For those regular readers of this blog they will know we are fans of Ryan Taylor.
Ryan Taylor – excellent utility player for Newcastle
Ever since the lad arrived three years ago as a makeweight in the transfer of Charles N’Zogbia to Wigan, Ryan has been more than a decent player, but the thing we have liked about him most of all is that he’s a top class professional.
About a year ago, we even thought he may want to leave Newcastle, because he wasn’t getting a lot of games, and here’s a lad who just wants to play football and earn his wages, and he hates just sitting on the bench.
But since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside just over a year ago, Ryan has played plenty of games, including 21 appearances this season alone, with three great goals.
He started off at left back this season in place of the departed Jose Enrique, but with young Davide Santon now ready to play in that position, Pardew put Ryan on the right wing for the tough game against Manchester United last Wednesday night.
And we though Ryan had a good game although Gabriel Obertan stared at Blackburn last Saturday, and now Ben Arfa could start there on Sunday against QPR.
In the Manchester United game Ryan brought a lot to that position in putting over some good crosses, he’s got a good throw-in and he tracked back like a Trojan.
Ryan was asked if this was his best season on Tyneside, and this is what he said:
“It is. To be honest I have never had a season like this in the Premier League.” “That’s because I’ve been dampened by injuries.”
“Whenever I got a run together, I got a serious injury.” “It’s not one where I have been out for two or three weeks, it’s been like five months or more.”
“I have been due a run of games where I have been injury free.” “I put it down to hard work and the gaffer believing in me.”
“I have played in completely different positions in recent games, but I enjoy being back on the right-hand side.” “It has just been a great season for me so far.”
“I will play anywhere for this club, I don’t mind. I played the first part of the season at left-back, if I played the second part right wing it would be fine.”
Newcastle have done well this season so far, and after a six game streak without a win we have now won three of our last four games including the historic win last Wednesday night when we trounced Manchester United 3-0.
Newcastle also beat Blackburn last Saturday 2-1 to set up a fourth-round away FA Cup tie at either Wrexham or Brighton later this month.
And if reports in the papers are to be believed, Newcastle are busy doing a lot of transfer business at the moment, most of which will probably come to fruition in the summer.
Newcastle are likely to bring in another five or six top players this summer to further bolster the Newcastle squad.
Ryan Taylor is still looking at this season, as he continued:
“If we can stay in the top 10 then great.” “The earlier we get to 40 points the better.” “If we do that sooner then we will do well this season.”
“I don’t see why we can’t kick on from this point.” “We didn’t really need a break from the league.” “But it was great against Man United. Things just clicked.”
“We had one or two scares, but we kept the champions quiet.” “We just want to carry that on in the next few games.”
We will probably see Ryan out on the right wing more in the second part of the season, but one thing is for sure, if he doesn’t start games he will be brought on as a substitute.
That’s what happened last Saturday against Blackburn when he helped to tilt the game Newcastle’s way, along with Ben Arfa being out on the right wing and scoring that unbelievable goal to put Newcastle level, before Gutierrez scored a nice winner with almost the last kick of the game.
Now to beat QPR on Sunday afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!