Joey Barton Chooses Newcastle – More Players on the Way


Once we heard yesterday that Joey Barton was undergoing a medical we thought that was excellent news – because you only have a medical when you are going to sign for the club.

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Joey Barton

The fact that Joey had agreed to meet with West Ham was a little puzzling but the good news that broke last night was that Joey had agreed to move to Newcastle over West Ham – and will be Sam Allardyce’s first signing at Newcastle – albeit a controversial one.

West Ham and even Middlesbrough were interested in Barton but smart Sam ensured he wrapped up the deal at Newcastle before the other clubs even had a chance of talking to Joey. The $5.5M deal is for five years with Barton being offered around $50,000 a week – about $10,000 a week less than West Ham were reported to be offering. That’s good for Joey – that he is coming for the challenge and doesn’t just go to the highest bidder.

Barton is still on bail pending investigations into the altercation with City team-mate Ousmane Dabo last month – and Newcastle have wisely added a clause to the deal to protect the club if Barton is still charged by police

Barton’s agent Willie McKay said last night:

“The move is very close. Joey has agreed terms and passed his medical.
“Now we are waiting for the paperwork to be finished.”

But when you look at the Opta stats – which Sam and his backroom team seem to study – you can see why Sam like Barton. We would think anybody now at the club who has poor stats – beware – although most will be given a chance under Sam.

We are sure that Barton’s signing will trigger a flurry of signings for Newcastle and that Scott Parker will move to West Ham – unless he rejects the move outright.

Players we expect to be moved in at some speed now are:

  • Mark Viduka
  • Tal Ben Haim
  • David Rosehnal
  • Derek Boateng
  • Leighton Baines

There are still other players linked to Newcastle but we think the first three above are all but definite – and Derek Boateng and Leighton Baines are very strong candidates to move to Tyneside.

You cannot accuse Allardyce of standing still and he has managed to create both a momentum and an excitement about Newcastle – that will only attract players to the club.
His persuasive and motivational qualities are on display for all to see – and we believe that if there’s competition for a player – as in the Barton case – Newcastle with Allardyce in charge will win a lot more than they lose.

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Sam Allardyce

Although Barton is a risk signing we think most Newcastle fans are pleased with the way Sam is moving quickly for new players.

Certainly this is an exciting time for fans right now – and augers well for next season and beyond.

Roll on August.

Comments always welcome.



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27 comments so far

  • chris

    Jun 6, 2007 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #1

    cant wait for the new season. what a signing. unlucky hammers scum

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  • Andy T

    Jun 6, 2007 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m glad to see Sam moving early for his targets. Especially as there seem to be quite a few. It will be important for them to get together and start working together as a team as soon as possible.

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  • joe

    Jun 6, 2007 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Add a good right back to the above – maybe Luke Young? – and you would have a solid back 4. On top of that if we can attract a strong and influential central midfielder to partner Barton, ala Nolan, then we can go to away games feeling as though we can compete physically with other teams. Only when you do that can your quality win you games. With Sams reputation for a big back 4 I wouldn’t be surprised though if Taylor was used as a RB initially while he learned more from a couple of solid centre halves. Our front line looks excellent (still think Martins might be going though) and if he does I would like to see us replace him with Defoe.

    The defenders that appear to done deals would be great additions, Baines in particular. I still feel that a another outstanding central midfield player would complete our squad which already has some super players. We’ve just been a pushover in the middle of the field with our own attacks too slow at times. Maybe this is the reason Parker is on his way. Any ideas for a player of this type? Nolan is the obvious one but there must be more like him?

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  • Andy T

    Jun 6, 2007 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    joe – I thinkwe already have that in Nicky Butt. Especially working with Sam.

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  • Blair

    Jun 6, 2007 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree, Barton and Butt in the centre would be a formiddable combination

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  • Aaron D

    Jun 6, 2007 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Barton, Ben Haim, Rozenhal, Baines and Viduka to replace Parker, Bramble, Moore, Bernard and Siberski. Not bad if you ask me.

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  • Tim K

    Jun 6, 2007 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #7

    I think an overhaul needs to be undertaken…emre and defintely Babayaro to be let go…new midfielders – Nolan maybe, how about reo coker, simou…defence sol campbel, ben haim, baines, …strikers could depend on ashely takeover and a turbo charge in buying power letting us compete for players like samuel e to, torres, anelka, perhaps berbatov?

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  • Craig F

    Jun 6, 2007 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Joe – If Martins does leave, which i don’t see why he would, the last player we’d need is Defoe. I already doubt if Martins and Owen can play together as they’re too similar and i think Defoe is even more like Owen. Barton is a great signing, Baines would be even better and i also think the free signings will strengthen the squad a lot but i wont believe we’ve got any of them till i see them in black and white!

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  • joe

    Jun 6, 2007 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Andy T, for me, Butt was our player of the year. I just have the feeling that another all round midfielder that can supply at both ends of the field will open our options up a little. There is no doubt that Butt will graft as much as anyone and we will be more resolute with him and Barton. Home games may be a chance for us to be more attacking though – especially against weaker Prem opponents. For this, Dyer, Emre and Butt all provide very little – or not enough compared to the top 6. How about an audacious bid for Cahill? He scores loads from midfield.

    I do agree about Butt though. Him and Milner were streets ahead of anyone else. Those who claim Parker was our best player must have sat in a different stadium to me.

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  • joe

    Jun 6, 2007 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Craig – i’m basing my Defoe thoughts around the “two players for every position” theory. Apparently he could be available for as little as £5 million. With Juventus apparently ready to offer £13 million for Martins, nothing would surprise me.

    I just think that we have played people out of position for long enough. With a long season, 2 good players who are comfortable in each position would stop our season being so disrupted by injuries an suspensions etc.

    Big Sam is hoping to eradicate these but you never know. I am praying for Owen to play a whole season for us injury free but history says that’s unlikely. Because of this, the Viduka/Owen partnership changing to something like Viduka/Defoe would have little impact on the team dynamic. Martins could do the same but i get the feeling he’s a little unsettled.

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  • Ross G

    Jun 6, 2007 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    For god sake Luke Young is rubbish, he is worse than Carr

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  • ziad

    Jun 6, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #12

    barton is a great signing as long as sam keeps him out of trouble . all the players mentionned above are good (especiallly Baines) we ll have to wait and see!! HTT!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 6, 2007 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Joe – a couple, of points on your first comment. Think Ben Haim may be played at right back – but that depends on Sam’s thinking – Solano was good there and Dyer may be played there – not to mention we are said to be after Toulouse right back Albin Ebondo.
    On a midfielder there are strong possibilities we will bring in Derek Boateng – a defensive midfielder – presumably to fight Nicky Butt for that position.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 6, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #14

    I added Derek Boateng to the list of those we think are on their way. Here’s some info on Boateng http://nufcblog.com/allardyce-ready-to-make-first-two-signings-for-newcastle/

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  • Tim K

    Jun 6, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15

    If we are to get up to the top 4 or atleast up to spurs (top 6) we need ashleys financial muscle and big sam’s ability to get in a number of ‘blue chip’ players…joey barton is a good start…we need maybe 5 or 6 more of that calibre spread across defence midfield and strikers.

    the top 4 or 5 have strong spines (chelski have chech, terry, lampard, drogba…man utd have sar, ferdinand/vidic, scholes/carrick, rooney.

    we have given and owen??? we need a ‘blue chip’ spine!!

    And we need a bigger squad 2 good players for every position.

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  • joe

    Jun 6, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Ross G – if you think that Carr is a better player than Young then you’ve lost the plot mate. Bizarre.

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  • darren

    Jun 6, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #18

    i agree with ross g young is worse than carr and should definitely not be bought

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  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jun 6, 2007 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #19

    I agree with Joe, we need to bring Tim Cahill in as he would be really good for us and scores loads from midfield (particularly against Newcastle!). I believe Joseph Yobo would be a good addition and Gareth Barry to add depth. These players are consistant every season and we need to be targeting these type of players. I really like Martins as the lad is class and he should stay, if not I would be happy to see Berbatov replace him.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 6, 2007 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Tim Cahill would be great – but Moyes would never sell him – he’s not that stupid.

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  • joe

    Jun 6, 2007 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #21

    JP from the rock. Do you live there year round? I visit a couple of times a year! Have a pint in the Toon Bar! Next trip planned in August when i’m in Marbella for a fortnight.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 6, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Tim K – well said!

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  • ryam magomu

    Jun 9, 2007 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #23

    i thank God for the good job Big Sam is already doing.signing 6(barton,Mark Viduka
    Tal Ben Haim ,David Rosehnal ,Derek Boateng,Leighton Baines ) players for a fee of 10million pounds or less is just great news thats if they all make it anyway. players like babayaro,car,emre, should leave.about parker who was earning 60,ooopounds a week now we have a younger barton earning earning 10,000 pounds less is a good deal for the club.cant wait for the season to start too.goo magpies

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  • matt w

    Jun 10, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #24

    i agree that young isnt going to make much of a benefit to our squad as i think both carr and young are both pretty poor and wouldnt have either in my team! so take tht! lol

    i would love to see Yobo in black n white next season, awasom centre back, i also wouldnt mind Lescott (the latter can also play as LB if need a bit more strength in the back 4). both had a great season under DM who i dont think will even think about selling his best 2 defenders…. they are not going to be too interested in going to a club not in europe!

    i also agree that Cahill is a super CM, something we hav missed in black n white is the ability to score from crosses, e will be a threat form these as he has shown ove past 2 seasons.

    nolan is also another player we should be after. similar to cahill and barton in the way that they power forward from the CM area; each are slightly different in their threats arriving late but either of these 2 that we hant got already (assuming barton’s deal doesnt collapse as a result of the loyalty payment issue)

    please comment

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  • Chris B.

    Jun 12, 2007 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #25

    Who the heaven is derek Boateng!!

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  • Chris B.

    Jun 12, 2007 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #26

    Mark Viduka signed already!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 12, 2007 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #27

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