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.
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.