Bolton Wanderers are planning a move for Ryan Taylor according to media reports in the north west.
The Lancashire club are desperately short on the full-back front and Taylor’s ability to play on both sides, as well as in midfield, is a major plus point.
The scouser will be out of contract after Tuesday and free to register with any club, this follows the infamous episode when John Carver told both Jonas Gutierrez and Ryan Taylor in the same phone call that they were no longer wanted at St James Park.
Taylor started 11 Premier League matches last season, including 10 of the final 11 games, only to be dropped for the all or nothing final game against West Ham.
Sadly, the popular Newcastle player became a main target for the moans and groans from the crowd as the woeful team form saw United go on a record breaking eight league defeats in a row, with Taylor starting all eight of them.
John Carver persisted with Ryan Taylor in a midfield role where he looked more uncomfortable with each game that went by, ignoring the likes of Mehdi Abeid.
However, to his credit the soon to be ex-Newcastle player did show he had recovered his fitness after the misery of two severe injuries. Hopefully a drop to the Championship should be well within his comfort zone.
Whilst Neil Lennon wants to take him to Bolton, previous reports have claimed that Standard Liege were the favourites to sign Taylor who turns 31 in August.
Wherever he ends up, let’s hope that Newcastle fans’ longer term memory is of a player, who whilst never a star player, was one who always gave his all and produced some moments of magic. Particularly his ability at set-pieces, with his ‘over the wall’ effort confirming he will always have a place in Newcastle United history.