Comeback Kid Has Eyes On First Team Starting Place


30 year-old Ryan Taylor scored two great goals at Stoke City last night, and he says that he is hoping he is getting closer to a starting place in the Newcastle side.

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Ryan Taylor in action at Manchester City

Here are the two goals – if you haven’t yet seen them and Ryan has been in excellent form since he returned from his two very serious ACL knee injuries which kept him on the sidelines for 26 months.

We don’t know of too many footballers who have come back after two ACL injuries.

Newcastle U21s won the game 2-1 last night – and yes – Ryan scored an own goal too – so he scored all three goals last night.

After the game Ryan made it clear he has eyes on a starting position at Newcastle:

“It’s another step. It’s crucial.” “I need to get more 90 minutes under my belt then look to push on and get on into the first team squads.”

“I have been playing for a long time now. These boys are 17 or 18, they’re just babies. If you’ve got somebody like me who can give them a little bit of experience and talk to them on the pitch I’m sure it will help me. They are a great bunch.”

“It can help them massively. It’s a great opportunity for them. They don’t get the opportunity to do it every week like we do.”

“The first one was a good goal, the second one not so good but then scored the third one just on half time, so it made up for that one.”

“I’ve never scored an own goal in my life, so I’m not too happy about that, but that’s life and that’s football. I’m pleased for the result.”

Ryan was simply magnificent when he made his comeback at Manchester City in the Capital One Cup.

And after Alan Pardew announced a very young and inexperienced Newcastle side for the game, Manuel Pellegrini went in the other direction and named a strong side with a lot of hos expensive stars in the starting line-up it looked like a mismatch.

But our lads were fantastic and out fought the famous stars, and we came away with a terrific 2-0 victory.

Ryan was our Man of the Match in that game and rightly got all the headlines after the game.

I certainly wouldn’t bet against him getting a starting position at Newcastle – very soon.

What do you think?

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16 comments so far

  • dazzler

    Nov 14, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Guti looks like he beat cancer by nailing the gym and kicking the shite out of it. To me he looks like a tank at the minute.

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  • Spellcheck

    Nov 14, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #2

    The players can only take a Huge positive from Gutierrez & Taylor’s attitude. Onwards & upwards for the Toon.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Nov 14, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Ryan Taylor is the only right winger replacement for Obertan but I still think that he needs to retire as quickly as possible.

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  • soundoid

    Nov 14, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #4

    The cross that Ryan whipped in for Perez at the end of the West Brom game was sublime. I’d use his experience in the QPR game. Going forward using him as a sub at the end of games to shore up a win or if were chasing a game a double sub with one of the younger quicker lads to create some chances for some free kicks. He also knows what derby games are all about and would be a starter for me. Great to see him back and he’s not lost an ounce of quality… He may even be slightly better!!

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  • lesh

    Nov 14, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Aye Spellcheck, the you guns could benefit from the experience of Jonas and Raylor, whether on or off the field.

    Jonas’d help them see life in perspective and Raylor could be another bossy Joey Barton type.

    Jonas continues to need support in recovery and I believe the Club have dealt with his situation admirably. Giving him a squad number was important to him and a thoughtful gesture by the Club. That gesture makes Newcastle United a big big club. I mention this about Jonas before the short-sighted idiots get on their perches!

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  • lesh

    Nov 14, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #6

    * Aye Spellcheck, the you guns
    = youguns

    Fckng Sports Direct phone!

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Nov 14, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Go toon

    I have to strongly disagree with Rtaylor on the right wing, he doesn’t have the pace 4 it, also for him to retire.
    Man of the match against the English champions, lead the youngsters in that game. He also showed he’s for to good for the under 21 side by hitting two goals, and it’s not like he was playing as a striker.

    He would be great in the right back or defensive mid position. He can defies get half a dozen assist from set pieces and maybe as many goals in a season. Sounds like a handy versatile player

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  • lesh

    Nov 14, 2014 at 6:49 PM

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 14, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Lads be realistic Raylor shouldn’t be starting for us at all, it’s great he has returned from the injuries he had but he isn’t good enough. Far too many on here are being sentimental

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Nov 14, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Our toon

    Rtaylor not a starter for us, just cover for when tioti and abeid go to African nations. Him and anita.

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  • soundoid

    Nov 14, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Would still start Ryan against Sunderland. We need our experienced players against them the last few meeting have been a disaster. I think in the long term he’ll be used to great effect as a sub in the two situations I’ve mentioned. Great passer of the ball, reads the game very well, has massive respect from all the players and staff, a great leader on the pitch.
    Ryan has a lot to offer us. Not being sentimental, just happy he’s still the player he always has been.

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  • soundoid

    Nov 14, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #12

    and his free kicks 🙂

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  • Son of Geordie

    Nov 14, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #13

    By training hard through injury for 2 years raylor has proven he has ticker and still has something to prove. Good luck to him. Unleash him I say!

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 14, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Raylor is an honest player, will give it his all but shouldn’t be anywhere near the starting 11, When Tiote and Abeid go to AFCON we will have Sissoko, Colback and Cabella who can play as a trio, we may even have SDJ back. On the wings we already have Gouffran, Sammy, Aarons, Obertan.

    Raylor is best used from the bench when we have a free kick late in a tight game, or when a game is won however his performance for U21s shouldn’t be a barometer for the first xi, he’s twice the age of the lads he’s played against.

    Good performance against Citeh in the cup and a goal line clearance which is as good as a goal however he did lose the ball more than anyone else on the pitch. Utility player that probably does his best work off the pitch for us…..and it should remain that way. I feel as though we need to sign a CM along with the CB and CF. Hopefully we will!!

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  • Scottiedog

    Nov 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #15

    I am really confused with some of the comments on here tonight…….

    Raylor is only 30 and has an excellent attitude, something that to be honest we have really missed over the last few months! Players like Raylor MUST stay in the team to give the balance between experience and youth.

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  • jimmysmith

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Always felt Taylor was as run of the mill an EPL player as you might ever find, apart from the dead ball stuff, which was of a good standard, but not desperately needed when we had the likes of Barton and Cabaye, and even now, since we have Cabella.

    But he clearly appears to have added a certain grit and mental toughness to his game, an ability to impose himself on a match and his opponent. It may be a natural adrenaline borne from coming back after such a long struggle, that could wane in time, or perhaps the period out has instiiled in him a genuinely significant maturity that Newcastle can draw upon to drive the side on. Which is exactly what he did at City.

    He does look a very different player to me, from the makeweight in the Nzogbia to Wigan move, that annoyed me so much at the time, but really where do you play him at 30, and never quick, if you can’t slot him into the middle of the park, and your success has been based on breaking at pace. Barton didn’t have great pace either, but he had Carroll and Ba to hit. Raylor would have Cisse or Peres, who seem to thrive off half chances and cutbacks.

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