It’s one of the surprises of the season that Ryan Taylor has become such an important player for Newcastle.
Ryan Taylor – important player for Newcastle these days
Ryan started the season at left back and his solid performances at the start of the season kept out Davide Santon.
That was until Davide could get used to the pace and physical nature of the English game.
But Davide has now come in at left back, but it seems that Ryan Taylor will still have a part to play for Newcastle, and will be used out on the right wing a lot through the final 13 games of the season.
Of course there’s quite a number of players fighting for that right wing spot, including Ben Arfa, Gabby Obertan and young Sammy Ameobi when he’s fit again, but Ryan provides a lot when he’s on the field for the Magpies.
Ryan seems fit again from the ankle injury he picked up after a rather vicious-looking tackle from Villa’s Stephen Warnock, and this is what Ryan had to say about that injury today:
“I’m just grateful it wasn’t a bad one and I’ll hopefully be fit to face Wolves,”
“It’s great news for me as soon as I had the X-ray because I’ve had problems with that leg before. Warnock caught me right on the exact same spot.”
“It sort of ballooned up a little bit but I’m made up that it’s nothing too serious and I can be back for the next game.”
“It’s the leg I broke when I was at Wigan and I’ve had a few ops on it in the past. It just shows it comes back stronger. I’m thankful it was nothing too serious.”
And of course Ryan Taylor became part of Geordie folklore with his magnificent free-kick at Sunderland in August, which got Newcastle all 3 points at the Stadium of Light, after we had taken a little bit of a battering in that first half.
And we may need another one of those specials on March 4th, when we entertain the old enemy at St. James’ Park in a must-win game.
That’s once reason Alan Pardew wants to have Ryan in the side if at all possible, because he’s a good crosser of the ball, he’s a threat from free-kicks, he gets back to help out the defense, he’s got a good long throw-in, and he’s an experienced mature player too.
Ryan talked about that goal against Sunderland:
“No matter where I go I get reminded of it,” “To be doing an interview and hear them on the other side of the pitch still singing, it is nice and hopefully it’ll live long in the memory.”
“I’m going to be dreaming the night before of a double against Sunderland. Who knows? I’d love it, though.”
We’ve always liked Ryan since he joined the club just over three years ago from Wigan, and if he keeps up his good form he’ll get an extension to his four-and-a-half year contract, which runs out in eighteen months time.
And here’s that great goal against Sunderland – just to savor one more time. 😀