Ryan Taylor has been in good form this season and has scored two cracking goals, but he’s only played in three games, and only started the two Carling Cup games.
Ryan Taylor – after scoring with great free kick at Stamford Bidge
It’s going to be a tough season for Ryan Taylor to get a starting position somewhere in the team this season, and his best chance seems to be at right back or on one of the wings, but he’ll continue to face stiff competition, as we expect Chris Hughton in January to further strengthen the squad.
Ryan talked about things today with The Journal:
“I’d like to think I’m doing everything that could be asked of me but it’s only Chris that picks the team,” “I can only do what I’ve been doing. I’m sure it’s in the back of his mind. He knows what I can do anyway.”
“I don’t want to be one of these players who only plays cup games. But the season’s only just got going.” “I will be looking to try and play, it’s just the way things have gone at the minute it’s just not gone my way.”
“Danny played quite a lot of games last season and he’s just coming back from injury now, which will increase the fight for places. It’s in the back of my mind. He’s still maybe a couple of games off yet but hopefully by then I will have had a chance and will take it.”
Newcastle have had a topsy turvy season so far, one week being up and the next week down – so we have to hope that continues through this Sunday.
We don’t expect anything at Eastlands this Sunday, and anything out of the game will be a nice surprise for Newcastle fans, before the International break, so we hope it’s an up this weekend.
Of course we’re on a down at the moment after somehow managing to lose to Stoke on Sunday 2-1, but we are hoping the lads are learning things from these first few games back in the Premier League, and will be a better side for it.
Ryan gave his views on the Stoke City game, as he continued:.
“Blackpool came and played really well whereas against Stoke we had all the possession and chances and they just tried to come and play for set pieces,””That’s what killed us. When it was 1-1 we went for a winner, which isn’t really the sensible thing to do.”
“You’d rather pick up one point than none. We’ve got to change that because even though we’re never happy with a point, at least you’ve got something on the board.”
“We’ve got to try and get last season’s home form back on track, because we were unbeaten. To lose against Blackpool was a little bit disappointing. Going away, there isn’t as much pressure but we always enjoy playing at St James’ Park.”
“Going into games as underdogs is maybe a little bit easier.” “When we played Chelsea it was maybe a bit of a freak result because they hardly concede any at Stamford Bridge no matter what team they put out. Maybe on the night they were thinking they’d roll over us.”
“We went there with a pretty similar team that played against Accrington, just one or two older lads. We knew what we were capable of.” “I’m sure the lads who played at Chelsea will be knocking on Chris’s door at the minute to try and get a game considering we lost the last one.”
Ryan Taylor is a good player, and it’s a pity he cannot get his starting position at Newcastle, but because of his flexibility in being able to play multiple positions, being a free kick expert, and his long throw-ins, he’s a valuable member of the Newcastle squad.
But we have a sneaking suspicion that Ryan just wants to play more, and he could do that at some other club.
But we hope that Ryan will be happy enough at Newcastle, because he’s hinted in the past if he cannot get regular games on Tyneside, he may have to look elsewhere.
But it’s hard to criticize the lad if that ever happens, because he’s honest enough to just want to play football – while he’s getting paid for it, and isn’t content at just sitting on the bench.
Wonder why Michael Owen suddenly comes to mind?