Joey Can Learn Lots From Team-Mate

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:

“Nicky will be here next year,” “In Nicky Butt Joey’s got someone he can learn from because eventually Joey will play that position, but not for a few years.”

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.

Kevin continued:

“Nicky puts a big workload in but Alan Ball once said, ‘When I was young I worked up and down the pitch, when I got to 36, 37, 38 I worked across it because it’s smaller,’”

“Butty works across the pitch and he just ties us all together. I think Joey’s the one who can forage on runs because he enjoys that too.”

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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Leo

    Apr 17, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #1

    he can learn alot from present on form butty, but please dont learn his passing ability, i mean he can pull gems off every now and then but his passing has never been his strong bit, considering at man u he has giggs beckham keane and scholes to come get the ball off him when he makes the tackle rather than him making through balls im not suprised.

    joey and geremi i guess have been doing more of this in recent games because they have been going getting the ball off butt and pushing up the field.

  • ehssi

    Apr 17, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Joey is a better player now that butt was 6 years ago, they are very different players. Joey is very like scholes, a master in the midfield =).


    Apr 17, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Totally off the point here but have we been linked at all with Mauro Zarate currently on loan at birmingham.The man looks a class act and definately the attacking midfielder we have been looking for.

  • John

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4

    is keegan after takendrugs before the interview…He’s legend..Dont get me wrong but im sure he meant Butt could learn a lot from Barton

  • shearer4pm

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #5


    thats pretty much a stunning goal, good work

  • Spot The Zebra

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    These seemingly “run of the mill” comments from KK were probably only intended to give journalists a story to put in their papers today.Im sure Barton will play in Butts position eventually but with nothing else much to say Keegan probably thought he would use the opportunity to praise his players up once again.
    Zarate is a very good player and with Birmingham City being unlikely to afford the rumoured £15-19 million asking price itll be interesting to see if Keegan may be tempted.It would also show how far Mike Ashley is prepared to back KK financially if he was interested in such a player.Unlike the likes of Thierry Henry this young Argentinian is unlikely to be put off by Newcastle United not having qualified for Europe so no excuses there.

  • Stamford Toon

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #7

    What Barton needs to learn most is how to behave off the field. I don’t recall hearing anything bad about Butt outside football. If Barton can grow up off the field he will be all the better on it and then worth keeping. Any more ‘incidents’ then he should go. He has been very lucky that NUFC has been so patient with him (or is it just a case of hoping not to lose too much money?)

  • Davies

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #8

    He’ll be a proper asset when he sorts himself out. He and Sir Kicky have totally different games, but if Joey can pick up some of the ball robbing skills Butt has shown in the last five games (which I think he is starting to) he’ll be more than a handful.

    Let’s just hope that he can stay out of jail and learn to behave like an adult off the pitch.

  • Thomas

    Apr 17, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #9

    I think he means learning from Butt in the sense learning to keep his mouth shut and let the football do the talking. And of course, keeping the fists out of sight

  • ende

    Apr 17, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Butt: “Now Joey, see I take the cigar to my lips, take a nice puff and exhale. Notice how the other end never comes close to another player’s eye!”


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