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Ryan Taylor | Defensemen

Team: Newcastle United
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 176

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Due to an injury crisis among Newcastle United's defenders, Ryan Taylor might get a rare start and would offer an interesting budget play should signs become clearer that he will make the XI against Aston Villa.
Two very interesting matchups in a shortened gameweek are on tap. You have Manchester City fresh off of five goals travelling to Anfield to face perhaps the hottest defense in the league. Then here, you have Newcastle's woeful defense, who shipped those five goals to City, hosting Aston Villa, owners of easily the lowest goal scoring total of the season. In both cases, something has to give. For Newcastle, with Daryl Janmaat a doubt and Jack Colback suspended, the odds are extremely high that Taylor gets a start at either right back or as as defensive mid. He is a set piece specialist and costs a meager 2.2m in the Yahoo game. Feb 23 - 3:08 PM

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Newcastle were hoping to make it five Premier League wins on the spin as Queens Park Rangers came to St James’ Park having failed to take a single point on the road this season. However the home were missing a number of key players as Alan Pardew was forced to reshuffle his side.

With Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor both missing central defensive duties were left to the returning Mike Williamson and Paul Dummett but it was in midfield where the Geordies were struggling. Cheick Tiote, Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan were all ruled out which meant Ryan Taylor was afforded his first Premier League start in over two-and-a-half years following injury and it was the returning defensively midfielder who left the field in tears on 34 minutes. Taylor broke down unchallenged in the first half and following a quick assessment it became apparent he could no longer continue – although tests on his knee are still ongoing – the player himself has confirmed there are "no major problems."
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 03:42:00 PM

Alan Pardew expects to have Ryan Taylor's name on Newcastle's team sheet this weekend when the Magpies travel to play Tottenham, completing the versatile fullback's recovery from severe knee damage.

Pardew was quoted as saying "It's an inspirational story." Hopefully, Taylor can survive the first couple of real tests without any issues and can put what has been a rehabilitation filled setbacks behind him. It would make sense for Pardew to use him as a bench option for a considerable stretch, so the set piece specialist cannot be recommended for fantasy purposes any time soon.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 12:26:00 PM

Fantasy managers will be buoyed by the news that Newcastle full-back Ryan Taylor is approaching a return to first team football as he takes part in his second behind-closed-doors friendly against Burnley on Tuesday.

Ryan ‘over-the-wall’ Taylor so-called because of his trademark curling free-kicks is aiming to end over two years of injury hell as the defender aims to complete 70+ minutes today to add to his previous half against Carlisle United. Having originally torn his anterior cruciate ligament back in August 2012 Taylor then suffered a recurrence during training just weeks before his projected comeback prompting further surgery from world-renowned knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman. The impending return of Taylor will be welcome news for Yahoo fantasy managers, the player has been a heavy points scorer throughout his time in game and is likely to provide a bargain differential when fit.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 06:57:00 AM

Alan Pardew revealed that Ryan Taylor is nearing a return to action after spending two full years sidelined with a severe knee injury.

You haven't forgotten about Ryan Taylor, have you? Much has changed at St. James' Park since the last time Taylor has been on the pitch. His return would be a welcome one though, he can play multiple positions and is a dead ball specialist. If he can get a run in the starting XI, he would emerge a relevant fantasy option.
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 04:39:00 PM