Joey Barton Can Be Newcastle United Great

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 Joey’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 – 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. James’ 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 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.” “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 he’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 he’ll take it – 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 – 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 – you can be great for this club.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Nick C

    Oct 26, 2007 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope u r right. My only concern is that I felt that Scotty Parker would be an NUFC great. I reckon u should give it a bit of time b4 u talk of “greatness”

  • Chris F

    Oct 26, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #2

    it’s too early to even imagine what barton could be like for us in the future.

    he may be a decent player, but he has to prove himself at newcastle still, and there’s still that ever-looming threat of his court case.

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 26, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Well since Sam hasn’t made his mind up on the team yet, I’ll give it a bash 🙂


    Beye, Rozehnal, Cacapa, Enrique

    Milner, Faye, Emre, Zog

    Smith, Martins

    Harper, Owen, Barton, Geremi, Taylor

    I’d give Butt a bit of a break since he travels so much between training/games to manchester and back. He probably won’t move up unless Sam offers him a contract so has opted to keep his family there. Interesting that he hasn’t asked Sam for a transfer to be close to his family.

  • Bill f

    Oct 26, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #4

    I’ll bet you any money that Sam knows exactly what his team is going to be. probably very close to yours Craig but don’t be surprised if Owen starts with Smith playing for Milner.

  • Bill f

    Oct 26, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Sorry rethink, Geremi for Milner.

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 26, 2007 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #6

    You right Bill, he’d probably start Geremi on the right.

  • Magpie Neil

    Oct 26, 2007 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Neither Geremi or Smith should be playing wide right!!!

  • Magpie Neil

    Oct 26, 2007 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #8

    My team would be:





    Barton on for Emre after 60-70 minutes. Maybe Geremi on for Milner or N’Zogbia to pack out the midfield in the final stages of the game if we are leading.

  • Magpie Neil

    Oct 26, 2007 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Also Owen on for Martins in last 10 minutes to keep Mr enthusiasm happy!

  • valle

    Oct 26, 2007 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #10





    Owen will start instead of Martins, thankfully im almost certain that Big Sam agree with me on this one… Martins needs to work more on his game before he could ever be considered before a fully fit Owen.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 26, 2007 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Spot on Valle, my thought exactly, only difference is, i think that Emre will start instead of Barton.

  • Brisbane Mag

    Oct 26, 2007 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Barton reminds me so much of Tony Green from the 70’s, who in one season with Newcastle “only” was brilliant…..

    Hopefully, we’ll have Barton for many more years and he’ll proove himself how good he is and if he’s a legend!

  • Bill f

    Oct 26, 2007 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Naah, I reckon a leaner more skilled Jimmy Scoular. Now that would be something.

  • leo

    Oct 26, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #14

    isnt it great how supporting nufc is a infectious thing, happened to mike ashley and also to joey barton… and next will be dimitar berbatov woo

  • Bill f

    Oct 26, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Leo, a sick lot aint we, but in a good way. you posed the question re Juninho would he come to us a bit back. I think he would but not till Lyon are out of Europe and providing we look likely to be in it. I reckon we are starting to look like a good proposition for foreign players and the management (at all levels) are providing the impetous. Good times are coming.

  • valle

    Oct 26, 2007 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Toonking… Yah i chose that one with my heart but in my head i know ur right since Barton isnt quite there yet.

  • leo

    Oct 26, 2007 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #17

    its true, a bug and we’ve all caught it.

    more contagous than foot and mouth


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