Joey Barton has been out injured since late July, but that has not stopped him from attending first team games and reserve team games.
It seems that Joey sees his move to Newcastle as a fantastic career move, and he just cannot wait to get back playing.
The fact he has been out injured close to 3 months hasnâ€™t helped Joey, but it looks like his long wait to play again, is just about over.
Sam Allardyce – you can’t take the devil out of Joey too much
Manager Sam Allardyce has been very impressed with Joey’s attitude and commitment. This is what Sam had to say yesterday:
â€œWhile being hugely frustrated, he has also been chirpy as hell,â€ â€œHe has shown tremendous commitment, especially in his support for the rest of the team.â€
â€œThat builds a really good spirit, you only have to look at the England rugby team to see what that means.â€
Of course, as we all know, Joey has had a history of anger tantrums, and he is currently awaiting trial for assault on one of his former Manchester City team mates. But Sam seems to think Barton is maturing quickly and that stuff is behind him. We hope so.
â€œI think with every top player there is an area that can become slightly temperamental,â€ â€œLike every top actor, every very top player has standards at this level which affects them and, for whatever reason, they can lose control.”
“Occasionally, in his younger days, that is where there has been a problem.â€â€œBut I think he has taken a lot of advice and spoken to a lot of people about it and is moving along the right way in that area. You cannot take the devil out of top players too much.â€
â€œ Sir Alex [Ferguson, the Manchester United manager] used to talk about Roy Keane in that way.” “He was just as volatile as Joey Barton, if not more. You are hoping, with years of maturity, he gets over that.â€
We hope Joey has ended his bad ways, and we trust he is getting some counseling for his anger. He’s still very young and he can easily put his bad record behind him – if he seeks out the right treatment. Certainly money will not be a problem to Joey. We do expect Joey to play some part in our vital game against Tottenham on Monday evening. Itâ€™s great to have him back in the team again.
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