We’ve been watching Joey Barton this season, as he continued even last season to get into some trouble, especially with then manager Alan Shearer.
Joey Barton – did his bit yesterday
Joey came to Newcastle, when most fans wished he hadn’t, when Sam Allardyce signed him from Manchester City two years ago.
At that time City were only too happy to get rid of him, following a training ground incident involving fellow player, Frenchman Ousmane Dabo.
And then when he came to Newcastle it took him less than 6 months to get into more trouble, when on December 27th of that year, at 5:30 am in the morning in the Liverpool City Center, CCTV cameras caught him beating up a youngster.
For that offense, which happened while he was on Newcastle’s books, he was jailed, and served out his jail time in the summer of last year.
But so far this season, there have been no such despicable episodes, either on or off the field.
We noticed Joey put in a good solid performance against Leicester City a couple of weeks ago, and again yesterday, when he played very well indeed in Newcastle’s midfield, and showed the class that Newcastle have in their talented but tiny squad.
It’s not surprising that Joey looks good this season, because after all he was a good player in the Premier League.
We want more of this over this season from Joey, where it seems he should want to do his talking on the field.
We are hoping a more mature Joey Barton will emerge this season, and that will be good for both Joey and the Newcastle club.