Bad boy Joey Barton has given Chris Hughton some welcome news today by declaring himself fit for Newcastle United’s home game against Leicester City on Monday night.
Joey Barton – fit for Monday
The midfielder has missed the club’s last three games with a foot problem.
However, amid a mini injury crisis that may deprive Newcastle of three of their four strikers for Monday night’s game, at least Joey is now fit to play.
Hughton told the Shields Gazette today:
“Joey will be fit for Leicester City,” “We haven’t seen much of him this season, but with some of the problems we’ve had of late, it’s always good to have somebody you can bring back in.”
“There’s no doubt Joey’s a good player, and you’d rather have him in the squad.” “What he’s had is a period at this club where he’s missed games through injury, and had to come back. With everything else that went on, it was a frustrating time for him.”
“But all we can do is talk about now, and at this moment he’s fit, and we are pleased to have him fit. He wants an opportunity to be on the football pitch.”
“Joey’s always good around the place. Most people who witness how he behaves know that he’s generally enthusiastic.” “He is sometimes over-enthusiastic, but that’s something you have with Joey.”
“He’s always an enthusiastic trainer, but he’s got the same characteristics as most players – he gets frustrated when things aren’t going so well.”
The Newcastle club needs Joey Barton to behave himself, both on and off the field this season, and there’s been some reports he’s caused some trouble in the squad behind the scenes.
But the fact the team has started so well, and Joey is a good player, there’s no doubt about that, and that Chris has brought the lads together, may just help persuade him to mend his ways and really contribute to Newcastle’s promotion effort this season.
Hope so, anyway.