Ryan Taylor retirement is imminent
Ryan Taylor proved to be a surprise hit at Newcastle United.
Recruited by Joe Kinnear in the middle of the 2008/09 relegation season, the versatile player arrived as a makeweight in the deal that took Charles N’Zogbia to Wigan.
He only made eight Premier League starts as United went down but he played 30 times (19 starts) in the 2009/10 promotion season.
Only three starts in the (2010/11) season back in the Premier League but better times around the corner.
Ryan Taylor got an opportunity to fill in at left-back and was a massive success as he made 31 (including 23 starts) in the 2011/12 Premier League season, when Newcastle finished fifth.
His ‘over the wall’ goal that beat Sunderland in August 2011 ensured he would be remembered and indeed he scored 10 goals in all, almost all of them long-range efforts, mostly free-kicks.
A serious knee ligament injury almost ended both his Newcastle and football career but he battled back, playing for Hull, Port Vale and Indian side ATK after being released by NUFC in 2015.
As a free agent, former Newcastle teammate Joey Barton took him on at Fleetwood Town in September and he has played 11 times this season.
However, after injury problems and not making his way back into the team, Barton has said that Ryan Taylor is now thinking about retiring as a player.
He turns 35 in August and after his various injury issues, maybe he has just had enough.
As for Joey Barton, credit to him for the job he has done this season at Fleetwood, when a lot of people expected him to fail and/or make headlines for all the wrong reasons with his behaviour.
With seven games to go Fleetwood still have a very outside chance of the play-offs, eight points adrift with a game in hand.
However, they are only two points short of last season’s total and currently in tenth, look sure to finish higher than last season’s fourteenth in League One.
Joey Barton speaking to Fleetwood Live:
“It is not looking too rosy for him (Ryan Taylor).
“I will be surprised if we see him again this season.
“It is disappointing for him but it is just one of those things, the team has progressed and moved on.
“Unfortunately for him, he got injured at a couple of key times and lost momentum.
“He is having a bit of an evaluation about where he is and what he wants to do next year.
“He has had a fantastic career and he is sitting down and weighing up with his family whether he wants to continue that or move into the next phase of his life journey.”
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