Ryan Taylor Adding Competition For Places at Newcastle

Now that Jonas Gutierrez is back from his suspension, one of the selection posers for Chris Hughton tomorrow is to who to play on the wings.


Ryan Taylor – adding competition to a number of positions at Newcastle

Newcastle managed to get both Ryan Taylor and Peter Lovenkrands throuyh the door in during January, and we lost Charles N’Complainer, so we have done well to cover the wings with Duff, Gutierrez, Taylor and Lovenkrands all able to play on the wings.

In the summer the club may bring try to bring in another winger, with Kieran Richardson an obvious target from Sunderland, and the lad certainly has class, which is what often wins games.

But tomorrow Chris will need to choose any two from Duff, Gutierrez and Taylor as to who at least starts in the wide positions for Newcastle.

Hughton said today:

“It is good to have options.” “There have been periods this season when we have not had everybody available, but that has changed in some areas.”

“The players are aware that no matter what part they play, they have to work incredibly hard for the team.”

Duff has the advantage that he has started to score some goals for Newcastle and amazingly took only 64 seconds to score against WBA, and he took his chance very well, so early in the game.

Hughton added:

“I am delighted for Duffer.” “The thing with Damien Duff is you know what you are going to get from him, which is a tremendous work rate.”

“He covers the ground and takes players on.” “What you also want from the wide areas is the ability to score goals.”

“He could have scored a second goal as well.”

We expect Ryan to start on one of the wings tomorrow, and if Steven Taylor picks up a yellow card tomorrow, he’ll have 5 cautions and will miss the gamer at Bolton next Saturday.

If that happens look for Ryan Taylor to play at right back, and it will be interesting to see how he plays, because he may be the best right back we have at the club, until the great Habib Beye returns.

Certainly Ryan has added competition for places at both full back and on the wings at Newcastle, and he seems too good a player to leave on the subs bench.

With his long throw-ins and his excellent dead kick capabilities, we think Ryan will play lots and lots of games at Newcastle, in various positions.

And he cost just £1.5M – what an absolute bargain!

30 comments so far

  • Dan4Toon

    Feb 21, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #1

    we should deffo use his long throw, with viduka or ameobi flicking it on for martins on lov 😀

  • NepToon

    Feb 21, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Named amongst the substitutes for Newcastle’s U18 academy fixture on Saturday (see above) is recently -signed Swedish international youngster Samuel Adjei.

    The 17 year-old midfielder moved to Tyneside from Jonkopings Sodra IF earlier this month and becomes the second Swedish prospect to join United’s Academy, following goalkeeper Ole Soderberg.

    PS: Brazilian youngster Caio Ferreira has yet to appear for the club competitively, while the formalities of his registration and work permit are concluded

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 21, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Ryan Taylor should play right back, Gutierrez and Duff on the wings, simple

  • cosmicMini95

    Feb 21, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Toon_Factor, the problem is both Jonas and Duff are best on the left. We saw against Sunderland how good Jonas was there with Enrique whilst Duff looked lost on the right. Then against WBA, Duff was back on the left and looked alot better…

    Personally I would like to see a 4-5-1 with R.Taylor @ RB.


  • Toonmadtom

    Feb 21, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #5

    i agree he should start as a rb, what about the strikers for the morra i would love to see lovenkrands and martins start

  • geordiehammer

    Feb 21, 2009 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #6

    taylor colo bassong enrique
    jonas butt nolan duff
    lovenkrands martins

  • geordiehammer

    Feb 21, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #7

    thats ryan taylor at rightback and not steven taylor

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 21, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #8


    True, as suppose we need a change of formation in our team, I would personally like us to play this formation

    _______________ GK________________

    I feel this is the way we should play if we want to be successful, we need to be more defensivly

    Coloccini is a very good defensive mid as I have mentond many times, you cant judge him from the Man City game.

    This would be my first choice team


    Either this are the Owen, Martins, Viduka partnership would work

  • Tom

    Feb 21, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #9

    For me, tomorrow, it should go something like:

    R Taylor, Coloccini, Bassong, Enrique
    Duff, Nolan, Butt, Jonas
    Lovenkrands, Martins

    Krul, S Taylor, Smith, LuaLua, Ameobi, Cacapa, Viduka

    If Carroll were fit, I’d go 3 up top with Lovenkrands and Martins, Nolan, Butt and Jonas forming the midfield 3.

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 21, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #10

    What does everyone see in andy carroll, seriously????????????????? If Ameobi was putting in preformances like Carroll has been doing, people would still complain about him, non of this local kid? hero buisness Carroll is NOT good enough

  • jonny

    Feb 21, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #11

    anyone who says jonas should play cm is an idiot, his pace and dribbling is lost there and he was completely ineffectual when put there by knnear in the second half v stoke/wigan, hes NOT a cm at all.

  • AndyNUFC

    Feb 21, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Carroll’s only 19(?), Shola’s 27. They’re probably on par in terms of ability, but Shola’s the laziest, stupidest footballer we’ve got. Carroll puts himself about and wants to be playing.

  • RyanToon

    Feb 21, 2009 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Ronaldo should miss our game IF the FA do
    Premier League Newcastle United
    by oh gutierrez! (U13635677) 21 February 2009

    their job properly! he kicks out time and time again and gets away with it, i can only hope the FA have the bottle to BAN him for 3 games after seeing the footage(the ref was right behind it but NO card!) but i highly doubt it as they love man united

  • leazers corner

    Feb 21, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Carroll holds the ball up far better than Shola, far more competitive in the air, makes more intelligent runs and certainly doesn’t get caught offside as much.
    Shola has had more than his fair share of chances.
    I live in Stafford close to Stoke and some of their fans that I know said he was absolutely terrible when he was there on loan.

  • leazers corner

    Feb 21, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Looking forward to my 400 mile trek in the morn. Got a good feeling that we will get a decent result, meaning a win!!!

    Loverboy first goal, Collo header from a corner in the last 10mins to secure a much needed victory.

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 21, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Am not being funny here but I would actually rather play Ameobi upfront than Carroll

  • leazers corner

    Feb 21, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Toon Factor – Based on what. What can you see that most toon fans can’t.
    I know at times he can be a handful but you can count his good games on one hand.
    Was in Fluid bar before last home game and the groans when Shola was named in the starting eleven were deafening, The ‘Shola debates’ then started.

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 21, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Lets get one thing straight I am not a Shola fan, if he was to be sold tomorrow i wouldnt be disapointed, but however he is a better player than Carroll, At least Ameobi tries, hes strong, powerful, tries to make runs and is good at headering, and although Carroll is good at heading too, he is not strong in my opinion and cant run with the ball either, his workrate is awful and doesnt try to get involved

  • In response to the guy who asked about Vuckic on the other thread Vuckic only scored 1. Henderson, Williams and McCrudden scored the others.

  • DJG

    Feb 21, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #20

    leazers corner // Feb 21, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    ”Looking forward to my 400 mile trek in the morn.”

    Rather you than me wor kid.

  • chuck

    Feb 21, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Shola, is a better player than Carroll .
    A big kid with an ego to match and slow as mollasses, aint going to make it sell while he is still sellable.
    Competition for places, why is that ?we sold our best players.
    If theres competition how come a young unknown defender walks into the side and not only makes the CD position his, but is reckoned to be one of the teams best players.
    What does that say about the level of talent.
    When fans are happy to see us buying people like Guthrie and R. Taylor, as opposed to the
    Mbia`s and Sahko`s , in other words 2nd. best to save money, then the result is a midlevel club, fighting relegation each season.
    You usually get what you pay for.

  • DJG

    Feb 21, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #22

    ”Moyes’ options are further limited tomorrow by one-match bans for Tim Cahill and Tony Hibbert, while Marouane Fellaini (back), Leon Osman (stomach) and Steven Pienaar (hamstring) are set to miss out through injury.”

    I knew Cahill and Hibbert were out. But Fellaini, Osman ans Pienaar ASWELL !!!!

    That is pretty much all their dangermen. hehe. Only really Arteta left. GET IN, BRING ON TOMOROW. Plus they have a stinking record of coming up here. We have Martins, Viduka and smith back.
    If we cant beat them tomorow then we trully are pathetic. Sure they have Arteta, but so what, we’ve got Ryan Taylor. we’ve got Ryan Taylor, we’ve got Ryan Taylor. (sing to ones self)

  • DJG

    Feb 21, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #23

    chuck // Feb 21, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Guthrie is better than M’bia. Plus he he english.

    R.Taylor is completely under-rated, mainly because he has had many injuries. I ask you this, who else would have taken decent corners and freekicks? Geremi? Butt? Surely not. Thats why we are happy to see these players. They are proven premiership talent. M’Bia is an unknown quantity. And by the way was very poor for his team when Wise went to scout him.

  • chuck

    Feb 21, 2009 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Well DJG, I suppose you believe that and yes we need bodies and poor old Butt and Geremi once great players are past it now.
    I`m afraid that any knowledgeable fan will tell you that Mbia is a highly rated young player and will most likely end up in the PL this year.
    He was one of three finalist`s for the young African player of the year award.
    Yes it was stated he did`nt have a good game when scouted by Wise.
    The fact is he has been well scouted all year and rated by all.
    As for Guthrie, a Liverpool castoff, will never be more than a bench player on any decent team.
    But of course as you state he is English, whatever that means?

  • Prince Bassong

    Feb 21, 2009 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #25

    I wouldn’t want M’bia with Nolan, Barton and Guthrie already at the club fighting for 2 positions. We should try to get a good young prospect who’d compete with Butt for now but complements the 3 ahead of him and the youngsters behind him. I’d quite like Michael O’Connor who seems to be overlooked a lot compared to Delph, John Joe O’Toole and co. He needs a bit of fine tuning but the ability is definitely there.

    Alternatively Arca would be a decent option for the right price should the smoggies go down. He’d provide CM, LM, LB options with plenty of experience in the Premiership and specifically NE football.

    If we could get Mark Beevers or a similar player, then we’d have the only option we lack at the back – height.

    Then we need a manager who can get us playing more effectively. We’ve seen that the team can be well organised so it only remains to sort out the attacking side. Possession and good movement is required and doing so will see us not only stretch teams but get away from spending 90 minutes of every game running hard and getting into battling games which will in turn see a significant reduction in the number of injuries we sustain (not to mention more attractive).

  • ObaMartins

    Feb 21, 2009 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #26

    ED why is this sort of thing allowed on the Blog ? >>>>Stardust // Feb 20, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    On a terrible note Geordie – I am half expecting Jade to make a miracle recovery – thats the esteem I hold her in, terrible thing to say if whe is genuine but I just cant bring myself to like or trust a thing she says. Anyway back to footy lol

    “I am half expecting Jade to make a miracle recovery” ???????what sort of person are you Stardust ?? the woman is leaving behind Children also, i hope you sleep very little tonight

  • Darling27

    Feb 22, 2009 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #27

    Ryan Taylor should play at right back with Gutierrez and Duff on the wings.

  • Darling27

    Feb 22, 2009 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #28

    Toon_Factor that’s a cracking formation mate!!! I’d love to see that played.

  • xfer

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:25 AM

    Comment #29

    S.Taylor’s best position is right back. Ryan Taylor for winger any time of the day. He gives us alot of flexiblity with his all round game.

    Duff could be starting with Lovern up front, with Martins starting from the bench.

  • waddler

    Feb 22, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #30

    Xfer, Has steven taylor got a best position, personally I would sell him with Owen, Viduka, Ameobi, Cacapa and Smith in the summer.
    Bring in another two central defenders, one who is adaptable and cover press Enrique. One defensive midfielder to challange Butt and also a top prospect like Delph.
    A forward would also be needed with pace and power, it might be Ranger but his time will come soon.


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