Ryan Taylor has given an interview in the Newcastle journal today, and of course the Liverpudlian became a cult hero to Newcastle fans, when he scored that winning goal direct from a free-kick at Sunderland, back in August of 2011. Certainly those are happier memories than the complete disaster that happened on Sunday.
Ryan Taylor – in happier times at Newcastle
Unfortunately Ryan is still not back from the ACL injury he picked up last August, in the home game against Atromitos, and we’d be very surprised if he plays any part in the last five games.
Ryan has opened up today, about how hard it was watching Newcastle, when we lost 10 games in 13 in the league, and we’re not much better off at the moment, after the shocking loss to Sunderland.
This is what Ryan said:
“I knew what this club was all about when I walked through the door,” “But being in amongst the fans, you realise how much passion there is.” “To play for a club like this, it means the world to every player, but the fans look at it a lot differently.”
“It is their club. I have seen a different side to how players and fans relate to the club.” “When we were going through that winless period at Christmas, it was doing my head in as much watching as it was the players who were trying to win games.”
“They are my mates playing and trying to win. We were trying to win and not winning. It was a difficult period.” “Even though I was not part of the XI or on the bench, it was still affecting me because we were not winning games.”
“I was trying to help in any way I could in trying to give positive vibes around the place. It was a tough time.” “Through my career, I have enjoyed playing many games of football, but I have hated missing out on games.”
“This injury has been like any other, I have hated every minute of it. I have hated not being with the boys and not playing too.” “The season hadn’t really started when the injury occurred.”
“We were just two games into the Premier League, we had qualified for Europe and then reality sets in, that you are going to miss the season. It was a right kick in the nuts. It was a hard one to take.”
“But it could have been worse. At least I’m back now so I know I am going to be ready for next season. “Had I done it now or around Christmas, I might have been looking at next Christmas before I could play first-team football again.”
We hope to see Ryan back fit and ready in pre-season, and hopefully Newcastle will still be in the Premier League, and will have brought some good players into the club by early July..
It will be a big opportunity for Newcastle to do some housekeeping on the squad in the summer, and we’ll see a number of fringe players leave the club – for sure.
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