Ryan Taylor Will Not Start Tomorrow – But …

Ryan Taylor ran the show last night for the  Magpies, and he scored another terrific goal direct from a free kick just before half time, and he was also solid at left back, and the former Wigan man is certainly pushing Davide Santon for that starting left-back position, which Ryan held for the first part of last season.

Ryan Taylor being congratulated after scoring great goal

Along with James Perch, Ryan has improved dramatically over the last year, and deserved the contract extension he was handed by the gaffer earlier this year.

Ryan had a very good game last night and was our Man of the Match with 35% of the vote, with 18 year-old Gael Bifirimana second on 22% with another impressive performance in defensive midfield, and the impressive Vurnon Anita in third place with 20% of the vote, playing in the attacking central midfield position.

It’s good that Ryan is giving Alan Pardew selection problems, and the boss seemed pleased with the overall performance last night, and said the obvious about Ryan pushing for a first team starting spot:

“I genuinely think Ryan is pushing for a place.” “He has good players in front of him, but we will see.”

“He came off at Cardiff but I could have taken anybody off.”  “He did not look comfortable in midifield in Wales, but here he was in his right position.”

“He was outstanding. He hit a goal you knew was going in as soon as he stepped up.”  “I  am satisfied, yes. I thought we were excellent tonight.”

“Our pre-season prep, you could argue, served us well because they let us have possession for long periods of the game.”  “We moved the ball and made them work hard and took the sting out of the game a bit.”

“In the second period I was a little bit disappointed we did not get the win.” I thought there were good opportunities, but overall, I was very, very pleased with the performance.”

“Yes, it was a big test for the youngsters.” “The opposition have good players and caused problems.”  “The younger players struggled to adjust at first, but overall when I look back on the team I have to say everybody gave their maximum.

“I was very pleased with the performances of everybody.”

Ryan will not start tomorrow at Stamford Bridge, simply because he played the full game last night,  but his performance last night puts pressure on young Davide Santon to perform tomorrow, otherwise Ryan could be starting at left back a week on Sunday, when the lads take on Aston Villa, in a game we can win.

And that’s exactly what Alan Pardew and the coaches want to see this season, more competition for places, and Ryan gives so much to the team in terms of free kicks, corners and even long throw-ins, that he must have a decent claim to a starting spot in the side.

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