Newcastle Squad Is Flying Right Now – Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has told the Evening Chronicle today that the spirit of the Newcastle squad is just fine, and the squad are flying.


Ryan Taylor – seems to love life at Newcastle

The 24-year-old Liverpudlian told the Evening Chronicle:

“I’m settling in really well at Newcastle.” “Coming here for me was a change of scenery, a new team and a new town.”

“But I feel I am fitting in well day by day. Everybody is so easy to get on with here and it has been easier than I thought.”

“You read a lot about Newcastle.” ““But to be linked with the club first and then to join them has been brilliant for me.”

“When you come here you don’t know what to expect but everybody has been great and the lads are all fantastic.”

And looking ahead to our next crucial game at Bolton (every game is crucial right now), Taylor is hoping to keep up his record of never being in a Newcastle side that had lost.

While that’s just 3 games, a defeat at Bolton would not be good, and a win would be terrific, because it would put us ahead of Bolton in the league by a point, and we’d also have  a slightly better goal difference.

It could well be that two players returning from injury, Oba Martins and Alan Smith, could also play from the start. It would be good to see Smith start, because he must be motivated to do really well, after being out all season through injury.

Alan’s a good player, but he’s hardly shown his best form at Newcastle, in the last 18 months, but maybe that will change under the new management at the club – hope so anyway.

Ryan continued:

“We’re confident going into it. We are getting numbers back day by day.” “Nobody wants injuries but we have Michael Owen back soon and Danny Guthrie also to come back.”

“The squad are flying at the minute and full of confidence.” “We are three games unbeaten and want to carry on that way.”

There will always be the doom and gloom merchants on Tyneside, and in life generally, who are only happy, when they’re not – and everybody else isn’t either.   😀

But after everything fans have been through this season, there may even be some hope for optimism, because since the new lads came in last month, we have 5 points from 3 games, and that’s not too bad at all when you are fighting relegation.

Taylor added:

“It was important to hold on for that point against Everton.” “The lads showed they were all in it together.”

“There is no ‘i’ in team.” “Everybody has a part to play and I will help in anyway that I can.”

Good words from Ryan, who seems to be a great buy for the club, and because of his flexibility in where he can play, and with his his great free kicks, crosses and long throw-ins, this lad will get lots and lots of games for Newcastle in the future.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • lesh

    Feb 26, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Thisreally is the spirit we want to hear about. If the lads are as geed up as he says, we can expect a team firing on all cylinders – subject of course to the team selection, game plan and tactics.

    We need to go all stifle Bolton and sicken ’em to the point where their heads go down then….. wham bam!!

    Is that a possibility?

  • Fresh

    Feb 26, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Good on ya Ryan – lets see them 3 points on Saturday and we’ll know we’re on the way back

  • Whumpie

    Feb 26, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #3

    There’s no “I” in team.. but there is an effin cliche…

    I think this guy is going to be incredibly important to us. Some seem to think he’s just not the level of quality we need, but in our situation, versatility and application are far more valuable than being spectacularly good at one thing.

    It was great to watch our free kicks and throw-ins with some level of expectation again, even if they did come to nowt on Sunday. If he can get some more decent crosses and throws in I think he’ll soon be moving up the ‘assists’ league.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 26, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #4

    So – the inevitable discussion… what’s the starting line-up?

    I’m thinking (assuming Guthrie’s not ready yet)…

    ———Harps (natch)

    Then, if we look safe and fancy upping our goal difference (and when Viduka’s crocked after 30 minutes) something like this:

    —-R.Taylor—–Smith—-Lua Lua

    Shame that’s four subs, eh.

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 26, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #5


    i like r taylor and not just coz he works hard but coz i think he has a lot of quality ok he isnt the most skillful but he has a good cross and is way more effective in a match than zog ever was

  • Nobbys Dad

    Feb 26, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s never a right midfielder and I wasn’t impressed with him at all on Sunday.

    This may seem harsh but if he’s the quality of player we’ll be bringing in on our tight budget then we are in trouble. Working hard and saying the right things doesn’t win games.

    What we need to ask is – is the player brought in better than the person who’s place he’s taken – Taylor is certainly not better or the equal of Milner

  • It Could Be Worse...We Could Be Spurs -DC-

    Feb 26, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Just wish he had a half decent first touch, the guy has shocking control for a premiership player.

    Let’s hope his set-pieces gain us some much needed points as it’s obvious that is the only reason he gets a game.

  • It Could Be Worse...We Could Be Spurs -DC-

    Feb 26, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Good point Nobby and no offense Whumpie but that team selection makes me cringe, how we ever got stuck with that incompetent bunch in midfield is beyond me, if we stay in the premiership this season we should be counting our lucky starts

  • cyprus

    Feb 26, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #9

    I note your selection Whumpy but it doesn’t exactly set the page on fire… but we do have a very good team with all fit: Harper, Beye, Colo, Bassong, Enrique – with work, this is an incredibly good defense (not kidding- two internationals, three potential intls). Then Duff (resembles the Chelsea guy these days), Guthrie, the criminal, Jonas (must play always), Taylor and Oba and Loven maybe (what a miss!). (definitely no room, when all fit, for Smith, Ameobi, the famous one who’s always injured, or the error prone Butt (good sub) or Taylor (good sub).

  • Stardust

    Feb 26, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Nobbys dad – I thought he got more crosses into the box in one game than Milner did in 4 seasons – including taking the corners.


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