We thought Ryan Taylor was exposed in the first half on Saturday against Chelsea.
Ryan Taylor – played well this season
While Ryan Taylor has played very well this season in an unaccustomed position of left back, he has been exposed a few times this season when the player he is up against is a fast and skillful right winger.
On Saturday it was Daniel Sturridge who caused the Newcastle defense havoc in the first half, as it was obvious Chelsea were sending all their attacks down their right wing, and Ryan found the 21 year-old difficult to handle.
It was pointed out yesterday that Ryan was even more exposed on Saturday, because he didn’t have Jonas Gutierrez on the left wing with him, and Jonas isn’t only a tireless worker but he comes back to defend a lot.
That’s something Peter Lovenkrands wasn’t doing much of in that first half, and the good news is that Gutierrez has served his one match ban for being sent off at Old Trafford, and should return to the starting line-up on Saturday..
Ryan has been an ever present in the side at left-back in all league games this season, and while he’s done excellently well overall, we wonder how long he can stay first choice with Davide Santon surely starting to come through.
Davide is a full Italian International and was brought in for £5M from Inter-Milan, and we thought he’d immediately be drafted into the side once he had settled down.
But that hasn’t happened, and we’re now in December, and with Newcastle doing so well in those first 11 games, it’s understandable that Pardew wanted to keep the same defense together.
But in the last three games the defense has been exposed a bit especially at Manchester City and against Chelsea on Saturday.
But that hasn’t stopped Ryan being pleased overall with his season so far:
“It’s been a fantastic season for me so far and hopefully, that can continue.”
“I was happy, and then I had a little blip against Manchester City. It’s been a fantastic season for me so far and hopefully, that can continue.”
“But I am just going to take one game as it comes and not look too far ahead of myself because I know there are players wanting to get into the position I am in and get into the team.”
“I can’t get too carried away, I can only go to the next game and at the moment, I am very happy.”
That little blip against Manchester City were the two mistakes he made just before half time, which in retrospect put the game out of reach for Newcastle.
Ryan handled the ball to give away a penalty on 41 minutes, and then was dispossessed by Micah Richards who rifled home to make it 2-0 just before half time.
Daniel Sturridge missed quite a few chances in that first half on Saturday, and it seems that if the opposing team has a fast and skillful winger they will play him down the right wing and try to expose Taylor.
But of course with Steven Taylor now out for the season and presumably Fabrico Coloccini missing at least the game at Norwich on Saturday afternoon, Alan Pardew will at least want to keep the two full backs in there for some stability and understanding at the back.
It’s all been rather quiet this week, with not much news coming out of the Newcastle training base at Benton , and we wonder who Alan is thinking of putting in at center-back on Saturday to partner James Perch?
If Alan moves Danny Simpson over, there will not be too much heading ability or height at the back in the center, which is why we think 6’2″ Hungarian Tamas Kadar should get his chance.
What do you think?