Ryan Taylor Did Very Well In That First Half

We have a sneaking suspicion that Ryan Taylor will turn out to be a good player for Alan Pardew.

This is Ryan Taylor’s tackle on Elmander that got him sent off

Ryan is an honest player, and his time at Newcastle had been questionable,  because under Chris Hughton he probably didn’t get enough games to make him want to stay  at Newcastle.

But Ryan did himself no harm at all in that first half against Bolton yesterday, as he took over the role of Joey Barton and took the free kicks and corners, and his deliveries looked excellent.

The Liverpudlian can certainly cross the ball and we’ve always thought he was better on the right wing than at right back, and he proved that yesterday.

Of course Ryan is also a bit of a dead ball specialist, and can smash in some great free kicks, and his throw-ins aren’t too bad either. In fact he scored so many goals against us while at Wigan, that we had to sign him on. 😀

It’s just a pity he was sent off yesterday, because obviously that’s going to halt his momentum in the side, with a three game ban we suppose.

Alan Pardew explained the growing concern about Joey Barton before yesterday’s game:

“It all started on Friday because Joey had felt his thigh a little bit, but he turned up on the morning and everything seemed OK.” “But as soon as he started hitting a couple of balls in the warm-up he just didn’t feel right.”

“That was a set-back, but Ryan came into the team and we didn’t really look any different. To be fair to Ryan, I thought he did very well in the first half and we created enough chances to win the game.”

“But it didn’t come and we then gifted them a goal, which was a bit of a blow to us. I thought second half we could kick on and regroup, but it changed again.” “We were struggling a little bit and I took the option of trying to win the game.”

“With the position we’re in in the league. I put two strikers on and I thought we were better after that.” “Chances came and went. There were two good teams on the pitch and I actually thought it was a good Premier League game. A draw was probably the right result.”

Indeed the changes Alan made after 65 minutes seemed to work just fine,  and evened up the game, and with just a little bit of luck Newcastle could have come away with all 3 points – and when will our luck ever turn this season?

We have to be honest and say we’ve always liked Ryan Taylor at Newcastle, because he’s such a n honest player, and just wants to earn his money on the field.

But we have to think that Pardew was more than impressed with the lad’s display yesterday,  and will be playing him over the last 7 games of the season, when the Newcastle bench strength should be top class with injured players returning.

For the record, 26 year-old Ryan Taylor has appeared 51 times for Newcastle with 6 goals, after signing on from Wigan just over two years ago.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • z4

    Feb 27, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #1

    anyone knows when joey is coming back?????

  • Bucks mag

    Feb 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #2

    “We have a sneaking suspicion that Ryan Taylor will turn out to be a good player for Alan Pardew.”

    Really? I don’t.

    Apart from his set piece ability, he offers very very little. No pace, vision or real movement, he got sent off because his touch from a simple pass was pathetic and that led to the rash challenge.

  • hitman

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    fk off ref it was a yellow

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  • Sinner

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Well with that tackle,he did himself no favour!
    In 3 weeks time Guthrie,Ireland,Ben arfa and Gosling are all going to return.Well for me its pretty much obvious that all of them would be ahead of him in the pecking order.
    I seriously doubt that we’re going to see him start a game this season.
    With limited playing time,im sure he would want to quit the club.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Bucks mag >> that are you talking man??? He has vision, nice crossing and enough pace to be be a good winger for us, with him we even don’t need Larsson, who is just one year younger. Don’t forget we also have ben arfa, gosling (but he prefers playing in the middle like guthrue and Joey) As you all know we have always played footbal like ‘cross the ball and hit the ball’ we need pair of strikers (Two strong with abillity so score headers) or (one BIG and one fast, but strong if we play counter attacking formation). So we have a depth in the midfield, jus need one or two strikers and one defender, we don’t need a lot of new players, since we have a good academy, from wich I see a few good players to be added to the first squad in the next two years.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    ‘cross the ball and hit the GOAL’ 😀

  • Lee Dodd

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #7

    He Played Well First Half and was Doing Well Until His Sending of. Typical Of This Lads Luck !!! I dont think HBA Will do Much This Season after The Leg Break Maybe Guthrie But Not Ireland !!!! Roll On The Everton Game !!!!

  • Brutooon

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Saying Raylor a freekick specialist is totally overrated!

    Yes he take corners and free kick, but he is nowhere that “specialist”

    I dont mind at the squad cos he is a versatile player..too bad he make one stupid mistake las night

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Brutooon >>> no he is not overrated, it was jus first his PL appearance since injury. Give him more time and you will see. Remember talks about BEST (all that crap about championship player and so on, and now he is not worse than Andy Pound Carroll). Ryan, Guthrie, Best kust need time.

  • Brutooon

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Troleibusiukas, i m saying that calling him “freekick specialist or deadball specialist” is overrated for raylor

    He score some freekicks but some of his corners dont even past the first player ( this comment is based on the 3 seasons he play with us )

  • supervil

    Feb 27, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #11

    To be honest… I don’t rate Ryan Taylor.

    But, I was gutted for him that he got sent off. He didn’t mean it, got over excited and went over the ball. No malice intended though.

    Overall, he had a really tidy, encouraging first half. I don’t think he’s ever going to be a first team regular, but if he’s following Best’s lead by really kicking on and taking his chance, I’m all for him becoming a good squad player.

    So yeah, I was really impressed with his first half display. My early prognosis on him was “I’ve never seen a worse footballing footballer”. The guy seemed to have no footballing sense whatsoever.

    Yeah, encouraging.

  • magpie999

    Feb 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Ryan Taylor for me is another example of Newcastle United messing a player about and sending him backwards rather than improving him.

    We did the same thing to Steve Watson, should have been the nailed down right back but we get playing him in other positions as a stop gap and he never settled into a position.

    Ryan Taylor was being touted as a possible england right back when we first got him, but again we messed the kid about, playing him at left back, right wing.

    I think if he had played him at right back since we signed him he would have been up there with the best in the league right now.

  • Vinicinhos

    Feb 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Ryan is irregular, is a dead ball specialist, but he don’t have any pace, speed…I agree with Bucks.

  • G

    Feb 27, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #14

    I think Ryan is a decent player to have in the squad, and yes, his adaptability can be a problem. He needs direction sometime as he often looks lost on the wing, and doesn’t seem to know at times, where he needs to be. He is a good set piece taker, and I am certainly happy to see him take our corners, and don’t forget he does sometimes chip in with the odd goal. Back to the headline, I think he was having as good a game as I have ever seen him play for us, right until he made that stupid challenge. There was no need for it at all, and if another teams player had done that to one of ours, we would be on here baying for blood.

  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 27, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Yep he had a good first half and his desperate attempt to show willing on Elmander made the second half hard. Just think had we buried a couple more chances.

    West ham cuffed slitherpool so we are still just one result from 6th place and Europe, yet still only 3 results from relegation the bulk of the league is still up for grabs for anybody.

    By the way hitman it was red through and through.

  • Thump

    Feb 27, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #16

    You’re kidding yourself if you think it was a yellow.

  • supervil

    Feb 27, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #17


    Ryan Taylor was being touted as an England Right Back? You’re absolutely kidding me right? What planet are you on…?

    He was used as a makeweight in a £5mil deal… not something that happens to future England internationals.

  • terencelim

    Feb 28, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    Comment #18

    If Ryan Taylor is a foreigner, I can easily expect you to write how shit he is, and how useless and hopeless he is for NUFC.

  • supervil

    Feb 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #19

    What on earth are you on about terencelim?


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