Ryan Taylor has been one of the unluckiest players in football over the last almost two years, when he suffered a severe ACL knee injury against Atromitos in August of 2012, and then last April when he was almost ready to return to playing again, he picked up another ACL injury in training.
Ryan Taylor – on August 20th, 2011
After scoring sensational winner against Sunderland
That’s so unlucky, but fingers crossed – Ryan will be fit and ready to go in early July - when pre-season will start.
The 29-year-old has been working with the Newcastle U21 side, where he is able to pass on his experience and expertise to the youngsters.
Certainly Peter Beardsley is thankful of having Ryan’s help, and Peter had this to say on nufcTV:
“Ryan has taken a real interest in the reserves, and obviously he is injured at the moment.” “I would think you would probably see him more and more.”
“He loves it. He’s a big help to us because he plays the game, and he can give the kids his knowledge.” “He has got a brilliant attitude, as we all know, so it’s a pleasure for us to have him with us.”
Ryan was signed in January of 2010 from Wigan during our promotion season, in an exchange deal involving Charles N’Zogbia, who went the other way and Newcastle also got £6M in cash in addition to Ryan.
Ryan is a very popular player on Tyneside and he’s played 91 times so far for Newcastle with 10 goals, and some of those have been great – especially from free kicks.
The most famous of those was the winner at the Stadium of Light in August 2011 against Sunderland, when he scored in the second half, direct from a free kick.
We hope Ryan can get back in the side for next season, and we need his free kicks – with Yohan Cabaye having left the club.
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