Joe Kinnear is certainly happy to have Joey Barton back in Newcastle’s midfield, and believes the Liverpudlian can be a big player for Newcastle United, as they prepare for the relegation battle which lies ahead, for a third season on the trot.
Joey Barton – key player for Newcastle United
The former Manchester City captain played the full match against Carlisle United behind-closed-doors at the club’s training ground on Tuesday.
Joe Kinnear feels that Joey is the sort of player Newcastle will need in their run-in to the league this season:
“Having Joey back is a big bonus,”
“I thought it was important to give him a run out at Blackburn and then again in Tuesday’s game with Carlisle.”
“He has a great desire to win and is a box-to-box midfielder who will give his all.”
“He could be a very important player for us between now and the end of the season.”
We need quite a few of our players to find their very best form, if the club is to actually avoid the drop this season, which looms larger than at any time since we entered the Premier League in 1993.