Kevin Keegan has told Joey Barton that in Nicky Butt he has someone he can learn from.
Joey Barton – can learn a lot from Nicky Butt
There’s no doubt in the last five games that Nicky Butt and Joey Barton have both been playing extremely well and have made the 4-3-3 formation work very well.
Kevin Keegan talked to the Newcastle journal this morning:
â€œNicky will be here next year,â€ â€œIn Nicky Butt Joeyâ€™s got someone he can learn from because eventually Joey will play that position, but not for a few years.â€
Kevin looked at Nicky Butt’s game and thinks it has developed in a similar way that Alan Ball’s game developed. Alan of course was in the 1966 world cup winning side and Kevin played with him at Southampton.
â€œNicky puts a big workload in but Alan Ball once said, â€˜When I was young I worked up and down the pitch, when I got to 36, 37, 38 I worked across it because itâ€™s smaller,â€™â€
â€œButty works across the pitch and he just ties us all together. I think Joeyâ€™s the one who can forage on runs because he enjoys that too.â€
There’s no doubt Kevin Keegan has started to get the very best out of most of the squad he inherited, and it’s interesting that the players seem to love playing for King Kev. Of course one big factor that makes a manager great is his motivational qualities, and Kevin certainly has been blessed with plenty of that.
Joey’s had a difficult season but he is now starting to play his best football at Newcastle and looking like what he is – a very good player indeed. Joey should be even better next season, assuming he is not found guilty in his upcoming court case.
What would happen then, we have no idea.