Ryan Taylor, Newcastle’s new signing for just £1.5M from Wigan Athletic (what a bargain), has been praised today for his mature attitude since being dropped from the Newcastle United starting line-up at Hull City last weekend.
Ryan Taylor – great professional at Newcastle United – good for him
But we already knew that Ryan, who effectively replaced Charles N’Zogbia at the club, was an excellent professional when he was signed, and it doesn’t really surprise us, that’s he’s being applauded now by coach Hughton, as a consummate professional.
These are the type of lads we need at Newcastle, and it’s great to have Ryan on-board, and the other two players Newcastle signed in January, Lovenkrands and Nolan, are of the same high caliber as professionals.
We have not missed N’Zogbia, that’s for sure, and he seems happy enough (for now) at Wigan.
Of course Taylor, the former Tranmere Rovers player, was badly at fault against Manchester United two weeks ago, when his attempt to chest the ball back to Harper, was intercepted by Park Ji-Sung who laid it off for Dimitar Berbatov to score the Red Devils’ winning second goal.
With the TV cameras showing Steven Taylor immediately after that goal, it looked like it was Steven’s error, but it wasn’t, even though some reports continue to blame Steven for that goal.
It was a surprise when Ryan was omitted from the team last Saturday, as it was with Peter Lovenkrands too, with Geremi getting the nod on the right wing, where he had played well for Kevin Keegan at this time last season.
Hughton says that Ryan Taylor’s response has been that of a model professional since being dropped, and has today heaped praise on the player.
Chris talked to the Evening Chronicle:
“Ryan will be very much in consideration again.” “He is part of a squad that is fighting for places.”
“Unfortunately for him, he lost out at Hull, but Ryan is very much in our thoughts.”
“I only have to look at his contribution since he came here to see how delighted we should be.”
“His response has been very good.” “After the result at the weekend I couldn’t fault anybody in training this week.”
“It has been very good and very bright.” “It has been the right response.”
We think that Geremi will likely miss out on Saturday against Arsenal, at least in the starting line-up, and we would expect both Ryan and Peter Lovenkrands to come strongly into the reckoning to start that game.
Taylor, because of the great crosses he can deliver into the box for Martins and Owen, and Lovenkrands, because the Dane has the ability to put half-chances into the back of the net, which we failed to do against Hull, where Peter wasn’t even used as a substitute.
Whatever team starts on last Saturday afternoon, it will probably be Newcastle’s strongest bench of the season, as some good players will not start against Arsenal.
But they can still do a job for the club as substitutes of course, as we all pull in the same direction to save our club this season.
We are looking for all 3 points on Saturday, and with some decent luck and good play, the lads could very well produce what would be a fantastic result for the club.
Howay the Lads!!