By Russell Edge

4th Oct, 2017 | 5:44pm

'Got the potential' - Ryan Taylor reveals how Newcastle can storm to success

By Russell Edge

Former Newcastle United star Ryan Taylor has said the club need to keep Rafael Benitez happy if they are to have a successful future.

The Spanish manager joined the club back in 2016, replacing former boss Steve McClaren, and although he was unable to keep the Magpies in the Premier League, he remained to lead them through their Championship campaign.

Finishing as champions thanks to some final day drama, Benitez turned his attention to the summer transfer window, although a lack of transfer funds and inflated prices saw the former Liverpool boss voice his frustrations publicly.

The fans eventually saw six new names through the door at St James’ Park, who have helped the Magpies make a solid start to the season, with three wins, a draw and three defeats to their name.

Now, with the club sitting in ninth spot in the Premier League after seven games, Taylor insists that keeping Benitez happy is the key to securing future success on Tyneside.

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The 33-year-old told NUFC TV, available on the club’s official website: “It wasn’t a great transfer window but the squad is good enough to compete in the Premier League.

“If Rafa’s happy and he stays, there’s only one way the club’s going.

“Hopefully they get a few more signings next season and push the club on even further.

“I know we did manage fifth but the club as a whole has got the potential to reach the same again, if not better.”

Versatile defender Taylor, who played in a variety of roles across the back and in midfield, made 106 appearances for the Magpies, scoring 10 goals and providing 17 assists for his team mates.

He will perhaps be best known for his free kick against fierce rivals Sunderland, which gave birth to the famous ‘over the wall’ chant on Tyneside.

In other Newcastle United news, a report states that a crucial deal could be secured in the coming months.

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