News last night that Joey Barton will make his return to the first team today against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, as a substitute.
Joey Barton – on subs bench today at Arsenal
And Joey’s inclusion, with that of Shola Ameobi, shows how Newcastle are already down to the bare bones of their squad, and it’s only their 4th game of the season.
Shola failed a medical, which derailed his proposed move to Ipswich Town last week, because of a hamstring injury, but he still included on the bench.
Kevin told the Newcastle Journal today:
“I’ve got three kids to make up my 17 so I’ve got 14 senior players available and two of those, Joey Barton and Shola Ameobi will be on the bench,”
“Joey is in the squad ahead of schedule, it’s probably a week to 10 days earlier than is ideal, but common sense will prevail with him, we just needed to have seven subs.”
Kevin will attend an FA disciplinary hearing this coming Friday, to try to help his player Joey Barton, and he would not be surprised if Joey is suspended for a number of games, after admitting to assault on his former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo during a training-ground incident last May.
“We don’t know what is going to happen on September 5. A group of people have got to sit down at the FA and do whatever they’ve got to do.”
“Some people think he might get 15 games, which sounds ridiculous, but it wouldn’t be unbelievable if he got a few games.”
“His frame of mind is good though, there is no problem there. It’s quicker than we wanted, but he’s not going to start, he’s only going to play for 10 or 15 minutes at most.”
The last thing we wanted before the end of the transfer window is to lose players which we did yesterday, rather dramatically with James Milner.
But Keegan probably has been promised one or two additional players in to compensate for that, with the ?10M we received from the deal, but the recruitment team led by Dennis Wise now has only 2 days to bring in new players, and right now, as witnessed by the youngsters who will be on the bench today, our strength in depth is just not there.