It could be a big season for Newcastle’s Ryan Taylor next season, as he tries to tie down the right-back position as his own on Tyneside.
Ryan Taylor – wants Newcastle to get to 40 points
Ryan will be helped by first choice right-back Danny Simpson being out of action at the start of the season, and he has a chance to get a run in the first team at right-back, but nothing is certain.
Taylor told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s really about what happens from the first day of the season until the last.” “That’s where you show your worth.”
“It is nice to go out and prove people wrong like last season, because there were a lot of people doubting us.” “That was mainly because of pre-season results, but it just shows what pre-season is all about.”
“It isn’t just about getting results, it’s about getting ready, and it doesn’t matter if you win every pre-season game.” “It’s about fitness, and you will probably have a few little blips in terms of results.”
There will be quite a few people doubting Newcastle at the start of this next season, but if the lads show the same grit and fight they showed throughout last season, we should be able to do enough to avoid another relegation scrap.
And there’s little doubt Ryan is looking forward to the start of next season, as he continued:
“I missed a lot of football in the last few months and for me it’s all about getting games.” “The togetherness is here and it was there all last season.”
“Nobody has ever doubted the spirit.” “We had some tough times and a few away games when we didn’t win, but in the next game we always bounced back.”
“That’s what champions are made of – you always look to the next game and see if the character or spirit is there.” “And we’ve got that in abundance.”
“We had the unbeaten home record too and it’s a big credit to all of the lads and the staff.” “It’s something that we planned out early.” “You need to have a foundation if you are going to have a solid season and we really couldn’t have done any better at home.”
“We had a few draws, but that unbeaten run helps you along and gives you confidence.”
Good words from Ryan Taylor – and we have to say it’s the new found Newcastle team spirit which gives us confidence for next season.
Of course there will be some massive early games, like the first day trip to Old Trafford – which will be huge tests for the Newcastle side under Chris Hughton.
But, on the other hand, if the lads can do well in those games they will gain the confidence that’s needed to make next season a successful one for the Newcastle club.
That success will be if we can stay out of a relegation scrap – that’s what we would define as success for next season.