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.