Ryan Taylor is finding it hard to get a starting place in the Newcastle side, with James Perch having the battle so far to start at right back.
Ryan Taylor – pushing for first team place
And of course we will also be getting Danny Simpson back form injury soon the challenge James for that right back position so Chris Hughton has already built up some competition for places in the Newcastle squad.
Ryan turned 26 last Thursday, and he knows the Sunday 6-0 win against Aston Villa will make it harder rather than easier to establish himself in the Newcastle starting eleven.
Ryan talked to the Newcastle Journal, this morning:
“I’d like to play every game but you can’t ask for more from the lads after Sunday,” ““I’m sure I’ll get my chance to play in the first team in the Premier League.”
“I’ve just got to keep fit and today will give me a chance to get 90 minutes under my belt and hopefully come out with a victory.” “The aim is to play more games and nail down one position. For me, it’s tough because the gaffer sees me as a versatile player and knows I can play in four or five different positions.”
“It can work for you and against you, but when I get my chance I’ll take it with both hands and just keep going.” “I’d love to play right-back all the time and I don’t mind right midfield but I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep working and hopefully it’ll happen.”
When Ryan Taylor came on in the second half on Sunday, he looked all business, and certainly put in some energetic play in those final 15 minutes of the game.
Ryan, like Joey Barton, grew a moustache for a pre-season photo-shoot for Sky Sports, and those moustaches were supposed to be kept in place until Newcastle had their first league victory of the season.
But it turns out that Ryan couldn’t keep his, as he just couldn’t stand looking at it in the mirror each morning – and he thinks it was easy for Joey?
“Someone gave Joey some shaving foam and a razor and he whipped it off there and then after the game but his was the main one and stood out from the rest,” “I had one but it had to come off, I just couldn’t bear looking at myself in the mirror so it came off after doing the thing for Sky.”
“It was good fun though, the lads took a bit of stick for it but we were always focusing on winning games and it was just a little bit of banter. That’s what it’s like here, we’re a close-knit group.”
This is such an important season for the Newcastle club, as we have to survive in England’s top league, and we are hoping the players we have in place are indeed good enough to compete well with the rest of the top clubs.
Some of our players are already showing through well, and that includes Andy Carroll, who has looked very good in our first two games this season.
Ryan talked about Andy:
“It was great to see Andy do well on Sunday,” he says. “He did great against Man United as well. We’ve been giving him a bit of stick because in the last few weeks he’s not lived up to the number nine shirt in training with his shooting and we’ve been saying give him 24 again because he can’t cope with nine.
“But Andy’s got a bright future in the game and if he keeps his feet on the ground he’ll go far.”
“The Premier League is the main priority but if you can get a good cup run it’s always nice and it’ll be a good experience for the young lads,” “I’ve played there once in a pre-season friendly, they’re going to be a hard-working team and will want to impress with it being on Sky,”
“Their manager (John Coleman) is from the same area I was brought up in and he’ll have a few lads from Liverpool that I know playing. I’m sure they’ll want to get in and about us.” “Their manager’s not one to let his team roll over on a big occasion.”
Ryan will get a start tonight in the game at Accrington Stanley, and we have to hope there are no missteps, and a win is what we are looking for tonight.