Ryan Taylor Attitude So Different To Michael Owen


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.

Comments welcome.



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372 comments so far

  • nimo

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Good squad player

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  • nimo

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #2

    1st

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #3

    I very much like Raylor he can be vital at covering for injuries next season I would be sad to see him leave I think

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #4

    no way they allow him to leave. he can play all over the pitch to cover anyone whose injured and set piece are probably better than barton.

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  • NUFC STEVE

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #5

    I wud try him right back!!!great crosser,aggression,great spirit and character!!!!!Every time I see simmo he doesn’t look like footballer!!!!tchoyi 2nd goal was shocking-don’t say it was a mistake cos it was just championship defending!!!!maybe we think Taylor can’t defend but he did play for Wigan very well for 1.5 yrs at RB!!! Anyone agree!!!!!?????!!!???

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  • kilcline

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #6

    He was a demon against us!

    I would keep him as we need numbers, clearly we are not going to sign the 5 or 6 we need on top of what we have got.

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  • geoff777

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Great team player.
    Guthrie did well too.
    Thought Simpson had a good season overall.
    Harsh to highlight errors in the last few games.
    He held his own against some of the top wingers in the league.

    Looking forward to the new season.
    Getting withdrawal from footie already.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #8

    didnt Raylor say he’d be looking to leave if he wasnt givin a fair chance

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  • Thump

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Tell me about it, Geoff. England this Sunday, aye?

    @GeordieToon: he said he’d look into alternatives but the last few games he’s looked canny sharp and done his job well. I think holding midfielder suits him better than RB.

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  • Colo2

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Good squad player can player, can play at fullback or anywhere across the midfield.

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #11

    geoff I agree on all counts there

    Guthrie really started to show he was decent towards the back end of the season. I’d be keeping both Guthrie and Raylor to be back ups.

    I also still have a lot of faith in Simpson coming good very soon. He didnt have a pre season which I think will help him a lot this time round

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  • NUFC STEVE

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #12

    The list goes on:
    Lennon in the 90th minute
    Liverpool 2nd
    West brom 3rd
    There is more

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  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Keep him. He is a goid squad player and is very versatile.

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  • kilcline

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #14

    I would offer him and Forster to Celtic for their left back

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  • tsunami

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #15

    I,ve always liked the lad,proper 100% player. Never to be compared to Owen (a.k.a , sick note the weasel). Think there are one or two dead legs that i would get rid of before Ryan.Is Ashley a dead leg? all be it a rather large one.

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #16

    In all fairness Steve Collo has a pretty big list this season as well. As doesWilliamson and Jose.

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  • shabunkin

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #17

    i like him me . hes a one of those lads who actually plays where hes told , unlike guthrie who plays in the middle no matter where he starts,and the lad can kick a dead ball , hes a keep for me ..

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  • nimo

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Steve u could make a list of all the goals that were enriques fault n I reckon u could get 5 easy not off top my head but everytime I’m on your slagging off simmo did he do the dirty wi ya mrs or somet

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  • samag

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #19

    strengthen both full back positions. 31 games for simpson……… think i’d try saylor or raylor there for half of those. thats the difference. i would have enrique at lb every game.

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  • Snubs

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Gervinho to make his announcement tomorrow. Hope it’s Newcastle.

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  • whered he say that,,, thought he sed this week

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #22

    samag thats because there is no one else in the squad who can play LB

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  • roe997

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Gervinho been
    announced as a Newcastle player in L’Equipe TV

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Someone on Twitter saying Gervinho has been announced as A NUFC PLAYER in L’Equipe. Probably a load of sh1te!

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #25
  • NUFC STEVE

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Simmos grand but if we have all these great attacking players like Arfa,gervinho,nzigbia why shud we not get a solid back 4 together !!!!and WWJBD don’t get me started on colloccini !!!

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #27

    roe779

    You beat me to it…gitt lol

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  • xmindcrimex

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #28

    Proper lad! I like Ryan Taylor. Hope he stays injury free next season. I agree with the holding midfielder comment.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Gervinho announced on french tv he is joining newcastle!!!!! Hope its true 🙂

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  • toonruz

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #30

    fallinpolarbear The Fredster
    Om sant: TACK! RT @elAato: @MsiDouglas Gervinho been announced as a Newcastle player in L’Equipe TV

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  • toonruz

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #31

    i proove my point

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  • has he reli

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #33

    No links lads so take it with a pinch of Pepper lol.

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  • a doubt it tbf like, no link, no proof

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #35

    thaz nothing on l’equipe about it

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  • andyroo

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #36

    would any 1 take a shot on gabby abonglahor ???

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  • gazza going fishing

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Has anyone got any genuine sources? like a source from L’Equipe TV itself? Too many false alarms latley lads!

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  • Andy

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #38

    http://garagepl.forumactif.com/t17741-l-equipe-tv-annonce-gervinho-a-newcastel Link to a french blog. Anyone with google chrome can translate it. Basically frenchies being pissed off with their club losing there player. It says le quipe announced the deal.

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  • roe997

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #39

    or slab of salt lol

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  • samag

    Jun 2, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #40

    left back, damn i’m sure perch gave his best performance there (sarcasm) both taylors coulda also played there? just gave in to steven and his 50k a week deal. how often did he play? came right at the end of the season tho, i’ll admin. Also not a bad fullback!
    pardew really was caught out on injuries but seriously Seriously! lacks imagination

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