Carver backs Ryan Taylor for role at Newcastle: Why it's a risk to play him

Newcastle United boss John Carver says Ryan Taylor has a huge role to play at the club.

Newcastle United boss John Carver has told the Chronicle that Ryan Taylor has a big part to play for the Magpies because of his versatility.

Taylor has barely featured at St James Park this season, but Carver feels Taylor will be a good option for the club over the next few weeks with so many defenders in the treatment room.

“He has got a huge part to play - because of the fact that I can use him in a number of different positions,” said Carver.

“We all know – it’s not a secret – that we are short of defenders now because of the injury situation.”

There is a risk in playing Taylor in the near future because he’s had so little game time in the Premier League this season.

He is 30-years-old and injects plenty of experience and quality into the team, but he’s going to a little off the pace having not played match.

The danger in that is it could leave a weakness in Newcastle’s defensive line, which the club’s opposition will look at exploiting.

He’s more experienced as a full-back but if he moves into a central defensive position, he’ll become a target and that places pressure on the defender he’s playing alongside to try and do extra defensive work to cover as a result.

Fingers crossed for Newcastle and Carver that the team can make it through the next batch of games without any complications and further injuries.

The problems start when players are used out of position and hopefully Newcastle won’t get to that point.

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