Joey Barton is now back playing for Newcastle United, which is good news for the many fans who believe Joey can make a big difference to the team.
While it will take him a couple more games to get back to his best, apparently against Reading he was one of Newcastleâ€™s top 3 players in terms of physical energy output, according to Sam Allardyce today (wonder how they measure that?).
Joey Barton – feeling his way back to his best form
Of course, as weâ€™ve all discussed this week, the Reading game was a huge disappointment for the fans, but the Newcastle players can restore the faith with a nice win tomorrow against Portsmouth. Pompey are a very good team under Harry Redknapp, and they have good away form, having won their last 4 games on the trot away from home.
They also have some very good players in their team, so we know it should also be a good game. Sam talked about Joey Barton to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œWe donâ€™t know how long itâ€™s going to be until Joey is at optimum performance level because I donâ€™t know him well enough yet. But physically against Reading he was in the top three of our players, so he has got there pretty quickly.â€
â€œHowever, technically and mentally, it might take a bit longer. I think he still needs to blow out the cobwebs in terms of first touch, passing the ball and getting his head up to see a pass. But, with his physical output, itâ€™s not going to take him very long to do that.â€
Joey seems to be busting a gut to get back to his best and show the Newcastle fans just how good he will be in the Newcastle shirt. It certainly didn’t take the fans long to appreciate Joey’s tremendous enthusiasm and Joey seems to just love the atmosphere at the club. If Joey can control his anger tantrums, we think he can become an eventual captain for Newcastle.
But for now it would be good to see Joey back somewhere near his best, and tomorrow would be a good time to start. Maybe he can even get his first goal for Newcastle against Pompey – that would be nice.