We’ve always liked Ryan Taylor, ever since he joined Newcastle in a makeweight deal when Charles N’Zogbia was signed by Wigan for £6M plus Ryan Taylor in January of 2009.
Ryan Taylor – great example to other professionals
And in his first two and a half seasons at Newcastle through last summer, the former Tranmere Rovers player had played only 54 times with 6 goals for the Tyneside club, and often talked about wanting to play more games.
We even thought he could want to leave Newcastle, because he’s one of those honest lads who just wants to play football, and is not content to just sit on the bench every week.
But fast forward to this season and Ryan seems to have rather surprisingly nailed down that left back spot, and he turned in another very strong and brave performance at Stoke in mid-week.
We watched Ryan closely during that game, and he put in a solid performance, even though he was continually roughed up by the Stoke players in the Newcastle penalty area, but he kept getting up for more.
Ryan has 11 appearances this season for Newcastle with two great goals at Sunderland and Scunthorpe United.
Ryan epitomizes the top class professional in football, and his story is a great example for good players currently on the sidelines at Newcastle.
Keep your head down and work hard, and you never know what may happen.
His contract runs out a year come next June, but if he keeps up his excellent play in the Newcastle first team this season, he is very likely to be offered an extension to stay at Newcastle past the summer of 2013.
The 27 year-old has today talked to the local Newcastle press:
“Now we have given ourselves a platform to build on.” “Come the Manchester games, there is no pressure on us whatsoever.”
“It’s not like we are down there fighting for points.” “We have given ourselves a little cushion for the Manchester games because we knew they were coming up.”
“The games come quick and fast.” “We’re sitting pretty in the league and on a nice number of points. We’re not fighting for those points in a relegation sense, and there is no pressure on us.”
“We can set ourselves up for the big three.” “The home game against Everton is one we would like to win.” “We didn’t want to go to Stoke and lose.”
“I need no motivation for Everton.” “I was a Red when I spent my days in Liverpool, there’s no motivation needed – I don’t want to see Everton get any points! Especially off us.”
And indeed if Newcastle can win on Saturday in the early kick off game, they will go 2 points above Manchester United and into second position in the Premier League, at least until the Red Devils beat Sunderland at Old Trafford later on Saturday.
You talk about flying high, but now Newcastle must continue their good form throughout this season, and who knows where we’ll end up next May?
We could even surprise ourselves big time.
We hope we will surprise ourselves big time. 😀