Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink â€“ one of the great characters of the Premiership over the last several years is in Dubai on holiday. It just so happens Joey Barton is also in the same hotel as Jimmy and Jimmy reports on how Joey is doing out there. Joey apparently cannot stop talking about Newcastle.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Here’s what Jimmy had to say yesterday about Joey Barton:
“It’s so hot here that if you are going to have any kind of work-out, it’s best to do it early in the morning.
“And even though I got up at the crack of dawn and went to the gym in our hotel, I found that Joey Barton had already beaten me to it.
“I must say that Joey is in great shape and all he wanted to talk about was his move to Newcastle United.
“And I have to say it’s a great move for him and a great move for Newcastle United where I am sure he will be a big success.”
There was a buzz over the weekend about Joey wanting a loyalty payment of â‚¤300K from Manchester City â€“ but since then his agent Willie McKay has promised that it wonâ€™t stand in the way of him joining Newcastle – that’s good.
As it happens the silent one – Michael Owen – is also in Dubai with former Liverpool team-mates Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard. Steven gets married this coming weekend – I wonder what their football conversation is about â€“ we can only guess.
Just wonder when Michael thinks it will be convenient to tell the Newcastle fans what his plans are for next season.
It is looking like Rafael Benitez does not want him, and interest from Manchester United and Chelsea has waned in the last few weeks.
But Newcastle fans may have to wait a bit longer before Michael says he was always going to stay at Newcastle â€“ because if Thierry Henry moves to Spain or Italy, Wenger may look to bringing Michael to the Emirates.
If this sounds a little sarcastic – it is and guilty as charged – because weâ€™re getting tired of Michael saying nothing when all these reports are swirling around in the papers.
If he is only staying at Newcastle because there have been no suitable offers â€“ we should sell him and get the â‚¤9M and buy somebody else who really wants to play for us.
Talking about devoted Newcastle strikers – this is what the great Les Ferdinand had to say over the weekend – about the situation with Owen and Newcastle:
“The one thing Newcastle supporters have been dreaming of is watching a fit Michael Owen playing for the team,” “They are understandably worried because everyone has heard how he might exercise a clause in his contract and move.
“The one thing Newcastle fans want from their stars is loyalty. “Most of us outsiders will feel that Michael owes them at least another season. I would tell him to think carefully, because there is no other club in the country with the supporters like Newcastle United.
“Show them loyalty and they’ll get behind you 100 per cent.”
Well said Sir Les â€“ but Owen needs to say something â€“ and quickly â€“ even before Wenger decides whether he wants him or not.
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