Ryan Taylor has certainly done his share of the interview duties this week, and he’s been interviewed once again on the Newcastle web-site.
Ryan Taylor – taking one of those free kicks
Ryan has had a great season, and he has 26 appearances for Newcastle with two great goals this season, and since he joined just over three years ago from Wigan Athletic, he’s played 80 times with 9 great goals for Newcastle.
Given Ryan only played 8 times last season – but still scored 2 goals – he’s pleased to play some games again after being out for quite a while last season with an ankle injury.
And Ryan even thinks things have calmed down at the club, after all the messy stuff that went on in September of 2008, when Kevin Keegan left the club and Newcastle did most things wrong, and it all ended up that we were finally relegated to the Championship.
One of the real low points of Newcastle United was in the summer of 2009 – it was a very painful period for Newcastle fans.
This is what Ryan had to say today:
“I think I’m in the top five for longest-serving players here, which is ridiculous! That’s how much things have changed,” “Managers have come and gone, but it’s nice now.”
“Things have settled down a lot more on and off the pitch, the Club is a lot more stable now, and the team we have got it fantastic. I’m just made up to be a part of it.”
“When we went down the main thing was just to get back up, and then after that we wanted to just establish ourselves back in the Premier League.”
“We had a great squad in that Championship season and a lot of big players who got us back up. A few have obviously moved on, but the team has gone from strength to strength.”
“We are talking about Europe now, but two years ago it wasn’t on the radar. Maybe on a five or ten-year plan it was, but these things happen and thankfully it is happening for us now.”
“It’s been a great season for me this year. I think I’ve started something like 24 games and chipped in with a few goals and assists too,” “Other than my recent one, it’s just been nice to stay injury-free and playing regularly.”
“It’s what I’ve needed for a long time. In the past I’ve had some bad injuries, which have stopped me from playing and were not really my own fault.”
“But it has been a dream season for me and the team so far and long may it continue.”
It’s a good question as to which position is Ryan’s best position, since he started the season at left back, but now he’s being used on the opposite side of the field out on the right wing – how’s that for versatility.
We expect Ryan to be on the right wing a week tomorrow against Wolves, when Newcastle will hope they are able to get back on track with a win at home, after the disaster that happened at White Hart Lane last Saturday.