – Coloccini – Bassong – Enrique

    — R.Taylor — Butt — Nolan — Duff

    ———– Ameobi —- Martins

    That will be the starting lineup 100%. I think we can all see that!

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  • Leo

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #3

    aye, a couple whipped balls from ryan taylor will find us a few goals today im hoping and a header from a corner for nolan

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  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    ——————–Harper—————-

    —-S.Taylor – Coloccini – Bassong – –

    — R.Taylor — Butt — Nolan — Duff

    —————-Viduka—————–

    ———–Smith —- Martins——–

    …attack..attack!

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    harper 5mill
    s.taylor 5 mill
    coloccini 8 mill
    bassong 5 mill
    r.taylor 1 mill
    butt 500k
    nolan 4 mill
    duff 1 mill
    smith 3 mill
    martins 8 mill (was going to be swapped with bent who i rate at 8 mill)

    That has got to be one of the most cheapest value team in the prem at the moment.

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  • walker

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6

    yeah benny and they still beat your yids

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  • Johno Toon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #7

    bennytoon what difference how much a player cost to how good they are? Boumsong Bramble Luque ect ect a large tranfser fee or value doesnt make them good players,

    Think this is 3 points in the bag, or atleast i hope it is as we really need it!

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  • Ross

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Bennytoon-i might be wrong, but im sure someone posted some sort of article the other day, claiming we had the sixth most expensive squad in the league? i could be totally wrong as i didnt actually look at the link provided, but im sure the poster said

    “we have the sixth most expensive squad in the league apparently”.

    again, i could be way off the mark though.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    johnotoon- It doesnt matter how much each player cost. I was listing there value! They arent worth a lot.When you think that keane , defoe and bent are worth 38 mill combined and your entire team is worth about 40 mill i think it just shows why you continue to struggle every season.

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  • Ross

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #10

    although i see you have only posted the starting 11, rather than the full squad

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  • batty

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #11

    ross do you think we are gonna win today

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #12

    ross- are my valuations well off then? I thought they were pretty accurate.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #13

    ross- I dont think your small squad would bump the price up to much. Who havent i listed who is worth more than 5 mill?

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  • walker

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #14

    keane defoe and bent are not worth 38 mil that was prob the cost.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    walker- I think they are in todays market. Thats only 12 mill each. Bearing in mind you offered 8 mill for johnson who is a man city sub and those three are goal scoring internationals i think the valuation is fair.

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  • Johno Toon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16

    i dont think its how much they cost means anything to be honest, who would ypu rather boumsong who cost what 6 mil or bassong who cost 1.5?

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  • DanToon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #17

    bennytoon – Your team cost all that money and your still no better off than us so just fu*k off ya child!

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #18

    johnotoon- Again, i said it was what they were worth not what they cost.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #19

    dantoon- For your benefit i will again stress i said it is what they are worth not what they cost.

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  • MarkO

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #20

    —————Harper————-

    R.Taylor—Colo—Bassong—Enrique

    LuaLua—Nolan—Butt—Loven

    ———–Oba———Smith——–

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  • MarkO

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #21

    How about bringing in Ryan Babel on loan until the end of the season.

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  • walker

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #22

    benny you said you rate bent at 8 mil now you say 12 ?

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  • batty

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #23

    ffs what has ryan taylor ever done apart from score against us fck all thats what

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  • Johno Toon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #24

    maybe im just way too hung over to get where your going with this so we will agree to disagree i guess

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  • Bill F

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #25

    I have seen some pretty pointless arguments and wind up attempts on this blog but the current Bennytoon one has to be the most irrelevant and cretinous to date. Do give us more of your “golden rain” drops of wisdom Benny, we need a laugh.

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  • batty

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #26

    bennytoon comes on here to wind you up and it works every time .sorry benny half ov these cnts have got a brain and dont relize what your doing

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #27

    Scousers

    Barton
    Nolan
    Guthrie
    RTaylor

    must be quite loud!

    Alot of clubs are accused of having to many foreigners but look at our englishmen

    Owen
    Barton
    Nolan
    Guthrie
    RTaylor
    STaylor
    Smith
    Carrol
    Ameobi(kind of)
    Harper

    I’m not including any youngsters though

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #28

    Bill F- I will come on after the game to cheer you all up and give you a laugh. Just remember if it all goes wrong today you can still make up the points in the easy run of fixtures you have coming up against villa,chelsea, united and arsenal.

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  • Bill F

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #29

    Leo havn’t seen comments from you for a while, or have I just missed them. Anyway nice to see you on the blog again.

    And yes some decent crosses could help us out as long as they are put away. Missed chances could kill us again.

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  • walker

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #30

    batty dont you mean havent got a brain?

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  • batty

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #31

    walker yes thank you

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  • Leo

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #32

    yeah, ive been very busy with my job so i have only been on rarely, i still check out the comments and see how the geordie nation is doing, and obviously never missing a game too.

    hows things with you?

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  • batty

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #33

    WALKERwot do you think the score will be and be honest

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  • Ross

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #34

    batty-im praying for a win today. I think with oba, taylor, nolan, smith, viduka all available confidence will be higher, but WBA are on a good run of home form. we need to go and attack from the word go.

    benny-i think thats it there

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1135774/Hey-big-spenders–Sportsmails-guide-teams-squad-costs.html?ITO=1490

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  • walker

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #35

    batty i think we will be well beaten by 2 or 3 goals.

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  • Ross

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #36

    quite frightening that you’ve spent more than Villa, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton when you look at performances and the table.

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  • batty

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #37

    ROSS i think OBA could do some damage if he,s on top ov his game but if not we could well get beat

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  • batty

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #38

    walker well i think that m8 but think it all depends on how OBAplays m8

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #39

    ross- considering how shit we are i cant believe we are third in that table. If only we had a manager like wenger.

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  • walker

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #40

    lets hope obas on fire then!

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