We’ve always liked Ryan Taylor, ever since he arrived on Tyneside.
Ryan Taylor – after scoring great goal at Sunderland
And the one thing we’ve liked about the Liverpudlian is that he’s just a first rate professional, who trains hard every day, and the only doubt we had before this season, is whether he would want to stay at Newcastle, where he wasn’t getting too many games.
Ryan wants to play, and before this Newcastle, he had appeared only 54 times with 6 goals after being on Tyneside for 30 months, since joining from today opposition, Wigan Athletic.
But this season he has played 9 times at left back and scored two great great goals from free kicks at Sunderland and Scunthorpe, amd those were two games Newcastle went on to win.
Ryan has talked to the local press today:
“I have a big future here.” “You are at your happiest when you are playing and I am no different to any other player.”
“I am enjoying this season as much as any season I have ever played.” “I am playing and enjoying it.”
“I am playing in what was an unfamiliar position to start with.” “I have become used to that position.”
“As each game comes along I am learning more and as the games go along you grow in confidence.”
“I am getting there with the whole left-sided part of it.” “Hopefully, I can keep my form the way it is going, the defense stays tight and I keep playing for a while yet.”
“You think that way, you think things are not going the way you want them to go.” “There are a lot of players who are in my old shoes right now.
“There a few players knocking on the gaffer’s door saying ‘I want to play’. “It is tough when a team are doing well and I am fortunate to be playing as part of that team.”
“In the past when things have not gone well I have tried to get my career back on track by speaking with managers.” “I have never been in and been told ‘yes you can go.’”
“I have always been shown the door and told ‘no’ or been refused the chance to go out on loan or leave.” “Now, though, I know I have a future here.”
We’ve also noticed recently that when Ryan moves up the left wing, he tries to play the ball with his left foot, as if to try to get used to the position.
And it’s interesting that when Davide Santon is looking at starting for Newcastle, there are a number of us suggesting he could come in for Danny Simpson and not Ryan, which says something of Taylor’s current form.
Ryan Taylor has always had a great right foot, as we see with those free kicks of his, and he has 8 goals so far for Newcastle.
In his overall career at Tranmere Rovers, Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United, Taylor has made 248 appearances with an impressive 34 goals.
And toay Alan Pardew has talked about Ryan, and how he is a good advertisement for fringe players at Newcastle:
“He is a great advertisement for a player who was not in the first-choice XI getting in there and staying there. For all our young players here, it is great news for them.”
Ryan’s four and a half year deal on Tyneside runs out in the summer of 2013, and there’s a decent chance he will get an extension to that deal, especially if he can keep his first team starting position this season.
What do you think?