Ryan Taylor spent some of his summer break in Las Vegas here in the US, as he looked back on a move from Wigan to Tyneside, that he feels will still become a big success.
Ryan Taylor – wants to make right back his position
Ryan said today:
“I’m playing in the Championship but I don’t regret making the move and I’m looking forward to the next four years here. I needed a fresh start,”
Ryan’s three seasons with Tranmere Rovers means he is one of the few Newcastle players with Football League experience, and we will soon see just how well and how quickly the current squad can adjust to the rigors of the Championship.
“When you see the sides that are in the Premier this season you think ‘hold on a minute, where’s Newcastle?’”
“It is weird when you look at the talent here to think we’re no longer in the Premier League. But it doesn’t work like that and it will be tough this season because everyone’s going to want to beat us,”
Ryan has been unable to secure a settled position under either Chris Hughton or Alan Shearer on Tyneside, and Newcastle fans have so far seen very little evidence of a player tipped for England honors by his former Wigan boss, Geordie Steve Bruce – now manager at Sunderland.
This season Ryan seems determined to become first choice right back, and with Habib Beye destined for a move to either Hull City or Aston Villa he could do just that.
“I’m nearly 25 years old and I want to settle down in one position. I’ve played in numerous roles in the past – left midfield, right midfield.”
“I’ll do it, but I want one position only, and that is right back, and I’ll do everything I can to force my way into the team.”
Newcastle’s players’ desire will be tested this month when they face many of the sides tipped to be their main rivals for promotion from the Championship this coming season.
Many feel the Newcastle players are just not cut out to do well in the Championship, and certainly the lads have a lot to prove after their disastrous play of last season in the Premier League.
Taylor cites last month’s encounter with Huddersfield as being a potential water-shed moment when the Newcastle players closed ranks and fought for one another – something we didn’t see much evidence of last season, to be sure.
Ryan thinks that spirit will be needed if we are to prevent sides like Plymouth, Scunthorpe and Blackpool from taking the biggest scalp in the Championship division.
Ryan went on:
“The game at Huddersfield turned a bit ugly and maybe that is a sign of how things could be in the Championship week in week out,’’
“But we showed we’re up for the fight. With Newcastle old boys Lee Clark and Terry Mac being there they wanted to get wired into the lads even though it was a friendly.”
“If they’d have beaten us it would have been a big scalp but we did our job in the correct way.”
“Going to places like Huddersfield in pre-season is all about getting back to reality and see the type of teams we’re going to be up against and the kind of grounds we’re going to be playing in over the next ten months.”
“You can see with Derby last season how damaging a bad start can be so it’s vital we hit the ground running. We need to do the opposite, get a flying start.”
“There was hurt in the dressing room after what happened last year because it was very disappointing but the lads have recovered. The fans can’t see it but standards in training show how much everyone is up for this season.”
“We hope everything gets sorted with the (sale of the) club and I’m sure we can help that by getting results on the pitch.
“I can’t wait to see the reaction of the fans once we start winning games. The fans are like no other and things can really take off if we start winning games.
“They’ll follow the team through thick and thin, getting 3,000 away fans preseason just tells you what they’re like. They were hurt last season but I know everyone will be there for us again this year.”
Rayn is just one of the players who Newcastle fans will be watching to see if he has both the spirit and the skill to be successful on Tyneside, and help the team get near the top of the Championship table.
If we can be at or near the top throughout the season there has to be a chance the Geordie fans can roar on their team to some success in the promotion race.
After all if we manage to win games we have to think the crowds at St. James’ Park will soon improve, even if it’s only in the English second division.
Howay The Lads!!