Joey Barton Not Available for Liverpool

Newcastle United have failed in their bid to get legal clearance for Joey Barton to play against Liverpool on Saturday.


Joey Barton – not available for Saturday

It turns out that under the restrictions of his bail, the Liverpool born midfielder is not able to visit Liverpool, the city where his altercation occurred just after Christmas.

In fact Barton is due to be in front of magistrates in Liverpool next week on an assault charge. This follows his latest incident outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Liverpool city center on December 27th.

Apparently Barton was in court on Monday in an attempt to get a judge to lift the restriction. The plea apparently was flatly turned down, which is hardly surprising.

There’s nothing like having your own troubles in a time when Newcastle are starting to look at a big relegation fight on their hands.

So Kevin Keegan will need to look at other midfield options for Saturday. It still looks like Emre may not be fit yet again and Kevin could do worse than play young Charles N’Zogbia in central midfield. Charles likes playing there, and certainly could provide some drive in midfield for us.

Turkish international Emre has not played since the 4-1 defeat by Aston Villa on February 9th. He has a niggling injury similar to Viduka and Emre is out with a calf injury while Mark still has a slight hamstring problem.

Emre’s absence in particular has been a a big problem for Keegan as Kevin sees Emre creating the chances for his front two.  This is not a good time to have these players unavailable to the team.

Comments very welcome.

29 comments so far

  • staffsmag

    Mar 5, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    no real loss !!!

  • Ian

    Mar 5, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2


  • Kash2

    Mar 5, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Thank GOD because he’s proper shit!!!!!

    Hopefully Kazenga might get the nod and maybe Carrol to come on for half an hour up top with Owen/Martins.

    My line up

    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
    Kazenga Butt N’Zogbia Duff
    Owen Martins

    Let Butt sit deep and play short passes. Keep Kazenga and Duff wide on the flanks and let N’Zogbia run through the middle. Loads of pace!!!

  • Ausgeordie

    Mar 5, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    No if only Smith was injured saving a cat from a tree so we could farewell him with happiness.

  • Eric

    Mar 5, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    It still worries me about KK’s selection policy.
    It worries me that an attempt was even made to enable the ‘Tricky Dickie’ Barton to play. Great that he can’t – that still leaves us with the prospect of Butt and Smith dropping us deeper in the shite. Alright they are not KK’s players, but he has got to get it into his head they are not ours either! KK, you have had enough games now to see that Butt, Smith, Barton, Carr etc are NOT ON OUR SIDE.

  • cooldj

    Mar 5, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6


  • Leo

    Mar 5, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #7

    cant complain. i didnt realise that the fight (altication) happened infront of macdonalds, he was obviously just fighting over who gets in the que first

  • andyc290

    Mar 5, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #8

    I must admit that the effort Barton has been putting in since xmas has been piss poor and his all round game has been pretty crap BUT he is the only central midfielder we have got who can play a good ball through the middle to our strikers (see Blackburn Owen chances) and i think this one part of his game is something we have been lacking all season and that is why Keegan wants him in there. Its a case of best of a very bad bunch, who we gunna play in there if not him, emre injured, duff and zog no good in middle, geremi is a joke, butt has next to no attacking ability. You can see Keegans predicament.

  • Leo

    Mar 5, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #9

    yeah his thru balls were impressive but his effort has been piss poor, i cant understand why our central two always get the ball and are instantly under the cosh from the other team, does our team not communicate to eachother…

  • Graham

    Mar 5, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Good – now bring in this Diatte and push Faye into midfield for Saturday against Gerrard


    Mar 5, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Graham- hopefully Gerrard will be rested ahead of their Inter match the following tuesday.

  • Rich

    Mar 5, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Team i would play for Liverpool:

    Beye Cacapa Faye Enrique

    Milner Butt Emre NZogbia

    Owen Martins

    Subs: Forster, Taylor, LuaLua, Smith, Duff

    If emre is not fit id play N Zogbia in central midfield and move Duff into the left wing.

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 5, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s just a pity it’s not Smith or Butt who can’t play…As someone rightly said, at least Barton has a thru-ball, more than can be said of Smith…
    …Also, why not play Diatta at the back & push Faye up to def-mid, drop Butt, AXE Smith…
    …I also feel Zog can play CML rather than wide left, as he links up well with Duff!..

  • Dunc

    Mar 5, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #14

    He should be dropped full time as this offers no continuity to the 1st team.

    It also gives a bad impression to other players when he goes out fighting on the beer and then still walks back into the 1st team.

    And worst of all it affects his football. I have no doubt that he has some talent but, is this the Joey Barton we used to see when he was playing well for Shhh-itty City?

    My first player out in the summer!!!!

    GET RID KEV!!!!! He’s proved time and again that there is no point standing by him.
    He will just make a Joker out of you (AGAIN)

  • geordie_jordan

    Mar 5, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #15

    smith will still play 🙁 young lua lua wont sniff the 1st team this year

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 5, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Atm he won’t be able to play in the Everton game either, what a shame ! lol

  • Hadji

    Mar 5, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #17

    As much as i don’t like him as a person i will miss him agains Liverpool.Give him a chance guys,he still hasn’t showed his real qualities.
    How many more players are we gonna lose before we realize that we are unpatient.
    Andy Cole,Distin,Jon Dal Tomason,Saha,
    Not every player is RVN,Torres to leave immediate impact in his first season in his new club.

  • Hadji

    Mar 5, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Its not just him,the whole team is playing bad.
    With the chemistry we have at the moment even Kaka and Ronaldinho would look average.

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 5, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Kaka did look kaka last night tho’, didn’t he?..

  • Hadji

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #20

    No he didn’t cause he came back from a minor injury.
    Just look at Tim Cahill,average player playing great cause the whole team of Everton is playing excellent.
    Once we rediscover our winning me everybody will start scoring…even Carr

  • scott9

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #21

    dont see while your all so happy barton is a fantastic footballer and has great vision and a footballing brain he played to great balls in to owen against balckburn in which owen would have scored any other day everyone compalines at barton for spending to long on the ball and loosing it but if he aint got the options he cant pass it

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #22

    I wouldn’t call Cahill average, he’s defo better than average mate…Everton are doin’ well ‘cos they’re settled with moyes bein’ there for years!..
    …Don’t know about kakas’ injury problems, but anyway, he couldn’t break down the gooners defense!..

  • Hadji

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #23

    ”Bein there for years” now you’re talkin mate.
    That’s my whole point,we need to show that attitude aswell instead booing our players which is killing their selfconfidence.

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Y’damn right Hadji, we gotta support the lads now like never before!..

  • briss

    Mar 5, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #25

    i dont know how most of you think that barton is shite. how many chances did he give owen last weekend? i know that his personality is prob the worst you can ask for but i mean he’s miles better of cm than Butt and thats a fact! if he would have stayed out of trouble this season he would be getting alot of praise right now. we have some real problems at the cm possition for this weekend tho. is butt injured too?

  • stumpofthetoon

    Mar 5, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #26

    barton us utter shite he prob is thinking about going to jail or something his head is in a bad place . wich is worying why is he getting picked against blackburn he was supper shit eny other team would have draged him of at half time

  • Obafan

    Mar 5, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #27

    Well thius is good news; Barton might have played a couple of good games for City, not for us, he just is not playing good so he won’t be missed.

    The question now is how will KK solve this problem. We all know Smith is not a midfielder, even not a striker IMO, but I would bet that KK will play Smith in the midfield. This turns the good news into very bad news, cause I’d prefer Barton above Smith, even tho’ he is a fool.

    Does anybody know how good that new Senegalese defender is???

    My team would be:
    Beye – Faye – Cacapa – Enrique
    Duff – Butt – Emre (if fit) – N’Zogbia
    Owen – Martins

    KK his team will be:
    Beye – Taylor – Faye – Enrique
    Milner – Butt – Smith – Duff
    Owen – Martins

    This will turn us very weak in center of the midfield. Hope Liverpool will take it easy because of the Inter game, but I doubt it 🙁 .

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 5, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Faye could play mf even Geremi.

  • hanzemre

    Mar 6, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #29

    Barton did just fine last game a bit better than his usual crap so did Butt. Pity he won’t show up for the next, so for Liverpool how about we put Geremi & Butt (if needed N’Zogbia’d coming in 2n half) to strengthen the middle. Counterattack from both flanks could do us better chance of scoring.


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