Joe Kinnear has come out today with the rather surprising news that Joey Barton could well be out injured until March.
Joey Barton – out until Match?
Joe will need to scour Europe and even down in the Championship League for players who are good enough to play in the center of the park for Newcastle, and it would be good if he can bring in some young players, who are on their way up.
Joe said today:
“I think Joey’s pretty much two months away (from playing),” “He’s got to get himself back in shape, hasn’t he?”
“I know they’re saying he’ll be ready to start training in six weeks but I think he’ll need at least another two or three weeks after that. We’re probably looking at March before he comes back into the side.”
“That’s a big blow. It’s more serious than we actually thought. It means we’ll be looking for a midfielder in the transfer window now.”
Barton was initially said to be coming back in mid-January, and at that time everything looked good because Joey didn’t need an operation, but it looks like there was some poor judgement there as Joe continued:
“He hasn’t needed surgery but because of the delicacy of where the surgery is, it’s taking longer than we anticipated for it to perfectly knit together,”
Joe Kinnear admitted yesterday he might have to look to the Championship for bargains, rather than spending big money, because Mike Ashley will not invest too much money, given the uncertainty of his ownership of the club.
But on the bright side, we think there are some decent bargains in that league and some excellent up and coming youngsters. No club will be spending big money in January, and even Man City have said they will only go after players Mark Hughes has identified and they will not pay over the odds for them (as they did for Robinho).
Clubs will be wary of spending big money because of the terrible world-wide credit crunch going on.
“The credit crunch will play a major role in transfer window activity,”
“Whatever price is thrown out there everyone is going back with half that amount. Plus we have seen so many clubs that are up for sale.”
That may even help Newcastle in their quest for new players, but one thing is for certain, and that is the January transfer window will be extremely important for Newcastle United this season.
If we can do as well as we did in the transfer market in the summer, we may even end up having a decent season, and that would be very satisfactory given what we’ve all been through so far this year.
Onward and upward.