Ryan Taylor is determined to show Alan Pardew that he can do a good job for Newcastle.
Ryan Taylor – this is the tackle he was sent off for
Against Johan Elmander in recent Bolton game at home
The former Tranmere Rovers and Wigan Athletic player has been out injured with a damaged ankle since last October, and when he came back in late February, he was sent off in this very first game back, against Bolton Wanderers, but is now available again.
He’s only played 67 times for the first team this season with 2 goals and last season he made 36 appearances with 4 goals in the promotion season, and he has the skills to give Alan Pardew a different option.
And certainly he had a very good game against Bolton, when he took the place of the injured Joey Barton out on the right wing, and also took all the corners and free kicks.
Ryan also has a good good long throw in – which would have been great if Andy Carroll was still at Newcastle.
It could be that Ryan is one of the players at Newcastle who is fighting for his future at the club, that Pardew keeps talking about, and Taylor seems determined to prove to the new manager, that he has a future on Tyneside.
This is what the 26-year-old Liverpudlian told the local Newcastle press corps today:
“I’m always there and available for the gaffer,” “I know what he means by me being a different option. If he needs me, I’ll be there.” “Like any player, I’m not happy to sit on the bench. I want to show him I can play, and that I can be in that starting XI.”
“It was six weeks, almost to the day I think, since I got sent off.” “You never hear of a three-game suspension being six weeks. Normally, there’s a midweek game somewhere along the line so you play two in one week.”
“It’s just the way it went for me. I had come back from an injury I couldn’t prevent, and then had a suspension 55 minutes into my comeback game, which wasn’t ideal.” “Hopefully, now I’ll get a few minutes on the pitch now I’m fully fit and free from suspension.”
We agree with Alan Shearer about Ryan, that he’s not a right back, but that his best position is in midfield and out on the wing, although he a very versatile player, and they are always good to have in any squad.
Ryan signed a four and a half year deal at Newcastle in January of 2009, so his contract runs out in June of 2013.
For the record, Ryan Taylor has played 62 times for Newcastle with 6 goals, and has a total of 237 first class appearances with 32 goals so far in his career, and 19 of those goals being while he was at Tranmere Rovers for three season before he moved to Wigan in 2005.
We think Ryan is a an excellent squad player, and can still do a good job at Newcastle, and of course he’s just a first class professional.