Barton Getting Back to his Best


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 Newcastle’s top 3 players in terms of physical energy output, according to Sam Allardyce today (wonder how they measure that?).

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Joey Barton – feeling his way back to his best form

Of course, as we’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:

“We don’t know how long it’s going to be until Joey is at optimum performance level because I don’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.”

“However, 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, it’s not going to take him very long to do that.”

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.

Comments welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Nov 2, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    they measure it by using sensors which measure their heart rate.. sam experimented or started this in the warm up games leading to the premier league… they can really catch a player who’s not putting much effort running, or can be used to know if the player is tiring and needs to be subbed.. good technological advancements though.. luque would hav loved this..!!

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  • yemozone

    Nov 2, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    It is unfortunate for him to start his nufc carrier with injury

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  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 2, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #3

    so they do wear sensors during the game ? fascinating.

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  • Dingo

    Nov 2, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Erm actually the sensors are banned in Premiership Matches….. but Sam uses special cams to pick up how far each player has run during the game, they do have a name but I just got up and me brain is still drunk so I cant remember summink zone i think….. They are allowed to wear the sensors for friendlies though as in the pre season fixtures.

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  • Kash

    Nov 2, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #5

    PRO Zone

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  • ssdd

    Nov 2, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #6

    it is Prozone mate =)

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  • Dingo

    Nov 2, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #7

    thats the badger… PROzone!!! cheers Kash/ssdd

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  • Leo

    Nov 2, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #8

    thats good to hear that technological advances are being made, how come they arnt allowed during the real matches?

    yeah lacklust luque would have hated staying and playing under alardyce.

    did anyone see premierleague world show which had jimmy milner stevie harper and sam the dudly destroyer playing darts at a special event at st james i think?

    was class

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  • exi

    Nov 2, 2007 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #9

    How’s the dabo case going?

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  • Chris M

    Nov 2, 2007 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Exi – i hear he’s gonna dabo a cigaro into his chopso at the next given chance

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