Barton and Emre – Keys to Newcastle’s Success

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce was so pleased at the reception his first signing ever for Newcastle – Joey Barton – received on his first appearance at St James’ Park last night.

As we all know Joey has been out with a metatarsal injury since July 21st and it was his first competitive appearance for the Magpies. Joey must have been delighted at the reception he received from the Newcastle faithful last night.


Emre and Barton – our two smart lads can provide creativity in midfield

Sam Allardyce revealed the hairs on the back of Barton’s neck stood up when his very first signing – a bargain at £5.8M – replaced Emre. Emre was tiring a little but had a good game in the middle of the park and added some sparkle to the midfield last night.

We all know that Joey arrived at St James’ Park with some baggage, but Newcastle fans as usual, have been prepared to judge the player on what he does on the field. They have been impressed with Joey’s tremendous enthusiasm for the club, and the fact he seems to love it at Newcastle.

After the game a delighted Allardyce talked to the Evening Chronicle:

“That reception was the reason why Joey Barton came to Newcastle United.” “It is a tremendous lift for any player to run out on to the pitch and win a massive cheer, which made the hair stand up on the back of Joey’s neck.”

“It gets your adrenalin flowing and gets you straight into the game, which is exactly what happened.” “When Joey came on we were losing our heads a little bit and Emre was tiring, so it was a good changeover for us tactically.

“Joey was my first signing here and it was good to see him play, and I hope he goes a long time before anything like that injury happens to him again.”

Newcastle remain in 8th place in the table but are now just 2 points behind 4th placed Liverpool. Big Sam seemed enthusiastic after watching his team score 3 goals for the third game in a row at St James’s Park.  As usual though, the Newcastle boss was quick to add he thought the performance was a great team win.

Sam continued:

“We were delighted with the contribution of all the 14 players we used against Spurs.” “St James’s Park has become a bit of a fortress in terms of results and goals scored.”

“That is three games on the trot we have hit three goals at home and our record on this score at St James’ is bettered by only Arsenal and Portsmouth.”

“I have to say it is a start to the season which has pleased everybody here.”

Joey looked a bit rusty, and that’s not too surprising but he may just be the link, along with the talented Emre, to provide the engine room in the center of Newcastle’s midfield. That’s all that’s been missing this season and the attack and defense are starting to really look the part.

We’ll be able to tell better at Reading on Saturday, where another 3 points is up for grabs. Getting those 3 points is really all that matters on Saturday, however we can do it.  We’re sure Sam has already got his game plan for victory in place for that game.

Comments very welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Howie

    Oct 23, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #1

    i really hope emre is successful as i have always liked him as a player so lets hope sam can keep him fit and he will be key as will joey barton who i think is a key player for us once fully fit

  • joe

    Oct 23, 2007 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #2

    I know many have been advocates of a midfield consisting of zog, barton, emre, and milner.. since they are our best players in midfield. However i think we would definitely get run over frequently as there isnt much muscle in there. Just look at tottenham their main problem lies in midfield where their inability to boss a game as well as provide cover for the back for is becoming blatantly obvious. I mean come on, even a championship side would be able to bully a midfield of bale, jenas, tanio, and lennon. All flair no hardmen.

  • Benoz

    Oct 23, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #3

    at the moment we have 2 holding midfielders (Geremi, Butt) and 2 attacking midfielders (Emre, Barton) we can sometimes get away with 2 attacking midfielders but not 2 holding ones

  • true

    Oct 23, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #4

    I can see barton doing a roy Kean or better still A bryan Robson roll for us under the watchfull eyes of big sam, now wouldnt that be good

  • Chris F

    Oct 23, 2007 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Joe – sorry, but with barton in midfield you don’t see any hard men?


    seriously tho, i think barton and emre is the way to go, barton at city played the way scott parker should have played for us, box to box and always in the thick of it.

    i’m still not convinced he’s a good signing, with the court case, etc, but i hope he plays well on the field.

  • Hammy

    Oct 23, 2007 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #6

    I’d like to see Barton and Emre in the middle, I think Barton is mobile enough to go forward and defend……hard men? anybody can go around chopping people down and “look hard” but can they play football?
    I think David Batty was an exception, he was pretty tough and he could play a bit too, unfortunately he was in the twilight of his career when he joined the toon, but I think Barton is in a similar mould but has his best years ahead of him IMO. Let’s give them a chance boys’ eh?

  • Dirk

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #7

    i lik our current midfield i think we need another 1 or 2 o add lik the rm were we only got milner. peronally i dont think barton and emre would work, i think either barton or emre with butt is good (i dont rate geremi at all) i think butt should b captain and he is gr8 at holdin midfield for us leaving either emre or barton to roam free.

  • adam

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #8

    theres a great competition for places in the centre of midfield, because butt has stepped up, emre and barton are coming back and smith will come back from suspension. im glad we’re playing 4 4 2 again

  • PK-Noreay

    Oct 23, 2007 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Duff-Barton-Emre-Zog…enough said.

    Rite now i think this is the best midfield we can get.Duff in form and Barton as the “hardman*”,well i think Butt did well against tottenham,but Baron i think will be more like Roy Keane..and thats enough as long as we have Emre besides him.Emre worked hard…

  • leo

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #10

    yeah i cant wait for reading, i wont be going for my ususal prediction of a soft midfield of attacking players
    my line out atm would be


    beye faye cacapa enrique

    geremi butt emre nzogbia



    might put faye into the middle of the park with rozehnal playing CB and Butt going on the bench, but the form he is in that wont be happening.

    there is such strong competition for places its ‘magnific’

  • azza jones

    Oct 24, 2007 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #11

    I think butt has been one of our best. Faye & Cacapa will be starting as long as we keep winning…..

    Nicky Butt or Cacapa should have been captain….I was really surprised that zog was replaced, I think Geremi should have made way. Butt has been better than geremi this season, and geremi is not a wide player! I hate that geremi is in the team just because he is captain!……..

    Maybe for away games hes combat skills are good when we lead but at home we should have our creative players on….

  • Kein

    Oct 24, 2007 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #12

    What about smith..? He has played in every match and usually in midfield..I would put smith on the bench and start with emre and butt, but Big Sam likes him alot (and apparently Ashley too..). Barton could be used as a sub to emre or we are losing he could replace butt..When barton gets fully fit, he should start with butt..if butt can keep his form of course..

  • Magpie Neil

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Smith is shit


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