Tuesday saw the return of Joey Barton to the starting line-up, but Nicky Butt was out injured, so Joey formed a more than useful partnership with Danny Guthrie, in the middle of the park, with Danny playing the defensive midfield role.
Joey Barton – hand on badge on Tuesday after scoring penalty
Danny hopes he can learn a lot from playing alongside the controversial England international.
Danny talked today about Joey Barton:
“Joey worked his socks off, got his penalty and that will make life a bit easier for him,” “He just wants to play football now.”
“You do hear managers say it’s good to have certain players in the dressing room, you can say that about Joey and Nicky Butt. I can learn off both.”
“The most important thing is we are getting players back now. The more players we have available, the better for the squad.”
“We had Jonás (Gutiérrez) back as well and that’s great for us all. To see players returning lifts the team.”
Danny is turning out to be a great buy for this club, and he already has racked up 9 appearances for Newcastle, and would have had 12 but for his sending off in the last minute of our first game without Kevin Keegan – against Hull City.
Danny has played very solidly for the team. Just watch when he plays how he hardly never gives the ball away – that’s one of his strengths and he plays the simple game – but that’s always the sign of a very good player, to play within himself and his abilities.
But Danny may be the one to miss out in midfield next Monday if Nicky Butt is fit, because we think Joe sees Barton and Butt as an excellent pair for us in the middle of the park.
If Danny does miss out he will be unlucky, but he’s young and has just a great attitude, and his time will come at Newcastle United, make no mistake about that.
We think we can field a very strong side next Monday evening against Villa, and that should be a great match. We are also expecting Ignacio Gutierrez to be very near a return to training, although we’ve heard nothing from the Newcastle medical staff on his condition.
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