There’s no doubt that Ryan Taylor has been one of the surprise successes of the season.
David Santon – has done well since nailing down left-back position
Before this season started Ryan had played only 54 times with 6 goals in his two and a half years at the Tyneside club, since he joined in January of 2009 from Wigan, as a makeweight in Charles N’Zogbia going the other way for Ryan plus £6M.
When you consider how well Charles is doing now at Villa, and how well Ryan is doing at Newcastle, that was a terrific deal for the Newcastle club.
Ryan has played a massive 26 times with three great goals this season, and is now an important player for the Newcastle side, and credit to manager Alan Pardew for bringing the very best out of Ryan.
And Ryan should be back next Saturday when the lads have a chance to stop the doom and gloom from the Tottenham hammering, and put another 3 points up on the board.
And if we can do that we’ll have 45 points from our 26 games played, which would be great, and could even see us in 4th place in the league, which is simply amazing.
Robbie Elliot played for both Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson at Newcastle, and the local Gosforth-born player had two spells at Newcastle from 1991 through 1997, and then Bobby Robson brought him back to Newcastle in 2001 from Bolton Wanderers as a free agent.
Robbie stayed another five years before moving to Sunderland in 2006.
38 year-old Robbie has been singing the praises of Taylor, who can play in a number of positions for the side:
“Ryan Taylor’s having a great season.” “We all know what he can provide, his goals and delivery from set-plays are fantastic.”
“The manager’s very good and been very respectful in keeping Ryan in the side when he did well, which doesn’t always happen.”
“I think that’s something the players respond to.” “If you play well enough he’ll keep you in, which is a breath of fresh air as a player.”
“One of the worst things you can experience is when you know you’re doing well but someone comes in and takes your place when you’ve done nothing wrong.”
“That can upset the dressing room in itself.” “So I think that’s one of the reasons Alan Pardew is getting so much respect from the players.”
Taylor will probably fight it out for the right wing berth with Gabby Obertan and Ben Arfa through the final 13 league games of the season.
One reason Ryan has been so successful is that he can play in various positions, and with the experience and maturity he has acquired, he plays those positions very well.
And it appears that Davide Santon has now settled in quite well at left-back, and the 21 year-old Italian will be learning with every game.
Davide has done well in the last month or two, and Robbie should know something about left back, since that’s where he played in his career, and he had good words to say about the young Italian:
“He has come in and done a great job.” “Alan Pardew’s got players playing in proper positions, and that can only help Newcastle for the rest of the season.”
Davide Santon was our Man of the Match at Spurs with 21% of the vote, but in truth Newcastle were just terrible in that first half – but enough of that – my arm just start to hurt.
We expect Ryan to be out on the right wing for a while, and he can put those great crosses in for Ba and Cisse, and can be deadly from free kicks.
And those are some of the reasons we think Alan Pardew will have him in the first team through the end of the season.