We’ve been so impressed with the way Ryan Taylor has settled in at left back, especially after the shaky game he had at QPR early in the season.
Ryan Taylor – new Newcastle left-back
And Ryan is keeping up the good form, and the 27 year-old had another outstanding game at Stoke City on Monday night, when the lads came out 3-1 winners.
Alan Pardew today is even hinting that Ryan could make the left back position his own this season, if he keeps producing the strong displays we’ve seen from him so far in the season.
And today Alan Pardew has said that he doesn’t think a certain Jose Enrique could do any better than Ryan has done at left back this season for the Newcastle first team.
This is what Newcastle manger told the local press today:
“I’ve got to be honest, I don’t think Jose could have done much better than Ryan, if I’m honest.” “We know Jose’s a world-class player, so fair play to Ryan.”
“His performances have given them confidence.” “That goal at Sunderland does that sort of thing for you.” “When you have been out of the team for a long, long time.”
“Something like that can propel you.” “It has propelled his confidence to the level he’s keeping out a £5million player.”
“That takes some doing, Santon was brought in to play left-back and Ryan hasn’t gave him a chance.” “That’s how football should be.”
“Sometimes a change of position just boosts a player’s career, and Ryan Giggs moved from a wide player to central midfield, and perhaps became a better player.”
“Who knows? Ryan could establish that position.”
It’s hard lines on young Davide Santon, but Alan Pardew is right and it’s now up to Davide to force himself into the Newcastle first team in one of the two full back spots.
The Italian International can do that by keeping his head down in training, and then doing well when he does get his chance again in the Newcastle first team.
Pardew talked about the young Italian Under-21 captain who has been capped 7 times by Italy, and cost Newcastle £5.3M from Inter-Milan in the summer:
“Davide Santon’s a fantastic player.” “He threatens both full-backs – he keeps both on their toes.”
“I think Danny Simpson had his best game for the club on Monday night, so the competition’s working.”
“Davide’s a terrific lad. He’s played no Premier League games, though he’s come on as a sub a couple of times.”
“This is good for him. He’s never seen a game like Stoke, so this is all good experience for him.”
Competition for places is what makes a team a good one, because players starting the game know they have to produce their best if they are to stay in the side.
And competition for places has worked extremely well for Newcastle this season, as the lads keep turning in some excellent team performances, like at Stoke City last Monday night.
And we’re hoping to see another good display tomorrow, where it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Newcastle can get all 3 points against Everton.
Wouldn’t that be something?