Ryan Taylor has not had a particularly good time of it at Newcastle since his transfer from Wigan Athletic in January.
Ryan Taylor – trying to make the right-back spot his own
And after completing his first injury free pre-season campaign since 2005, the former Tranmere Roverslayer is looking to cement a place in the first team for the coming season.
With Habib Beye having departed for Aston Villa, Ryan is currently first choice at right back, but he had a patchy game last Saturday, and looked too easy to beat, too many times.
But he’s a decent player and we have to give the lad time to settle down in his new position in the team.
Ryan told the local Evening Chronicle today:
“I’m over the moon, really,” “This is my first full pre-season, I think, in four years.”
“I’ve never finished a pre-season until this one.” “I know I missed the Leyton Orient game, but the rest did me the world of good.”
“I feel fit, which is something I haven’t felt in years.” “I’ve always had to play catch up throughout the season to try to get fit.”
That’s good news because once Damien Duff completed his first pre-season for a while last summer, he had his best season ever at the club last season.
Newcastle got a good result at the Hawthorns against West Brom on Saturday, but now have to get a couple of wins in their successive home games against Reading and Sheffield Wednesday at St James’ Park.
Wins is what will get us promoted – not draws, and we had far too many of them last season.
Now all Taylor is focused on, as seem to be most of our other players, is getting the club back where it belongs, and that’s into the Premier League.
“I’m absolutely buzzing to be playing in the games, because it’s all new to me at this time of year!” “I’ve had two leg injuries, as well as little bits and bobs.”
“This is my first full pre-season in four years – it’s been tough, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.” “I’m just happy that I’m fully fit now.”
“We may need a few extra bodies but we’ve got enough fire and desire in the dressing room to take us to the likes of Plymouth and Cardiff and get results.
“Hopefully, we’ll be at the top of the table come the end of the season.”
Newcastle have just 18 senior players at the moment in their squad, and remain the only team out of the 91 Premier League and Football League clubs, not to have signed a new player this summer.
That’s due to the ownership incompetence of Mike Ashley, and to nothing else.
We’ll be celebrating big time once this man sells our club.