Robbie Elliott Impressed With Both Ryan Taylor And Santon

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.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Spuggy

    Feb 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    What is a club in any case?

    Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.

    It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes.

    It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city.

    It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.”

    Sir Bobby Robson

  • IITianToon

    Feb 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    By the same logic Danny Guthrie will feel injustice if he gets dropped next game.. he himself said that he expects to be picked on form..and then I can’t see him signing a new contract..

  • kingkev9

    Feb 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Guthrie is a good player but that’s it, not great, not a top 6 player. Tiote and Cabeye are top 6 players.

    As for Santon if Simpson was defending as bad as Santon people would be going mad. He is a left back who can’t even kick a ball with his left foot, he turns inside even when in his own box, he MUST play right back next season and he MUST remember he is a defender as he is getting caught too far forward too often

  • thepict

    Feb 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Danny Guthrie has played well since coming into the first team . Players should get their place in the team by the way they are performing and not by reputation.

  • kingkev9

    Feb 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #5

    So Guthrie is better than Tiote and Cabeye? He has done well but has not played better than those two

  • toonincheek

    Feb 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Guthrie has done very well filling in for Cabaye, Spurs game apart (as with the rest of the team).

    That has led to a few people (including myself) thinking of a playing Guthrie in a 3-man midfield with Cabaye and Tiote.

    On reflection, I don’t think that would work – not yet, anyway. Plus, we only really have Abeid as reserve for a 3-man midfield.

    I reckon Guthrie will get enough games, even with Cabaye as first choice, to satisfy him as I’d like him to stay.

    For next Saturday – difficult choice between Guthrie and Cabaye, but I wouldn’t play both of them.

  • shearermania

    Feb 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #7


    so true…i was looking forward to seet this left back who could use both his feet equally as good but im sooo dissapointed…santons has a left leg to prevent him from falling, thats it…
    i find him soo predictable….he cant tie jose’ shoelaces thats for sure…..shift him to the right and hopefully its a different story

  • t00ntime

    Feb 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #8

    @kk9 you might need to relook your facts as santon himself said he has learned how to tackle with his left foot, and feels he is better tackler with his left then right…

    also if it was picked on form obertan would never of got a game after his frist 3, raylor wud be LB with santon RB and ben arfa wud be RW

    it isnt picked on form its picked on pardew’s vision, he tries to pick the players he thinks play best in each postion. santon is better LB then raylor, and according to pardew raylor is better then ben arfa. But I dont understand that… we ask why is raylor chosen over benny, answer his defensive attributes.
    why is jonas on the field… his workrate to get back and defend… so wait… we play a 4-4-2 with 4 defenders 2 defensive wingers and 1 CDM

    how do we get the ball to cisse and ba when only attacking player is cabaye -_- and even he isnt that attacking, we need a quick/skillful winger who can cross pass and score… wait a sec we have ben arfa… O no he tries to dribble to much -_-

  • shearermania

    Feb 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #9

    king kev that was

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #10


    I still think it is still definitely worth trying the three man mid of Tiote, Cabaye and Guthrie. Cabaye and Guthrie are similar but different enough both with high work rates. Guthrie does tend to play slightly wider. Both have good shot on them. Both have good link play. Front three Ba Cisse HBA – again in a 4-3-3 the front guys have to be able to play wider and Ba and HBA can do that.

    The point on backup is right but we have plenty of bench cover if anyone gets injured.

  • Spuggy

    Feb 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Anyone going to put the trivia of players and positions aside and take a moment to tip their hat to the great Sir Bobby Robson as it is his birthday.

    Hence my post @ no 1. One of his best quotes IMO.

    RIP Bobby.

  • Spuggy

    Feb 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #12

    And incidentally that quote is so appropriate to the current position of the club.

  • nufcursed

    Feb 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #13

    i dont believe you guys! santon is a wonderful player!!!
    you wont find many as attacking full backs around like him!sure he got caught out a few times this season, but who hasn’t?
    i’ve seen simpson,coloccini,williamson,raylor,etc… also made some terrible mistakes so i think your point doesn’t make any sense..

    what santon offers to the team is an extra player who can go forward, with terrific control of the ball, is not afraid to take on players..
    josé enrique wasn’t as good in his first seasons at newcastle as santon is now. plus santon will definetely improve as he’s only very young!

    also i think guthrie is as good as tioté and cabaye!
    off course tiote is better as defensive midfielder, but guthrie is better technical and has more patience on the ball. going forward and controlling the play, guthrie is a lot better than tiote!

    you guys have very strange opinions i find, plus give players at least a year before you start critizing them!
    the only newcastle player i really hate seeing on the pitch is shola and he’s been here too many years so he’s had his time to prove him but hasn’t done it. santon hasn’t had enough time yet!
    and still i think he’ll be a terrific player for newcastle and you all will change your negative opinion of him in the future!believe me..
    watch this space

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #14


    and highly relevant after the St James’ Park sign and renaming debacle

  • RobertLeeNo.7

    Feb 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Guthrie has stood out in an average midfield last few games granted he played some good games with Cabaye when tiote was injured but you just have to look at how we dominate games with tiote and cabaye in the centre to when we have guthrie in there its plain to see the difference in class, he’s a good squad player but he isn’t a starter for a top 6 team.

  • RobertLeeNo.7

    Feb 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Agree with Santon being a good player who will become great, he is young has a lot to learn and also he has to settle into premier league football just look at enrique as an example i think santon will be better once he works on his defensive game, think he should play right back too for crossing purposes.

  • Spuggy

    Feb 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #17

    MFH exactly spot on.

  • geoff777

    Feb 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #18

    I’d start Tiote and Guthrie.

    Cabaye has been poor recently and needs to know his place is guaranteeed and he needs to cut out the nasty fouls he commits.

  • TheMightyOne

    Feb 18, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #19

    for those of you who are slagging off Santon. STFU!
    have you guys even been to games and seen him play?
    he’s 21, in a foreign country and he’s playing on his SLIGHTLY weaker side. if you actually watch him his left foot crosses are decent.

  • deanparker1892

    Feb 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #20

    geoff777 are you being serious? cabeye has been our best player all season ge a grip

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 19, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #21

    Thus far, Santon looks overrated as a defender. Good player, big engibe a real athlete, but does not look all that comfortable against a natural winger. He’ll blossom over time, but i wouldnt be shouting about him yet. Incidentally, I expressed concerns about Obertan after all his initial games ( bar Forest ) and was told I was being unfair ?

  • Sav

    Feb 19, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #22

    You cannot judge Danny G. playing in a bad team effort alongside Perch and compare him with Cabaye playing alongside Tiote. DG and Cab are a lot closer in ability than some here seem to think.

  • Premiership Manager

    Feb 19, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #23

    I’m a fan of Cabaye however if you played him in midfield without Tiote he becomes reckless and can be liability as we have found out.

    Is he a better player than Guthrie if you look at the stats no. The only areas where Cabaye beats Guthrie is assists, goals scored and tackling, however you have to consider he has played twice as many games and plays in an attacking role whereas Guthrie has been a made to play as make weight defensive midfielder.

    If Guthrie was playing in his natural central/attacking midfield position we would see a different story with more goals and more assists.

    Both Santon and Raylor have improved and offer depth and adaptability to the team. I don’t expect Raylor to get much better however I think Santon will become one of the best players at the club.


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