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.
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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