Interesting comments today with Joey Barton comparing Newcastle United and Manchester City and of course his current club Newcastle comes out on top.
Joey believes Newcastle can be as big as they want to be and predicts they will be the club who will make the top 4 into the top 5. Interesting comments after Saturdays game with City when City, on the day, looked like they were the better side and on their way to future glory.
Joey’s as positive as ever and we’ll look at what he says.
Joey Barton – Newcastle can be as big as they want to be
Joey talked last night about Newcastle United and Manchester City:
“It is important that the City fans don’t get too carried away with a couple of results,” “Hopefully, we’ll get the kind of investment they got at Manchester City and get a similar result.â€
“I think Newcastle can be as big as they want to be. No disrespect to City but, in Manchester, Manchester United will always be top dog. As much as they want to believe it can change, it is not going to.â€
“The big thing about Newcastle is there is only Newcastle in Newcastle. Newcastle could be a big side and turn it from a big four into a big five.”
When talking about football clubs â€œbigâ€ is not a good word to use and it’s hard to define what it means. Newcastle are a big club now because they have money, good players and a great stadium, which may even get better within a few years.
Those that disparage Newcastle say we can’t be a big club because we haven’t won anything for almost 40 years so the quicker we end that drought the better because we want to to be the team to change the big four to the big five, as Joey says.
We hope Joey will improve his fitness over the next couple of weeks so that he is available for our Tottenham home game on 22nd October. As Sam mentioned recently we do need our injured players back as quickly as possible. Of course Joey would liked to have been considered for this Sunday’s game against Everton, but Big Sam was having none of it. However, missing just one more game is not too bad and it will be great if Joey is fully back in the fold withing 3 weeks.
Joey discussed the differences with his boss over his comeback date:
“We have different ideas on when I’m fit because I just can’t wait to get back playing,” . “But I understand he doesn’t want to take any risks and my next game will probably be for the reserves against Wigan next Monday. “After that we’ve got two weeks when I can get some good work done on the training ground during the international break.â€
“But it was great to get back out there against Man City and get 45 minutes under my belt. The foot is still a little bit sore but the surgeon has said that would be the case when I first started playing again.â€ “Hopefully, when I do come back I’ll bring some goals to the team and I just can’t wait.”
Joey Barton back in the fold is one of the things Newcastle need to push on from their last 3 disappointing defeats. A win is a win and will lift the atmosphere on Tyneside hugely if we can defeat Everton on Sunday. Everton play Metalist Kharkiv today of the Ukraine in the UEFA Cup. They tied the first leg 1-1 at home, so things are on a knife’s edge right now and it may be difficult for Everton. Hopefully they’ll get a tough game and be tired for Sunday. 😀 The first 10 minutes of the game will be important because we would hope to catch Everton cold, but we’ll just have to wait and see on that one.