It was great to see Ryan Taylor back again in a Newcastle strip, as he played for a Newcastle United team in a behind-closed-doors friendly game against Carlisle United yesterday afternoon.
Ryan Taylor at Benton yesterday afternoon
The lads won 8-0 with Ayoze Perez scoring four goals, but the most important thing was it was Ryan’s first game back after two serious ACL knee injuries he has suffered in the last two years.
And by all accounts Ryan played very well, as some of our fringe players made a claim to be in the first team match-day squad.
Ferreyra, Mehdi Abeid (2) and Haris Vuckic scored the other goals for Newcastle.
17 year-old forward Alex Gilliead from Shotley Bridge had a particularly good game, and Alex seems to be coming through the ranks quickly, one to watch for the future.
Alex has already played for the England U16. U17 and U18 sides, and another local lad from County Durham.
Newcastle will go very carefully with Ryan Taylor, as his knee broke down 17 months ago, when he was attempting his first comeback.
But make no mistake, it was a successful run-out for the 30 year-old yesterday.
This is what Ryan has tweeted from his Twitter account”
“Absolutely delighted to have just played my first 45 mins today. Thankyou to everyone @NUFC for everything they have done for me to get back”
Here’s Ryan’s Twitter account if you want to see him a message of encouragement.
He’s played 91 times for Newcastle with 10 goals and we hope to see him add to that this season.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot (Paul Woolston 46); Ryan Taylor (Jamie Sterry 46), Remie Streete, Lubo Satka, Shane Ferguson; Gael Bigirimana (Olivier Kemen 70), Mehdi Abeid (Daniel Barlaser 79); Alex Gilliead, Ayoze Perez (Adam Armstrong 60), Haris Vuckic; Facundo Ferreyra (Callum Roberts 46)
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