Sam Allardyce has been singing the praises of Joey Barton today. Sam just loves Joeyâ€™s great enthusiasm for both the game and the club, even when heâ€™s been out injured these past 10 weeks or so with his metatarsal injury.
Thatâ€™s one reason Sam wanted him at Newcastle, because of his infectious enthusiasm and leadership, not to mention heâ€™s a great midfielder who we feel will be pushing for an England place once he gets going for Newcastle.
Let’s take a look at the praise Joey has been getting from both his boss and reserve team coach Lee Clark.
Joey Barton – full of enthusiasm for both football and Newcastle United
This is what the big man said about Joey today:
â€œJoey just loves football and since he signed here, despite him being injured, he hasnâ€™t missed a game.â€ â€œ
Heâ€™s been on the bus and with the lads every game.â€ â€œHe is popular with the lads here, and he is great at mixing with people.â€
Barton continued his comeback against Rangers today in a specially-arranged match. He came through the game in style playing the full 90 minutes. So in the last 8 days Bartonâ€™s played 45 minutes and 60 minutes for the Reserves at Everton and home to Wigan, and now 90 minutes in a friendly game. Hopefully Joey is getting back to match fitness very very quickly. Wonder if heâ€™ll start against Tottenham?
Newcastle reserve-team manager Lee Clark also added how important Joey has been to the youngsters at the club while he’s been on reserve team duty:
â€œJoey has been a great example for the young players.â€ â€œYou always want senior players to show how it should be done, and he has done that.â€
â€œHis attitude to the younger lads has been terrific and I couldnâ€™t have asked any more from Joey in the last couple of games.â€
Joey certainly seems to be setting the place alight and getting lots of good publicity for all the right reasons. If he can finally take control of his anger, and cut that out of his repertoire completely, this boy can eventually become a great captain of the club – we’re that keen on the lad. And he’s in great hands with Big Sam – that’s for sure.