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.