Joey Barton has just been named in Newcastle’s reserve side to face Middlesbrough tonight, as the midfielder attempts to get some real match practice in, following his long lay-off out of the game.
Joey Barton – plays for Reserves tonight
Barton completed his six-match ban last night, that was handed down to him by The Football Association, as he watched 10 man Newcastle’s magnificent effort against Manchester City from the dug-out.
If Barton comes through the game in good shape we would expect him to be on the subs bench against Sunderland, and be introduced to very loud booing at some point during the game.
Willie McKay is Barton’s agent, and is convinced Joey has turned over a new leaf and only too ready to prove this on the field. Willie talked to the Daily Telegraph this morning:
”After what he’s been through, there’s no way he will be daunted by playing at Sunderland even though it is such a passionate fixture,”
”Joey’s disciplinary record hasn’t been too bad so if he is selected he will be ready to make a fresh start and everyone can be sure he will give 100 percent for the Newcastle cause and show what a valuable player he can be for the rest of the season.”
We will not speculate on whether Joey has turned a new leaf, but he will need to get his head down and keep out of trouble, because he has to be on zero tolerance at the club from now on.
Also included in the Reserves tonight is Gateshead striker Andy Carroll, who made an appearance last night at St. James’ Park, and David Edgar also gets a game under his belt.
18 year-old promising Hungarian defender Tamas Kadar also gets his first run out of the season after finally recovering from a knee injury he picked up way back in July.
We expect both Joe Kinnear and Chris Hughton to be at tonight’s game, where some very good young Newcastle talent will be on view. The KO time is 7:00 pm at Central Avenue, Billingham, and the very young Newcastle Reserves side will line up as follows:
Tim Krul, David Edgar, Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer, Callum Morris, Jonny Godsmark, Joey Barton, Mark Doninger, James Marwood, Nile Ranger, Andy Carroll.
Subs from: Darren Lough, Shane Ferguson, Michael McCrudden, Brad Inman, Sami Ameobi, Greg McDermott.