Ryan Taylor The Star Man On Saturday

Ryan Taylor may be a utility player at Newcastle, but many more performances like the competent one he put in on Saturday afternoon, will get him a starting place at Newcastle – somewhere.

Ryan Taylor – very good performance on Saturday – a goal and an assist

Ryan played on the right wing and was instrumental in bringing Newcastle back from the dead in the second half.

After 51 minutes the PSV goalkeeper could only parry the ball and it  went free to Ryan, and you could feel the anticipation of the crowd as there was an opening to put the ball into the net and Ryan hit the exact spot, for a very well taken goal.

Add to that a terrific free kick from the left wing by Ryan, and the ball was in the back of the net in an instant after 73 minutes when Leon Best put the ball past the goalkeeper for another well taken goal.

And we recall in the second half after 79 minutes, a Ryan Taylor special from a free kick 30 yards out which only just went over the cross-bar.

And it seems that Chris Hughton was pleased by the performance too, as he told the Evening Chronicle:

“He scored a goal similar to that last season against Preston.”“He’s a player that has a lot of experience and in the short period of time he’s been here, he’s been a good servant at this club who can play in a few positions.”

“Ryan’s not the only one that can do that, but what we have to have is a squad that is going to be valuable to us this season.”

“We’re looking to bring in more players still, but you want the nucleus of the squad to be strong and versatile.”

And Ryan was interviewed on Newcastle United TV today and had this to say about his aims for next season:

“I just want to play as many games as possible. I’ve said since I’ve been here that I’d love to cement one place.”

“But there’s competition all over the place and I think the gaffer sees me as playing a little bit here, a little bit there, a little bit everywhere.”

“But I don’t mind that. I think it’s a little tag I’ve got now – Chris likes me to fill in to play in different positions, and if he wants to keep a solid shape I’m in there.”

“My aims this season will be just to play as many games as possible and just to be in Chris’ plans.”

Taylor came off after 85 minutes with a minor injury, but the 25 year-old expects to be fit for tomorrow’s game at Deportivo La Coruna.

“I’ll be fine. It was just a little knock. I got a knock against Norwich in the exact same place, so it was just a little recurrence of that, nothing major.”

“A little bit of ice, a massage and away we go. I’ll be on the plane to Deportivo.”

It was interesting that when Ryan was replaced after 85 minutes, he got a rousing hand from the appreciative Newcastle crowd, for a very good performance.

Taylor made 36 appearances last season and scored four cracking goals, and in addition had 5 assists – so he did his part in Newcastle’s Championship winning season.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Tom

    Aug 2, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #1

    One swallow does not a summer make.

    The guy is utterly atrocious. He has one good game in ten, and should be sold. He is a long, long way from being Premier quality: the fact that he couldn’t break into the side in the CCC speaks volumes.

  • Bao Zheng

    Aug 2, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #2

    I live in dread of the NUFC Trust being successful and the club being put in the hands of the he’s not good enough we need to break the bank to sign Messi brigade, oh he’s too small no good in the air, Villa then, oh all Spaniards fail here, Schweinsteiger, too slow, what do you see when you look in the mirror mate, Superman?

  • Moreno

    Aug 2, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #3

    I have seen him squander plenty of set pieces, so good to see him get one right!

    At full back he will get skinned by the premier league wingers, as a winger he doesn’t offer anything special but selling him would be daft.
    He serves a purpose but let’s not get carried away with his ability

  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 2, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #4

    He is top class at delivering the ball, but Guthrie is probably now just as good at them now and Guthries all round game is 10 times better.

    But he is versatile and can provide some width, which with only two wingers in the squad is useful

  • estechco

    Aug 2, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Goal and assist aside, he still looked a ‘dud’ from where I was sitting!

    Don’t like to be overly critical with players who try hard, but can’t see him ever having more than the smallest bit part in our side

  • mattnufc

    Aug 2, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #6

    His only trait is good crosses/set pieces. You need more than that at this level.

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 2, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #7

    SELL HIM! I cannot believe you thought he played well on saturday – he was attrocious a goal and an assist counts for nothing in a friendly unless you have actually played well unlike him. He completely overexposed Perch who ended up having a difficult game.
    Taylors 4 goals last season were not all spectacular. Two were brilliant but two were tap-ins and at the end of the day all four were put in after someone elses good work. Sell him for 1.5-2mill and use this to increase our ben arfa bid and get a world-class youngster in for a league 1 standard one-tick pony.

  • baro

    Aug 2, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #8

    We really need this guys audacious free kicks. Set pieces are most of our goals like on corners Carroll, and S.Taylor headers. But, Guthrie mostly takes corners.

  • Wright

    Aug 2, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Taylor needs to be sold he is a waste of space he is average in the championship and even worse in the Prem he will cost us points just like against Man u

  • Freddie

    Aug 2, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #10

    ryan taylor is nowhere near as bad as you lot are making out, he may not be our best player for reasonable cover in several postions and such a good team player he is definitely worth keeping, 4 goals and 5 assists considering he started very few is a great contribution! many of you need to get behind our players instead of constantly stlating them, then we might continue to have steady team

  • Freddie

    Aug 2, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #11

    he may not be out best player, *’but’ for reasonable cover …..

  • Brutooon

    Aug 3, 2010 at 4:57 AM

    Comment #12

    he is a versatile player. a “world class” backup player

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 3, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #13


    @ Freddie ,
    you need to sort out your knowledge of football because if you dont understand that taylor is shit and guthrie is now better than him at his specialities of set pieces then you shouldnt bother following football


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