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!!