Ryan Taylor has done a fine job, filling in at the left back so far this season.
The two Taylors after Ryan scored the winner at Sunderland
But don’t tell that to Ryan, because it’s his intention to play just as many games as possible for Newcastle this season, in any position he can get a game.
We always knew that Ryan wants to play many games for Newcastle, and he was never happy when he was not starting, because he’s one of those players who just wants to play as much as possible, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
And since he arrived two years last January from Wigan Athletic, the Liverpudlian has made only 61 appearances for the Magpies, but scored 8 goals, and many of those goals were from free kicks and he’s scored some great goals for Newcastle.
And not surprisingly, Ryan is determined to make it very difficult for 20 year-old Italian Davide Santon, to take the left back position away from him anytime soon.
Davide will play for the Reserves tomorrow at Swansea, and he could well make the bench at Wolves, if he comes through that game with no ill effects to his right knee.
Santon was brought to Newcastle on the second last day of the transfer market in August, for just over £5M from Inter Milan, and he’s already played 7 times for his country, and is currently captain of the Italy U21 side – so he’s a good player.
This is what Ryan Taylor told the Newcastle press today:
“I want to play as many as many games as I can for this club, as I want to repay them,” “I didn’t play a lot of football last season, and every game’s special for me, as I’ve had a lot of injuries in the past.”
“To play for a club of this stature means everything to me. If I’m playing, I’m happy. If it means playing left-back, left midfield or anywhere, I’ll always give everything I can.”
“This year could be the year – we’ve got to give it a good go,”
We always thought that Ryan’s best position was out on the right wing, but Gabriel Obertan is playing very well out there at the moment, but it tells you something of Ryan Taylor’s character and temperament that he’s more than willing to play anywhere for the Newcastle first team.
There’s no doubt that Ryan Taylor is a top class professional, and it seems that Alan Pardew has taken a bit of a shining to the 27 year-old too – so we’ll just have to see how Santon does, and when he can force himself into the Newcastle first team.
Maybe that will be at right back?