One of the pleasant surprises of this season, and there are a few of them, is Ryan’s Taylor’s good form at left back for Newcastle.
Ryan Taylor – after scoring at Sunderland
Ryan was played out of position at left back, after Jose Enrique left for Liverpool to play for a top four side – I know Newcastle are 4th at the moment, now where is Liverpool at the moment ?
And apart from one dodgy game at QPR, Ryan Taylor has put in some solid performances this season.
And not only that, but his freee kicks have saved Newcastle a couple of times this season, and he famously rifled in the winner in the second half at Sunderland to get Newcastle the win.
And then he brought Newcastle back from the dead with an 81st minute equalizer in the Carling Cup at Scunthorpe, which Newcastle went on to win 2-1 after extra time.
Taylor was signed from Wigan back in January of 2009, with Charles N’Zogbia going the other way, with Newcastle getting Ryan and £6M in the deal.
Wigan of course are Newcastle’s next opponents and 20 year-old Davide Santon is now fit and ready to go, and he will almost certainly soon be starting for the Magpies.
But of the two starting full-backs right now, Danny Simpson may be the most vulnerable, with Davide able to play either side just as well.
It’s not surprising that Alan Pardew has been delighted at the form of the 27 year-old Liverpudlian, and the manager had this to say today:
“It’s not his natural side.” “If you set your team up and you had the best right-back and the best left-back.”
“And the other team had the best right-winger and best left-winger you would cancel each other out. That would make sense.”
“Actually having a right-footer there gives us something a little bit different. Maybe that helps us.”
“I probably think it has done us good. So far Ryan has done very well for us.”
Ryan has so far played 9 times for Newcastle this season, only missing the Nottingham Forest game in the Carling Cup, and that’s one more than he played all of the last year.
And it’s interesting that Alan says it could be an advantage to have a right footed player in at right back, because Davide Santon is principally right footed.
We think Alan Pardew will be reluctant to drop Ryan as long as he puts in solid performances, because he’s almost a secret weapon for Newcastle, with those tremendous free kicks of his, which is one reason Newcastle signed him in the first place 33 months ago.
Ryan had scored with three free kicks for Wigan against Newcastle, and Newcastle’s thinking at the time was something like – if you cannot beat them have them join you – or something like that. 😀
We have a feeling that Davide Santon may get a start on Saturday against Wigan, but we think Danny Simpson may be the one to give way.
What do you think?
Comments always welcome.