Ryan Taylor has been a bit part player for Newcastle since he signed on with Kevin Nolan in January of 2009.
Ryan Taylor – can play in many positions
But we’ve always liked Ryan, and he’s an excellent professional, and seems to know what he has to do next season – even to get a look-in with the new strengthened squad Newcastle should have come September.
This is what Ryan told the local Newcastle press corps today:
“I’ve got to prove a point to the gaffer.” “It was disappointing to be injured.”
“You can take getting injured in games because things happen, but when you get injured in training it’s hard to take, especially to be out for as long as I was.”
“It was a bit of a nightmare, and then I was sent off in my comeback game. I worked hard and I’ll show the gaffer I want to work even harder.”
“When he did see me for the first time, I lasted 50 minutes.” “I’m sure he’ll have done his homework on every player, but it’s about what he’s got in front of him.”
“I’ve got to get my head down and work hard in pre-season.” “It’s been an unlucky season, and apart from Chelsea, it’s been one to forget.”
“I used to play in the middle growing up, but it’s a position I never really get to play in.” “When called upon, I’ll always show the gaffer I want to play and give 110 per cent.”
We can tell you one difference in the outlook of Ryan Taylor and that of Michael Owen – and that is Ryan is not content to sit on the bench and wants to earn his money by playing on the field – the more games he gets the better.
And we even think Ryan will leave Newcastle at some point in the future, simply to get more playing time at some other club, maybe even back at Wigan Athletic. He’s often talked about not getting enough playing time on Tyneside.
He simply wants to play games, and we’ll see how he does next season, but we’ve always thought he’d be an excellent player to bring on during a game as a sub, because he has unique qualities.
The 26 year-old has a very good and long throw-in, and is not too bad on free kicks either, and he can also rifle them in during open play, as he showed at Accrington Stanley last season.
We think Ryan’s best position is on the right wing, where he can be a threat on goal, and can also put in some good crosses, although he can also play at full back, on the left wing, and even in the center of midfield.
We remember in early 2009, he played in the center of midfield after Kevin Nolan had been sent off against Everton just before half time, and Newcastle valiantly hung on for a hard earned 0-0 draw.
Ryan played there near the end of the season too, when Cheick Tiote was suspended and the Liverpudlian did quite well.
Taylor started his career at Tranmere Rovers in 2002, and played 122 times with 19 goals for the side, before moving on to Wigan Athletic in 2005 for about £750K.
He played only 73 times for Wigan with 7 goals, in the three and a half seasons he was at Wigan, and in his first season had some terrible injuries.
But four of those goals were in 4 consecutive games against a certain team called Newcastle United, and three of them came from free kicks, and he scored two consecutive goals against Newcastle in the Boxing Day fixtures.
So obviously we had to stop that, and so we signed him in January of 2009, in part exchange for Charles N’Zogbia, and Newcastle also got £6M.
Ryan has so far only played 54 times for Newcastle with 6 goals, and we’re sure he wants to add to those totals next season.
We wish him the best of luck, but we’re also sure Ryan already knows it will be tough.