With Ryan Taylor having served his three match ban for his sending off against Bolton, the 26 year-old could play a major role for Newcastle at Villa Park this Sunday.
Ryan Taylor – his reaction to being sent off against Bolton
Kevin Nolan is hardly ever injured as witnessed by his playing 77 games with 30 goals in the last two seasons, but his absence on Sunday provides an opportunity for somebody to come in for Kevin, and show what they can do.
Peter Lovenkrands talked about having to cope without Kevin this Sunday against Aston Villa:
“We’re going to have to cope without Kevin and Cheick at the weekend, but what’s new? We’ve been stretched all the time.”
“We’re going to have to deal with it, they are two massive players for us. Kevin is our leading goalscorer and he leads by example. But we’ve got players who can step in and cover, we’ve shown that all season.”
“We lost a big player in January in Andy Carroll, but the strikers have managed to cover for that loss.”
“You need to have a squad if you’re going to compete in this league and regardless of who is in the starting line-up at Villa, we’ll compete that’s for sure.”
Peter makes a very good point in that Kevin and Cheick’s absence gives an opportunity to other players to come in and shine for the Magpies.
When you are a squad player and on the fringes of starting for the first team, these kinds of opportunities are what it’s all about in a season.
And with Ryan Taylor finally back from his three match ban, and having been out most of the season with an injured ankle, he will be very keen to show Alan Pardew just what he can do.
Indeed, against Bolton, Ryan took over on the right wing from the injured Joey Barton and took the free kicks and corners, and did very well, and it could be he will play out there on Saturday.
Joey Barton will captain the side, but we wonder if Alan Pardew will give the central midfield position to Joey, in Kevin Nolan’s absence?
Danny Guthrie will keep his place in defensive midfield for the suspended Cheick Tiote, ad the 23 year-old gave a good professional performance on Saturday, and played the easy ball all the time – which is what good players do.
We are also hoping that Jose Enrique will be able to return from his hamstring injury, so this is a decent side that Pardew could play on Sunday at Villa Park:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Taylor (R) Barton (c) Guthrie Gutierrez
That looks a decent side, and of course Ryan Taylor has shown he can score some goals from free kicks, so he will add a goal threat to the side, which is good.
Once Newcastle attain safety, which could even be this Sunday with a win, we would hope that Pardew will give some of the youngsters a chance – like give Nile Ranger a start, and also more playing time for young Shane Ferguson, once he recovers from his thigh injury.
Things are looking quite good for Newcastle at the moment, but we must take something out of the game at Villa Park on Sunday.