Manchester City and England midfielder Barton signed a five year contract at St. James’ Park on Thursday after a Â£5.8M move and becomes manager Allardyceâ€™s second signing at Newcastle in the last two weeks.
Sam was obviously delighted to finally get Joey and this is what he told the official Newcastle web-site”
“It’s a great coup for me and this football club to get a player of such outstanding talent, something he has proven over the last four years at Manchester City.
“He is a central midfielder with all-round ability. He can defend, pass the ball and, most importantly, score goals.”
Bartonâ€™s goals as a midfielder have been noticed by Sam.
For the 2006/07 season he netted seven times and during the 2005/06 season, he struck six times again in the Premiership.
Last season at Newcastle, only Kieron Dyer matched Barton’s return of seven goals from midfield, while in 2005/06 only Nobby Solano matched his Joey’s six goals.
Sam went on:
“He has been among the goalscorers for Manchester City over the last two years and I felt this was the biggest area where Newcastle needed to improve having looked at the goal scoring ratio of midfield players last season.
“There’s no doubt about his outstanding qualities and no doubt about his desire to play football at a club capable of winning something.
“I have convinced him we have the same ambitions and hopefully we can achieve this together in the near future.”
Joey Barton then talked about making his mind up very quickly when he first arrived at Newcastle.
“I am delighted to be here. As soon as it came to speaking to people at Newcastle, it became clear they have the desire and ambition to succeed.
“The people I am going to work with have the ambitions to match mine and I hope this is the start of a successful era for myself and the club.
“I have always admired Sam from afar. The job he did at Bolton was just phenomenal.
“Now I have got the opportunity to work with him. It was great to speak to him and know he rates me as a player. “
So that’s the second deal completed – but we really have to concentrate on defenders now.
Hopefully Czech center back David Rosehnal is the next one to sign from PSG – and then if we could could entice left back Nicky Shorey from Reading to to Newcastle – he would be an excellent buy.
Both players would be great at Newcastle.