It’s high time to dispel a myth about Ryan Taylor. He may well have scored some great goals over the course of his career, and many of them have come while wearing a Newcastle jersey, but apart from the odd sensational strike, does he actually add anything to the Magpies team?
He can play at full-back or on the wing, but in truth, the 28-year old is a lousy defender – it’s simply not his forte- and similarly he’s lacking in enough pace to ever be an effective wide man.
There’s no doubt he’s got talent when the ball is at his feet, and especially in dead ball situations, but does that justify his inability to have a positive contribution during open play?
Taylor has only ever scored six goals in his entire Newcastle career, which is hardly a formidable record considering he’s taken every free-kick the Magpies have been awarded during the 78 games he’s played.
Furthermore, he’s spent as much time on the sidelines as he has in the first team throughout his career, which is going to do nothing to help the versatility man’s lack of pace, and now that Yohan Cabaye has taken over set piece duty, Taylor’s role in the squad has become all but redundant.
Taylor is another injury prone player that Newcastle really don’t need on their books. He could easily sell in the summer to a Championship side or lower table Premiership team and should be allowed to leave. He’s never going to command a starting place now that Mathieu Debuchy and Davide Santon have become first team regulars.