Taylor keen to ditch reputation

Toon man sees himself solely as a defender

Ryan Taylor: Wants to shrug off his 'Mr Versatile' reputation

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Ryan Taylor is determined to shrug off his reputation as 'Mr Versatile' and hold onto his position as a regular left-back at Newcastle.

Taylor has been ever-present in the Magpies' formidable backline so far this season as well as scoring three goals.

The former Wigan man has played in several positions over the course of his career, having previously featured as a right-sided midfielder and defender.

But the 27-year-old is determined to hold onto his spot as manager Alan Pardew's first-choice left-back.


"I want to shake off that 'Mr Versatile' tag and be known as a left-back," Taylor told the Daily Star.

"It's great scoring goals, but I want to hold a regular position.

"When people start referring to me as a left-back, that's when I'll start smiling."

Manager Pardew has been impressed with Taylor's contribution this season, with his goal against Everton on Saturday helping the Magpies retain third place in the Premier League.

He said: "Ryan's defending has improved and with the ball there aren't many better full-backs than him.

"He's had his tough times here, but it's all good for him right now."