As players return from injury some of our good players are not even making the match day squad of 18, but hey, that’s what happens as the squad starts to get better, as it has at Newcastle over the summer months.
Ryan Taylor – after scoring from free kick at Chelsea last month
For the game with Sunderland last Sunday the 18 man squad did not include either Ryan Taylor or Danny Guthrie, but Chris had included youngsters Kadar and Ranger, and Steven Taylor returned from injury.
Tamas of course has just been called up for the full Hungarian national side to face Lithuania – and he could well be a full Hungarian International in a couple of weeks time.
The same will happen for Sunday as Chris will name his starting eleven and seven substitutes depending on what his game plan is, and also who’s been looking good in training over the last week.
And Steven Taylor is not only pushing for a place on the bench but soon will be pushing hard for a starting place in central defense, as he tries to make a contribution to the team this season.
Chris Hughton has a difficult job to keep everybody happy in the Newcastle squad because, as he says, he can only choose 11 starters and 7 subs for each game:
“It’s part of the job.” “You have a squad, and you want everyone to be available.” “You can only pick 11 players, and seven substitutes.”
“One thing that always happens is that opportunities come round for players – at some stage, they’ll come in for somebody else. That’s always the case.
“It shows where we are at the moment, but opportunities will come for Danny and Ryan.”
Danny Guthrie and Ryan Taylor are not only two good players but are two excellent professionals too, and we just hope they will see some playing action over the next several games, but it’s going to be tough for them.
We do have our concerns about Ryan, because we think he will probably want away next summer, if he doesn’t get sufficient playing time at Newcastle, but you can hardly blame him for that.
He was unhappy with last season’s number of appearances, but he played 36 games with 4 goals last term, and this season he’s made just 4 appearances with two goals, but he’s played extremely very well whenever he’s been in the team this season.
That may be small consolation to the 26 year-old.