Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce finally has midfielder Joey Barton back in the squad for tomorrow’s clash with Tottenham.
We wonder if Joey will actually start against Tottenham, because heâ€™s certainly played enough games in his comeback.
But Sam will most likely start Joey on the bench, in what is shaping up to be a key game for the Magpies.
Joey Barton – his enthusiasm for Newcastle United is contagious
Barton said: today:
“It has been a case of being a little bit careful to make sure I am back in contention for Tottenham.â€
“The foot feels fine and I am itching to get back in contention.”
Allardyce kept Joey back and heâ€™s been out since July 21st when he picked up his metatarsal injury at Carlisle United, a game in which he captained the side. But Joey is impatient and has been pestering the staff on what else he can do to get back earlier.
Sam Allardyce talked about Joey yesterday:
“He was one of my first major signings and the talent of the player would help this side immensely.â€
“Joey has tremendous Premier League experience and he has got all the criteria a central midfield player needs for the Premier League today.â€ “He is box-to-box, he has got great energy levels, he is a good passer, he tackles, he is tenacious and he scores goals – that is something we want to see him producing for Newcastle.â€
“When he gets fit, people who are already playing now will hopefully be looking over their shoulders and saying he is a challenge they are going to have to meet.”
A good time for Joey to show his prowess is tomorrow night against Spurs, either as a starter or as a substitute. He is no doubt a very gifted player and if he can control his anger he can become one of the greats for Newcastle United, we think he’s that good. Certainly his enthusiasm while heâ€™s been at Newcastle has been absolutely first class and by all accounts it’s contagious and has positively affected all the squad, as well as the staff.
Joey could well be a future captain for Newcastle – but first things first â€“ and Joey contributing to a win tomorrow night is next on the agenda.
Comments and opinions always very welcome.