Joey Barton has made an injury ravaged start to his Newcastle career and has so far played only 3 competitive games for the club. He is yet to hit his best form.
Joey started excellently for the club in pre-season before breaking his foot in the second pre-season friendly game at Carlisle on July 21st.
The broken foot took much longer to heal than was first forecast, and Joey is till trying to get back to full match fitness.
Joey Barton - determined to get full fit as soon as possible
Joey told nufc.co.uk yesterday:
â€œI do not think I am fit at the minute. Some people have got a couple of days off over the weekend, but I will be in and doing a bit extra.â€
â€œI definitely do not feel 100% â€“ as a matter of fact, I feel far from it, and it is important for me to get back to that level and then I can start to stamp my authority on this team and on this football club.â€
â€œAt the minute, I just need to get fit and this is a good opportunity for me now to do it. It is just the final touches now, just the match sharpness and a little bit of explosiveness. Hopefully once I get that, I will be back to somewhere near my best.â€
The midfielder also seems to be a little disappointed at Newcastleâ€™s form of late and of course in the last 3 games we have only gained a single point at Sunderland last Saturday. Joey believes that when you look at the strengths of the Sunderland and Newcastle squads, Newcastle should have been able to collect all 3 points on Saturday.
â€œWe have been lucky up to now, but that has to stop. You cannot really put your finger on why. Everyone is soul-searching to try to find out.â€
â€œWith all due respect to Sunderland, when you look at the two team sheets, we should be blowing them out of the water.â€
â€œFor some reason, that is not happening at the minute. But everyone is looking at themselves and at what they can add to it and hopefully, it starts happening sooner rather than later.â€
It’s true that Joey needs to get back to his best quickly. Our next game against Liverpool at St. James Park on 24th November (KO 12:45 pm), will need some heroes in the black and white shirts. We hope Joey can produce his best for that game, but we’ll needs lots of Newcastle’s players to start showing their very best form shortly, if we are to start picking up the points we need through the end of the year.