One problem player Kevin Keegan has had to handle when he arrived back at Newcastle was Joey Barton.
Joey Barton – fantastic fitness
Barton had a good game against West Ham in the 2-2 draw at Upton Park last Saturday, and he made Oba’s goal by putting the ball straight through to the Nigerian. That goal from Martins ignited Newcastle’s comeback from 2-0 down, and a header from Geremi had us all square at the break.
Kevin Keegan talked about Joey today to the Evening Chronicle:
â€œI just thought Joey kept going against West Ham last Saturday.” â€œWhen some around him were finding it tough, he just kept going.”â€œHe has got a terrific engine on him.” â€œI always think Joey gets more into a game as it progresses.”
â€œYou know at 70 or 80 minutes, heâ€™s still going to be making the same runs.” â€œHeâ€™s still got the same determination and fitness levels.”
â€œLike Oba, he gives us something that nobody else does.” â€œAnd if youâ€™ve got a lot of players giving you something that nobody else does, and put it together and work hard, sometimes you can fashion a great team out of it.â€
Joey is another player who Kevin has somehow got the very best out of, since he arrived back in January. There’s no doubt Joey has skills galore, but it’s his temperament which is the worrying thing about him, and we have no idea what will happen when he goes to Court in late June to face charges of assault.
The result of that trial will decide what Joey’s future at Newcastle will be. We hope he gets through it OK, but if he’s found guilty he will have to pay for his stupid ways of the past.
As far as this afternoon is concerned, we expect Barton to put in another top display for the team.