Sam Allardyce admitted today he has not yet decided if Joey Barton will make his full debut at Reading this weekend but points out that Joey will not be out of the starting line up for too long.
Sam is obviously an admirer of Joeyâ€™s play and it may be that he puts Joey in the starting line up tomorrow afternoon or at the very least gives him a full half tomorrow â€“ probably the latter.
This could be the start of a great career for Joey who seems to have everything. Discipline and temperament are the only question marks for the Liverpool born midfielder.
Joey Barton – has skill, enthusiasm and work ethic to be Newcastle great – temperament is only question
The 25-year-old Barton received a great reception from the St. Jamesâ€™ Park faithful when he made his debut against Spurs on Monday night. Joey has admitted the hairs were standing up on the back of his night he was so surprised (and delighted) at his reception.
No doubt about it, but the stage is set for Joey to become a big favorite and a big player fro Newcastle United. Joey comes with a lot of baggage because of his previous behavior, but everyone loves a lad who can overcome adversity and Joey has a big opportunity to do just that at his new club. Joey has also made it clear that he just loves the club, and his enthusiasm has been infectious.
And Big Sam believes that the Newcastle faithful will be proved right in taking big time to Joey, even before he kicked a ball in competition for the world famous Newcastle United club.
Sam talked to nufc.co.uk today:
“One of the things about midfield today is the all-round ability to do a bit of everything that is needed to be the complete midfield player,”
“I think that Joey has a little bit of everything in his make-up to be a highly competitive midfield player in hopefully what is going to be a top-class Premier League football club in the future.
“His energy levels are fantastic. He achieves a huge amount of output both in and out of possession.â€ “He can tackle – although he can be erratic at times – he can head a ball, he can certainly pass the ball, and to boot he also scores goals.
“I think he’s got the lot, and hopefully if he gets the opportunity to put the Newcastle shirt on from the start he keeps it.
“In fact I hope soon that every Newcastle player who has the shirt is looking over his shoulder and knowing if they do not perform to their best they will have that shirt taken off them.”
But Allardyce admits that Barton may have to wait for his full Newcastle debut, adding:
“I have not made my mind up whether Joey Barton will start against Reading or not.
“In fact I haven’t made my mind up on the team yet.”
In all honesty we cannot wait for Joey to start showing his skills in the center of the Newcastle midfield. If Barton plays like he did in pre-season heâ€™s going to be an automatic choice as a starter for the club. When you remember we also have Emre fighting it out for a midfield place, and showing he can turn a game in 15 minutes, then the future for our midfield looks a lot brighter than it did a few weeks back.
Joey has to realize he has the biggest opportunity of his career and young life at Newcastle. We think heâ€™ll take it â€“ but there is no margin for error in his on-field or off-field behavior. The only question mark that surrounds young Joey is his discipline and temperament. If he can take control of those two and keep on the straight and narrow â€“ his success is almost guaranteed. But we think he understands that completely these days. We also think Joey can be successful.
All the best Joey â€“ you can be great for this club.