Joey Barton is back in training at Newcastle, and fans will hope he can come in, and help turn around the fortunes of Newcastle United, in the last crucial 5 games of the season.
Joey Barton – big chance to repay Newcastle fans
That would be something, as Joey himself has said more than once, that he wants to repay the Newcastle fans, most of whom stood by him during his incarceration in jail last summer.
But Joey has unfortunately been injured almost all of this season, but he could be ready for Portsmouth on Monday night, and if he can play even half a game, and make a difference, and help us win that game, that would be a good first down payment to Newcastle fans.
Alan Shearer talked today about Joey:
“Joey has had treatment all over the weekend and if everything goes well with him over the next few days, we might have him in full training on Thursday or Friday.”
“He can also run on and get past the forwards, which, with all due respect, Nicky Butt, who is 34, can’t do”
“He does well in other jobs that he does, but he can’t get past the forwards, and if Joey is there to do that, then it would free up some other players.”
One reason we like Alan is because he’s so straight forward and honest – shades of Kevin Keegan.
Barton has managed just 31 appearances since being signed two seasons ago by Sam Allardyce, and he has never settled in the side at Newcastle – not yet anyway.
Barton has just five starts this season, but if he can get fit and start the last four games of the season, that would be great, especially if he can provide the spark that our midfield seems to be badly missing.
There’s still talk of Joe Kinnear coming back once he’s healthy to resume as manager on Tyneside, but imagine what it would be like if the following scenario actually happens at Newcastle:
1) We get relegated
2) Alan Shearer leaves
3) Joe Kinnear resumes as manager
If that happens, then deep despair, doom and gloom will not be accurate enough to describe the dark mood that will prevail on Tyneside this summer, that’s for sure.