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European Qualification Would Be Great Achievement

9:47 am, Saturday, April 14th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Ryan Taylor has had a great season this time around and he has appeared 30 times for Newcastle with three great goals.

Ryan Taylor – after scoring goal against Everton in November

And Ryan has done so well under inspirational manager Alan Pardew that he signed a two year extension to his contract,  and will be at St. James Park now until the summer of 2015.

Such is the competition for places at Newcastle at he moment that Ryan has been on the bench since he returned from injury a couple of games ago.

But he has still been brought on in the last couple of games, and of course he can play on either wing, in either full back position, and also in central midfield.

Ryan has spoken to the  press today, and thinks Newcastle have proved they are now a very good team:

“I hope we are being taken seriously, because if you look at the squad we have, it’s a squad that is no pushover any more.”

“We have got internationals all over the pitch and if anyone thinks they are going to play against Newcastle and expect an easy game, then think again.”

“It’s nice to know that teams are starting to fear us, especially at home, because we have picked up a lot of points.”

“We have only lost two at home this season, so it’s going well and it would top it all off if we could get into Europe. That would be some achievement in one season.”

Newcastle are in prime position to qualify for European competition next season,  and the longer we can keep our winning streak going,  the better chance we’ll have of doing that.

Next up is Stoke City a week today at St. James’ Park,  and other good news is that we are getting players like Leon Best, Cheick Tiote and Danny Guthrie all back from injury.

And Newcastle captain  Fabricio Coloccini returned from injury for the Bolton game, and he was again in great form at the back,  after recovering from his grade one hamstring injury.

Ryan thinks the Newcastle captain has been great for the Magpies:

“Colo has been top drawer this season. That’s what you need from your captain. He has led by example all season.”

It’s good to get the injured players like Ryan back in the fray, and that will mean Newcastle can field a strong squad of 18,  in their last five games of this season.

It’s been a terrific season and a surprising one for Newcastle fans.

But we’re ready to be surprised even more,  by Newcastle qualifying for the European Champions league – and that would be simply  awesome.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Injuries · Newcastle News · Ryan Taylor



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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    no doubt

  • 2 Pardew's fist pump // Apr 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Can anyone deficient in sense of humour, kindly bog off?

    Jail

    I think some on here lack the IQ to understand self-parody, I find your ‘to good for Ashley’ posts amusing, keep ‘em coming! :P

    On topic, I think Best could challenge Ba for that LW spot, should he get up to speed quickly. He scored that great goal, where he chopped it across the defender and calmly slotted against QPR(?), from there. Looked at least as effective as Ba in that position, think he has more aggression and likes the physical side more too, which can be an advantage against some lightly built FBs.

    If nothing else, his determination to get back in, will put the onus on Ba to step his game up.

  • 3 Toonboy_84 // Apr 14, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    @2

    Agreed on the first bit. JFA’s posts are funny as. Some people just love to complain.

  • 4 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 14, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    @ pardews fist pump aye JFAs posts are funny maybe some ppl havent been on here enought to know about them
    Also think best will prob end up coming on for ba on the left in the remaining games he always looks to get out wide and has got a half decent cross on him

    Indian i wont keep my mouth shut, why should i? Its an opinion based blog and my opinion is your post are 99% BS as most ppl on here also seem to think of you, You never seem to be able to retract a statement about any player or our manager actually when your constantly wrong with your critism of them

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Apr 14, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Pardew says part of him doesn’t want europe so he can attack next season, but surely attacking next season would be to try and get us to where we are now.

    Sometimes tomorrow never comes and you have to go for it now. Not getting europe now would be a massive anti climax and highest place finish possible surely always has to be the aim and ambition no matter what.

  • 6 Rotonda heights // Apr 14, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Jail’s ashley titles are amusing but to be fair I walked past ashley the other day and barely recognised him he’s lost so much weight.

    I don’t think there ie really a spot for best on the bench now as shola has that nailed down as an impact sub.

  • 7 Indian Magpie // Apr 14, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    so are your posts, TADS, if is an opinion based blog, well then i have mine and please no matter how bad i player is not calling them such just bcoz they are NUFC players is pathetic.

  • 8 toonincheek // Apr 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    P-f-p :
    I was getting fed up with JfA’s posts a few weeks ago, but as you point out, their style has changed.
    I’m OK with them now – a long-running p*ss-take where JfA realises the direction of the wind has changed.
    Now he’s getting his own back!

    Don’t rate Best as much as you seem to, though.

  • 9 toonincheek // Apr 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Indian,

    My opinion is that your posts are even more pathetic than J-f-A’s were some time ago.
    At least J-f-A was always amusing, if a bit repetitive.
    Yours are just boring and negative.

    J-f-A has taken comments from others on board – any chance that you will?




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