Joey Barton has certainly given lots of interviews in the past week or so.
He’s given another one today to Lee Ryder of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle. We’ll list the long interview and then make a few comments on it.
But it’s very clear that Joey just cannot wait to get back playing for the first team. Let’s hope that can happen on 22nd October.
Joey Barton – so enthusiastic at Newcastle
Here’s what Joey Barton told Lee Ryder today:
â€œI suppose thatâ€™s why I was brought to Newcastle.â€ â€œ I certainly hope and feel I can bring energy and goals from midfield.â€ â€œHopefully when I come back I can get to a level where I do myself justice and get off to a good start.â€ â€œI am desperate to get involved and desperate to make a good impression with Newcastle United.â€
â€œI am still a little bit away from being fit to start for the first team.â€ â€œIt was important to play 45 minutes. I had three training sessions before this, but playing a game is a bit more competitive.â€
â€œThere was a little bit of contact, but it is always enjoyable to play again and I have come through it with no knocks.â€ â€œI got what I needed from last night and enjoyed every bit of it. The lads worked very hard last night.â€
â€œIt is massively disappointing to join a new club and then not be involved.â€ â€œI donâ€™t know if I am ahead of schedule or not. It was meant to be six weeks to start with, but the break was worse than we first thought.â€
â€œIt is just important that we take things step by step and I donâ€™t rush back too soon.â€ â€œI am doing everything I can to get back and hopefully get back in contention as soon as possible.â€
â€œThe body always lets you know when you are ready and it will tell me when it is ready to go.â€ â€œHopefully that will be sooner rather than later.â€ â€œI will see how I feel in the next few days. I have a few aches and pains but that is what you usually get in football.â€
â€œI will train with the team Friday, Saturday, Sunday and then just see what happens from there.â€
â€œI am gutted to miss Everton, but you are governed by what your body tells you.â€ â€œI donâ€™t want to come back and miss more games.â€ â€œIf you rush back you could end up out for a significant amount of time, and if I have to miss Everton to make sure I am fit for the rest of the season, so be it.â€
â€œHopefully this will be the end of my injuries at Newcastle United.â€
â€œWe were disappointed after Saturday, but it isnâ€™t easy to go anywhere and get good results these days in the Premier League.â€ â€œAlthough we are disappointed that we lost, because we see Man City as rivals for a European place, we can bounce back against Everton.â€ â€œIt will be tough against a team that are also going for a top-six place but I am sure the lads can do it.â€
Not much to add to what Barton has said. We are really impressed with Joey’s enthusiasm, and if he plays like he did in pre-season and last season at Man City, he can be a top player for the club. Joey could turn out to be one of Sam’s best buys for Newcastle. Certainly Allardyce lined up Joey as soon as he came to Newcastle, so we know Sam thinks very highly of the Liverpudlian.
What do you think? Let us know – comments always very welcome.