Ryan Taylor A Consummate Professional At Newcastle


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.

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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!!

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16 comments so far

  • Johno Toon

    Mar 18, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Think he is a great bit of business and the more time he settles here the better he will become, logical long term right back imo

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  • Macas35

    Mar 18, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Don’t think he’s fantastic but a decent squad player to cover injuries.

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  • Pons Aelius

    Mar 18, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #3

    I don’t often disagree with you Ed, but from what I’ve seen Ryan Taylor is not really a bargain. If we were to sell him I wouldn’t expect much more than £1.5-£2m. His delivery has delcined sharply over the past few games and he doesn’t often get past his man.

    I’m not having a go at Ryan here, he seems very committed and professional. I just hope he can start putting in good crosses and finding the target with his free kicks again!

    For me we are missing N’Zogbia on the left, despite Jonas doing well there. Jonas seems to do all the hard work, but his final ball and shooting leave a lot to be desired.

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  • shearerbliss

    Mar 18, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #4

    I have to agree with some of the other comments. I think RT is a good player but he is no CNzog. Else for geremi why would CH come out today praising him but did not start our best players against Hull.
    As for the others I am sick and tired of hearing how good we are GOIN to be but put up dross like what I saw on Sat!
    Shut it CH and get us those much needed points. What is the point of doing our best against two sides that could beat us at our best but play so s**t against lower teams.
    Get us those points we need then get out!

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  • komfort

    Mar 18, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #5

    from what i’ve seen of the lad to date , he looks a player with a 1.5 mil price tag… but that said i think he will improve next season..hopefully in the prem !

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  • Nobby_Long

    Mar 18, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #6

    IF he can’t get in the team ahead of Geremi, then he must be wondering what the heck is going on.

    Ed- Geremi was not played as a winger this time last year, he was on the right side of three midfield players behind an attacking front three.

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  • chuck

    Mar 18, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Ryan Taylor is no more than a bench warmer, please stop with the bigging up of these mediocre players, no one but idiots believe it .

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  • Bill F

    Mar 18, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #8

    He hasn’t been with us long enough to judge him, from what I have seen of him I feel he has been an ok signing with more to come. Lets face it he hasn’t really had a lot of time to settle in and it’s not the perfect scenario for anyone to do so at present.
    I would place Collo firmly in the frame for that goal as well, he had gone to sleep at that moment and could easily covered up the defensive lapse of a fellow defender, isn’t that what they are supposed to do?

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Mar 18, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Good squad player who will come in and do a job for the side…We have lacked so much depth this season and it has come back to bite us on the ar$e with the injuries…

    He can play a variety of roles that can only help in the future if/when injuries and suspensions arise…

    Remember he is a right back first and foremost…He said that himself.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 18, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #10

    I still wreckon he was benched cause of the Manure match!!! No evidence to back that up but thats my thinking.

    Who the hell knows who is planning the squad and tactics. Kinnear from afar?!

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 18, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Ryan Taylor is a defender. The only time he plays in midfield is since he moved to us.

    I think it’s called square pegs, round holes!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 18, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Agree with most, he has been very poor since he arrived.

    He couldn’t deliver a pizza, nevermind a dead ball. At least not against us.

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  • JonnyNufc

    Mar 18, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Ridiculous to drop the lad in the first place. To drop him for Geremi……..no words.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 18, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #14

    But then again I agree with Jonny. He shouldn’t have been dropped simply because we dont have anyone better on the right wing at the moment. Especially when Duff wasn’t match fit (dont rate him but he’s the best we have there unless we swtich Jonas to the right which will negatively impact Enrique’s performances).

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  • Darling27

    Mar 18, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #15

    I agree Stuart79 the lad is a right back nothing else.

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  • ToonTinka

    Mar 19, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Im yet to see anything thats worth even 1.5 mil.

    It is still early days though, so will give the lad the benefit of the doubt and hope he comes good in time.

    Being a good professional should automatically come as standard! They are paid a hell of alot of money to be professional in there jobs.

    They should not be praised for this kind of thing in my eyes.

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