Kevin Keegan has acknowledged that Joey Barton is starting to play up to his top form, in spite of his well documented off field problems.
Joey Barton – had a great game on Sunday
Keegan now feels that the Liverpool born England international has matured into a fine all-round performer, and Keven was delighted with his display in the extremely impressive win at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan told the Newcastle United official website.
“As the game went on he just got stronger and stronger,” “I said to him afterwards, ‘That’s the best I have seen you play’.”
“He had some very good games for me at Manchester City but I don’t think I have ever seen him as outstanding as that.”
“He was winning tackles, bursting forward and picking out passes and it was his work which set up Oba (Martins) for the fourth goal.”
“And credit to him, he has got some problems off the field which are well documented, but he has come in and trained properly and worked hard and is reaping the rewards now.”
We’re not sure what will happen in June when Joey’s trial comes up where he is charged with assault against his former Manchester City team mate Ousmane Dabo.
But it sure looks like Joey can be a top player if he can control his anger tendencies, once he has had a drink. Everybody likes to see people overcome their demons, which we all have, and the Newcastle fans are no doubt hoping that Joey can go on to bigger and better things at the club.
But first of all he has to face his trial in June and continue to get counseling that will help him personally.
If he can do these things, he has a fine career ahead of him at Newcastle United, that’s a near certainty. And many people at the club, like Kevin Keegan the manager, are only too happy to help him through this.
But only Joey can grasp this huge opportunity he has in front of him, with both hands.
We really hope he does just that.