Ryan Taylor proved to be very useful to Alan Pardew in the two years or so he was out with that terrible double ACL knee injury, and the manager sent Ryan out on scouting missions, and kept him as part of the first team squad as much as he could, to keep the Liverpudlian involved and make his difficult rehabilitation just a little bit easier for Ryan.
Ryan Taylor – his knee felt uncomfortable after 30 minutes
And there was a scare on Saturday at St. James’ Park when Ryan looked so unhappy when he had to leave the field after 30 minutes, but the very good news was that he is OK and sustained no physical damage to his right knee.
Ryan was accompanied to the hospital by world-famous Vail, Colorado surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman to have a scan on his knee.
Ryan’s contract runs out at the end of JUne, and we’ll just have to wait and see if he gets an extension to that contract, but Alan Pardew has already decided he wants to keep Ryan at the club in some capacity past next June.
This is what Alan Pardew’s reaction was when told Ryan had said the knee was just fine:
“Thank God,” “We were all worried for him.” “And whatever happened, we wanted him to remain part of this club.” “He has already shown how important he is even when he has not been playing.”
“He showed what an asset he can be on the pitch,” “I actually thought from that first half an hour if we were going to win, Ryan would be at the heart of it.”
“The two best chances had fallen to him and when he came off, it certainly did affect our mentality for a few minutes and you could see us losing momentum.
“I could see the players were upset when Ryan went off, so I deliberately didn’t mention him at half time,” “It certainly did affect our mentality for a few minutes after.”
Ryan Taylor is a first class professional, and a positive guy to have around – but we are also sure he would love to extend his playing career at Newcastle.
And if that 30 minutes was anything to go by on Saturday – plus his Man of the Match performance at Manchester City – and if he can keep healthy this season, there must be a decent chance he can get an extension to his contract.
We really do hope it all turns out well for Ryan this season.
If anybody deserves success this season – it’s Ryan Taylor.
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