Joey Barton Looks Top Team Player for Newcastle

Joey Barton cost Newcastle ₤5.8M from Manchester City in the summer but he has yet to make a competitive appearance for the Magpies. Joey suffered a partial fracture of his fifth metatarsal during the pre-season friendly game at Car lisle on July 21st, when he was captain for the day.
The usual time out for these injuries is about 6 weeks but since he now plays for Newcastle it’s already been over 10 weeks since he got injured 😀


Joey Barton – has been so enthusiastic at Newcastle

Joey has impressed us with his enthusiasm for the club, having traveled to the first team games with Newcastle, attended the reserve team games and even gone on a scouting mission with Reserve Team boss Lee Clark back to Carlisle. He was shown at the end of the Manchester City game at Eastlands on Saturday on TV and looked a little devastated at the result. The chants of “Joey, Joey what’s the score?” from the Manchester City fans couldn’t have helped. But City are vastly changed since last season thanks to Sven Eriksson and his team doing an amazing transformation so quickly. You don’t get the record Eriksson has in club football for nothing. We;’re glad he stayed in England because the league will benefit and we’ll all have to forget the disappointments with England.

The games Barton did get to play in midfield show him to be almost the perfect player Newcastle need in midfield right now. So Sam certainly seems to know how to put a team together. Like all players who are enthusiastic as Joey, he wants to get back quickly.

However Big Sam put a bit of a damper on that yesterday and we think it was just to put a bit of reality on the situation for both Barton and the media, Sam said it’s going to be at least 4 weeks for Joey to get match fit but he’s included in the team for tonight’s reserve game at Manchester City, so we think (hope) it will be a bit earlier than that. Just hope Joey has a stormer for the reserves tonight, or at least a good game under his belt.

Sam Allardyce said yesterday:

“Joey Barton’s got no chance for Everton on Sunday. It will be four or five weeks – or at least three or four reserve team games.”

Sam mentioned this obviously because Joey was saying over the weekend he could possibly make the Everton game on Sunday. Barton is now ready to begin his competitive comeback and will start in a strong Newcastle second-string at the Regional Athletics Arena. No doubt Joey will know quite a few of the players he will be up against tonight and the Newcastle team will also include first-teamers Emre, Jose Enrique and Abdoulaye Faye as they continue their rehabilitation to full match fitness.

Lee Clark will start with the following team;

Fraser Forster, Mark Bertram, Jose Enrique, Abdoulaye Faye, David Edgar, Emre, Matty Pattison, Joey Barton, James Troisi, Jonny Godsmark, Frank Wiafe Danquah.
Subs: Mark Cook, Darren Lough, Callum Morris, Kazenga LuaLua, Mark Doninger

It’s certainly a powerful side and we’re sure Sam will be concentrating on these reserve team fixtures more than recent managers at Newcastle. We think Sam wants to win the reserve team league – that’s prior to winning the Premiership of course 😀

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 2, 2007 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    I read in the papers Man city’s looking at Riquelme. If Sven gets him, we’re gonna need to put together a midfield that can nullify a possible midfield of Elano, Ireland, Petrov and Riquelme to be serious contenders in the premiership. Can we with our current crop, when all fit? I know everyone’s waiting for Barton to get back so it’ll be interesting to see if our midfield could compete.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Oct 2, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Good to see Barton back; just hope there’s no recurrence and comes through game ok!

  • joe

    Oct 2, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #3

    No way sven’s going for riquelme unless he wants to drop elano. Both these two players are almost, if not exactly similiar to each other in terms of their playing style. Both demand the ball a lot, and expect others to make runs while picking their passes. Surely both of them will inhibit each other!?

  • Jerry

    Oct 2, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Why wont Allardyce simply sign a creative midfield player LIKE Riquelme? It doesnt have to be him specifically just someone with his skill set!

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 2, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Because Riquelme has the poorest attitude ever, very overated and run hot and cold all the time.


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