Joey Barton Almost Ready for Newcastle Comeback

Joey Barton was at the Emirates Stadium last night and asked to be part of the official Newcastle squad just to warm up with the first team, as they prepared for the game against Arsenal.

The former Manchester City player is so keen to be part of the action again that he did the same thing at Derby County on Monday night and attended the reserves’ 2-0 defeat against Middlesbrough.


Joey Barton – not too far away from being available for selection

It will be great to get Joey back in the team and it looks from what he says he’s not too far away. He will need a few games to get match fit and then we’ll see how Barton can transform our central midfield with his creativity and knack for goals.

Barton talked today:

“The lads are giving me a bit of stick for it, but I just love football.”

“I love watching the lads and being part of it, even though at the minute you feel a bit removed from it because you’re not joining in training.”

“You’re on your own doing work in the gym, but traveling to away games makes me feel a part of it.”

“I can give the lads a bit of positive talk, and hopefully get a feel for it and what happens on a matchday.” “I’m nearing the end of a significant injury, which has been frustrating. I can see light at the end of the tunnel now, and I am champing at the bit.”

“Being around the players and in the dressing room, you feel more a part of it than you would normally do stuck in the gym somewhere.”

Barton broke his foot when he was captaining the Newcastle side at Carlisle in late July. He actually accompanied Lee Clark to Brunton Park for a scouting mission at Carlisle last weekend – wonder who they were scouting?  So he is obviously interested in everything going on at the club.

Joey went on:

“I’ll be there at the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday too, without a shadow of a doubt. It’s just disappointing I won’t be playing.” “I’ve still got a little way to go in terms of match fitness, and hopefully I’ll get there sooner rather than later and I’ll get back to what I do best, which is playing football.”

“I’ve been very fortunate to have a good medical team around me – the doctor and physios have been first class in getting me to where I am.” “But I’m only young, and I’ll get a lot chances to play at Manchester City in the future.”

“I still keep in contact with the lads there – I’ve got a lot of friends there and they’ve had a great start to the season and it should be a good game.” “You always want to play against your old club, but at the same time this is just another Premier League game for me.” “I think I’ve proved what I can do to the fans there – I’ve got nothing to prove to them.’

“Now it’s a case of pulling on a Newcastle United shirt and enjoying a new chapter in my career.” “Hopefully this is the start of an exciting time for Newcastle United, and for me personally.”

Joey always comes across as very positive and it looks like he loves being at the club. As long as Joey can control those tandrums and get his anger under control he can become a top player at Newcastle – and we’re sure that’s what Joey and Sam are aiming for. Certainly he played exceptionally well during the close season.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Ivan

    Sep 26, 2007 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #1

    yay, we’re gonna love him!
    he is just wat we need now!

  • Tom_toon

    Sep 26, 2007 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Ye and a Right winger. Ali Karimi or Eremenko Jr please.

  • ToonKing

    Sep 26, 2007 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #3

    or Valon Behrami.

    Anyways can’t wait for Joey to come back !!!
    Seeing him with Smith in center midfield would be like a dream come true for me as they are one of my favourite players.

    Also i like Emre very much, so a midfield of Emre Barton Smith would make me a happy happy man.


  • Pete

    Sep 26, 2007 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Whats happening with his court case then?

  • Tom_toon

    Sep 26, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Behrami is a bit poor tbh. Eremenko is great but drifts away we want a RW not a drifter. Ali Karimi would be a good option as he has experience in CL and Uefa Cup and over 100 cpas for his country. He is available on a free as his new club that he recently joined as he left bayern munich will release him if a european club comes in for him and he wants to go.

  • Stevep

    Sep 26, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Bartons at court on Oct 4th – hopefully he wont get sent to jail, eeek

  • Hadji

    Sep 26, 2007 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #7

    TomToon…What about Andreas Ottl,he’s not happy in Bayern Munich at all.Well who wouldn’t considering the competition against Ribery,Schweinsteinger,Vab Bomel,Sosa.
    He’s tall,strong and has a powerfull shot.

  • Tom_toon

    Sep 26, 2007 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Yer but hes a DM, we dont need one if we wanted a DM we should get Nekounam.

  • hadrian

    Sep 26, 2007 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #9

    who we gonna drop? it has tobe smith or geremi , but seems like big sams promised these two (and barton) the world and they cant be dropped .

  • Tom_toon

    Sep 26, 2007 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Geremi and Barton Hopefully

  • Pete

    Sep 26, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Geremi is the captain.

    Smith is the utility player but I think he would drop butt

  • Ashton

    Sep 26, 2007 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Ali Karimi is shit

    Nashat Akram is better stronger and younger and he was wanted by roy keane

    do you know him tom ?

  • Rich

    Sep 27, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Ive saw a bit of Nashat Akram he looked decent every time ive saw him. Been a while since ive saw Ali Karimi but he used to be really skillful.


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