Newcastle United cult hero Ryan Taylor believes the win against Tottenham Hotspur is the Magpies’ best moment of the season so far.
It has been a remarkable start to the campaign for the club. Eddie Howe’s side are fourth after 13 games, and look like they could potentially qualify for Europe.
That is something Newcastle haven’t done for a long time. Their last appearance in European competition was the 2012/13 season, back when Taylor was at the club.
That was after Alan Pardew’s Newcastle had finished fifth the season prior, and this is shaping up to be an equally as impressive campaign. And the exciting thing is that you know the owners will build on it, unlike Mike Ashley 10 years ago.
With just one defeat, special goals and plenty of wins, there have been so many great moments already for Newcastle fans this season. And Taylor has picked out what he thinks has been the best one.
Newcastle’s best moment was the win against Spurs says Taylor
The 38-year-old has spoke to the club’s official website after returning to St James’ Park on Saturday. He watched the 4-0 win over Aston Villa, and was given the opportunity to address the crowd at half time.
It was excellent to see Taylor back after how his time at Newcastle ended, and he is excited about what the future holds for his former club.
“I think the game against Spurs was the stand-out moment,” he said.
“It was the ‘we’re here’ type of moment. This season has gone to plan perfectly, sitting fourth in the table, and it’s very different to this time last year.
“What a difference 12 months makes and there have been some very good signings, as well as players who have really stepped up.”
Can’t argue with Taylor
While some fans might point towards the Miguel Almiron goal against Fulham or Kieran Trippier’s free-kick versus Manchester City, the Tottenham win has to be the moment of the season so far.
We have picked up plenty of wins, but to come out on top away from home to a Champions League team was really special. The way we played was sensational, showing both sides to our game with blistering attacks and relentless pressing combined with resolute defending.
It solidified Newcastle as European contenders, and will have changed a lot of opinions on Howe’s side.
Beating a ‘big six’ club is always special, and it now looks like something Newcastle always have the ability to do. We will find out if Howe’s men can do it again in a couple of weeks when Chelsea arrive at St James’ Park.
The Tottenham win is the moment of the season for Taylor, and he is absolutely right. But hopefully there are even better moments to come.