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.
“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!