Will Ryan Taylor Continue At Left Back?


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.



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21 comments so far

  • listie

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ll be honest I have nothing but respect for RT, playing out of position, and only in the squad due to Jose being sold, yes he still makes me nervous, but he is a lot better than he was at the start of the season, so at the moment he deserves to be in the team, it’s Simpson that annoys me at the moment

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  • The-Ciaran8

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Team with new signings.

    Krul

    Santon Taylor Coloccini Pieters

    Magia Tiote Cabaye Guttierez

    Ben arfa

    Ba

    SUBS: Elliot, Ryan Taylor, Williamson, Gosling, Obertan, Best, Shola.

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  • listie

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #3

    @ 2 You forgot sylvain marveaux

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  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    My team with new signings..
    Krul
    Alves Pique Cissokho

    Messi Iniesta Fabregas Scheinstaiger Ronaldo

    Shola Ameobi

    Not the best team by any means, but we might be able to scrape a 1-0 win against Norwich.. What do you think?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Simpson leaving? Good lad, integral to the spirit of the team, but almost certainly our weakest 1st team player. Would be missed though.

    “There is a chance in the future that I will be moving, whether in the transfer window in January or in the summer.

    “I have 18 months’ life on my contract and I don’t think it will go past that.”

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2011/10/19/danny-simpson-in-driving-ban-despite-baby-plea-72703-29621783/

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #6

    I can only assume “life” means “left”

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  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Hmm santon looked very good technically ad you would expect…i think its more likely simpson will be dropped for santon more than raylor. His deliveries.from free kicks were once again spot on and defends at the far post much much better than simpson.

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  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #9

    This news of a 10M bid has got me thinking too.

    Never long before these apparently ‘Top 4’ Vultures start to circle when they see (in their eyes) a lesser quality club doing so well, when they are not doing as well as planned!

    Here’s hoping that Cashly DOES NOT sell anyone in January and brings in a couple of gifted, quality bargains, as he has been doing.

    Saying that the team seems happy and are well placed just now, so fingers crossed we don’t get anymore STUPID 35M offers for anyone – namely Tiote, HBA, Cabaye, Ba, Collo & Krul.

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  • The-Ciaran8

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Team with new signings.

    Krul

    Santon Taylor Coloccini Pieters

    Magia Tiote Cabaye Guttierez

    Ben arfa

    Ba

    SUBS: Elliot, Ryan Taylor, Williamson, Gosling, Obertan, Marveaux, Best.

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  • VanCanToonFan

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Interesting stat: in his career Ryan Taylor has scored more goals against Newcastle United than any other club — 4 from his Bolton days.

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  • magicmac

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12

    I honestly think that santon will start the game on saturday, but at the expence od danny simpson, and i think this will be the only change from the team that started against tottenham. Why do my fellow Newcastle fans keep putting up teams with new signings, lets get real lads, january is a long way of yet, so please stop putting up silly nonsense about new signings at this stage of the season. Ha way the lads.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #13

    And those simpson quotes…..it seemed he was just trying to use any angle possible not.to get a driving ban.

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  • VanCanToonFan

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #14

    And by Bolton, I mean Wigan of course 😛

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  • cheikmate

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #15

    best team following (hopeful) new signings:
    __________Krul___________
    Santon__Saylor_Colo__Peiters
    Hoilett__Cabaye_Tiote__Jonas
    ________Ben Arfa_______
    __________Cisse________

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Raylor and Simpson are both average. Both have improved but Simpson’s progress has stalled. I don’t really think Simmo will improve much more either tbh. Both have put a shift in but I would drop Simmo for Santon.

    Where to put Santon is a bit tricky. We could move him to LB and Raylor to RB as we have less cover on the left.

    Or we could leave Raylor continue the good work on the left were he is now more comfortable and place Santon on the right without making wholesome changes.

    Either way Santon needs to play and soon we’ll see more of Marveaux and Ben Arfa.

    I still can’t believe we’re STILL 4th!! 🙂

    HTL

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  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Cheikmate, you left out Messi and Ronaldo!

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    Oct 19, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Football is all about opinions and that’s why we love it!
    My opinion is Ryan Taylor is not a Newcastle player. He is not comfortable on the ball and has no pace.

    I do however believe Pardew will make a player of Shola yet!

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  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Lol @4

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  • beefman13

    Oct 19, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #20

    if you gave me the choice of ryan taylor or danny simpson, raylor all day for me dont get me wrong if we managed to sign eric peters and had and had santon right back and pieters left back i would be ecstatic but against wigan i would defo play raylor against his old team and i would fancy him to score as well, i think simpson may be off in jan cos as he was in with the barton nolan enrique and carroll squad and very pally with that bunch and rumours going around he has already rejected new contract talks!!!!

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  • shielsy_83

    Oct 20, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #21

    Ryan Taylor has done a mint job out at LB and I am a big believer in the saying if aint broke don’t fix it so unless summit gans wrong keep him there and at the moment the only thing i would change would be best he’s went on a bit of a goal drought for a couple games so ad throw in HBA in just to ad a bit of flair and pace as a withdrawn striker.

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