Joey Barton Will Be Like A New Signing

Joey Barton has returned to full time training with the Newcastle first team.

Joey Barton – back a week on Saturday?

And it looks like Joey could be ready to return to the squad for the game at Swansea, on Saturday, 13th January.

So Joey is not too far away from being ready to play, although he will need a few games to get his sharpness back.

Newcastle manager Hughton told the Evening  Chronicle today:

“Joey Barton is ready to return to training with the first team.”“He’s a lad that has not played any first-team football for five months.”

“And we’re aware of that, which means he won’t be ready for the next two games at least.

“We’ll see where we are with him.” “But for Joey now it is just getting back into the swing of things in training.”

Joey was out about 4 months with another foot injury – his third while he’s been at Newcastle.

With the complete lack of creativity in the Newcastle team on Saturday, Joey is coming back at a good time.

But Newcastle’s lack-luster  performance on Saturday night could be because  Chris played both Butt and Smith in central midfield – far too defensively minded in our opinion – especially when Leicester were reduced to 10 men after just 29 minutes.

We’d like to see young Danny Guthrie be given a chance in his natural position in central midfield, and also a Smith – Barton central midfield partnership could also be very good.

Joey has a chance to really contribute to Newcastle’s run-in and we have to hope he comes through big time for the Tyneside club in the next four crucial months.

We hear he’s dying to contribute to the side – and that’s good to hear.

Howay The Lads!!

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74 comments so far

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 2, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #1

    “Joey Barton Will Be Like A New Signing”

    Shame he is still the same old Joey Barton!

  • NewcastleMole

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #2

    He’s spent more time Injured, Banned or in Jail than he has playing for the club. In the last 2 seasons he’s played “15 Games”.

    Each of the 38 games he has played have cost us £246,000.

    He also gets paid 20% extra ontop of his £65,000 weekly wage for “Image Rights” It Beggars belief.

    Simple fact- He Owes Us……. Big Time.

  • Spitfire

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #3


    13th of February , January has been and gone old son.

  • toonie

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Some may not like him, but most teams in the Championship and quite a few in the Premiership would but him straight into their first team…Nuf said !!!

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #5


    Only because they wouldnt dare say no to the thug

  • Raffo

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #6

    He is the creative spark we lack and I for one cannot wait to have him back in the team

  • lesh

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Let’s hope that when he does emerge from his period of reflection and repentance, that he’ll act and play like a long-term signing – we don’t really need a short term signing!!!

    Now now Spitfire @3, Ed’s in a different time zone to us guys but to be fair, January has just slipped quietly by.

    Unlike some who post on here, Ed’s in the real world, on this planet, earth and not Fullers!

  • N.Ireland Mag

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #8

    When he comes back, where do we play him and with who? Who do we drop?

  • lesh

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #9

    And Raffo // Feb 2, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    He is the creative spark we lack and I for one cannot wait to have him back in the team…. let’s hope he doesn’t go blowing his fuses!!!

  • lesh

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #10

    NI Mag… may I venture to suggest that Smith and Butt might benefit from a rest?

  • Raffo

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Lesh, well thats true esp if he is with Smudge in the middle!

    I for one would drop both Smith and Nolan and play Guthrie and Barton together. I think they are the better more creative CM’s we have and think they will also show CH has balls and isnt afraid to mix it up

  • geordie deb

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #12

    NUFC 0809 Oh Dear

    Do you ever have anything positive to say

    Completely agree. We have some mega deluded whingeing fans, who obviously live in a parallel universe to the real world most of us inhabit

  • pubcat

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Like every other Toon fan, would just like him to stay fit and out of trouble. Recent interviews suggest a more mature attitude (though don’t want to speak too soon).

    On another topic, I’d like to see the younger players bedded in a little more over the remainder of the season –

    Donaldson – at least to the level of first team experience of Kadar

    Baheng – is he currently injured? Now 20, he and Lua Lua must be closer to some sub appearances soon?

    Vuckic – well, if we do get promoted this season I almost hope we keep him hidden for now so we don’t lose him to a big club

    As for others – seeing as I live in NY and don’t see the reserves/academy play – who do fans reckon’ll make it?

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #14

    barton has to be the most over rated, over paid moronic waste of space this club has ever bought and we’ve bought a few !!

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #15

    I cant see Hughton dropping Nolan

    but I agree, Nolan and Smudge would both benefit from getting some rest.

    Im also assuming that now we have Best in we will be playing 4-4-2 rather than 4-4-1-1 as we have done.

    My Friday Team

    ——————— Harper
    Simpson – Collo – Williamson – Van Aanholt

    ———Rout – Smith – Nolan – Jonas

    ——————- Best – McLoven

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #16

    @ deb

    The lad is a liability, both on and off the field.

    He cant control himself.

    In my opinion I would rather send out a team that you know all 11 players will play a full 90 mins.

  • Ashley Hole

    Feb 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #17






  • Ashley Hole

    Feb 2, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #18

    62min…Nolan out Routy in…and Bart goes to Nolans pos

  • Nick 69

    Feb 2, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #19

    when fit, and on his game, he is a million miles better than any other midfielder in our squad, and in the whole league.

  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 2, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #20

    The fact is he hasnt really ever changed.

    He messed around under Shearer and the question is will Hughton be able to tame him.

    if not set Calderwood on him….that would keep him in line :P.

  • vivadavidkelly

    Feb 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #21

    i must have given barton the benefit of the doubt numerous times with his perfomances. forget what he has done off the pitch, on it he has been poor. Lets not forget he started this seaoson and went missing in every single game. of the games he has played you can count on one hand the good games he has had in 2 and a half years here. i would love him to come good but previous performances, when fit suggests that this just isnt going to happen. everyone goes on about his creativity and ability to score goals from midfield but he has no assists and 2 penalties to show from his time here. I’m afraid to say (and i always rated him and stuck up for him) that it is a Myth that Barton is a class player

  • GeordieMeerkat

    Feb 2, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #22

    The season run in should determine Barton’s future, as the sale (or release) of Geremi showed, any player not earning their wages at all will be shipped out. Because of this Barton has to play games but he also has to play well if he is to keep the wages he is on.

    There are some good box-to-box midfielders out there who could replace or compete for his position from Skjelbred and Arfield to Shelvey and Michael O’Connor.

    Joe Ledley is still to receive an acceptable contract offer from Cardiff and he could also be available this summer.

    So Joey, are you going to prove yourself after all your chatter?

  • vivadavidkelly

    Feb 2, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Joey Barton doesnt have to do anything as he will still have 2 and a half years on his contract. he talks the talk but then he always does

  • Matt

    Feb 2, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #24

    He fills the same role as Guthrie basically. He’s creative but with more aggression. I’d still start Smith and Guthrie as CM though. Barton will have to work his way in.

  • wanyno009

    Feb 2, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #25

    He will score alot of goals from midfield, unlike Smith and Guthrie and that’s what we need.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 2, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #26

    I really hope Joey comes out and gives his all, plays creative, exciting football, keeps his gob shut and behaves like a model pro.

    I also hope Girls Aloud pop round to my place for an orgy later.


    Feb 2, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #27

    Best player in the championship!!!!!!!

    without a doubt

  • baro

    Feb 2, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #28


    R.Taylor Williamson Coloccini Aanholt

    Routledge Smith Barton Jonas



    Feb 2, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #29


    simpson is better than taylor

  • baro

    Feb 2, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #30


    No he is not. Some defenders have to cross and go forward too. That is how we Newcastle play. Ryan Taylor has a excellent cross and free kick. Which Simpson can’t do.

  • baro

    Feb 2, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #31

    #5 in the video is Leon Best with a very powerful goal. Hope he does that every week. 🙂

  • Whumpie

    Feb 2, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #32

    BECKS: can you help us to understand this adulation afforded to Joey?

    Since he’s signed for us I’ve not seen a single performance of note. Look at our recent signings by comparison: a MOTM performance on a debut (Williamson) and a debut inclusion in the CCC Team of the Week (Van Arthingy).

    Here’s a theory out of a shrink’s manual: I think people latch onto the ‘bad boy’ and project qualities that aren’t there so they can by association hope for those qualities in themselves when they know they share his weaknesses and vices.

    In other words:
    ” – I have not achieved much.
    – I can be massively irresponsible, stupid and tempestuous
    – Joey does all the bad stuff I do, but more.
    – Joey is a footballing god who WILL come right
    – I, therefore, can also come good as long as he does.”

    Daft, in my opinion. Any other member of the squad – even Carroll deserves more respect.

    HOWEVER, I hope he does turn it around in every way; gawd knows we need a decent attacking midfielder.

    My prediction, alas, is not a positive one; he’s just worn me down too much. I think he’ll get in trouble again, fall out with players and staff, get in fights, pick up red cards, get injured again, get arrested again. All of it. Again.

    For me, Guthrie is your best bet now we have ‘proper’ wingers. By the end of the season, I think there’s a good chance he’ll be “our Gerrard”.

  • baro

    Feb 2, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #33


    I totally agree with you on the Guthrie part.

  • baro

    Feb 2, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #34

    I think Joey Barton will be different because he apologized to Alan Sharear.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 2, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Yep, I think Guthrie has a good head on his shoulders and can spot a creative move. But he is just not a winger!

    Got a good final ball, too.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 2, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #36

    The one hope this time which wasn’t there before is that he stays off the booze. While his actions in Liverpool were disgusting, the mere fact that he thought it ok to go out on an all-nighter mid-season showed he has no control or sense of responsibility.

    Without the booze, perhaps he can show otherwise.

  • DJG

    Feb 2, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #37

    I can’t understand why people are still moaning.

    Who would have thought 2 weeks ago that at the close of the transfer window we would have signed a CB, a RB, a RW and a FW all on perminent deals…. and a LB and another CB on loan.

    They all seem to be genuine hard workin professionals aswell. I’m so pleased we didn’t get the likes of sulky Beckford who would have upset the applecart and been a bad example to players like Ranger.

  • NewcastleMole

    Feb 2, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #38

    === End of season decisions & questions === (assuming we gain promotion)

    #1 What to do with Nicky Butt?
    #2 What to do with Pancrate?
    #3 What to do with Xisco?
    #4 Who gets #9 Shirt?
    #5 Who do we Sell?
    #6 Where do we Strengthen?
    #7 Is Hughton a manager for the premiership?
    #8 Will the club be sold?
    #9 Will anybody sponsor St James’?
    #10 Which players wont cut it in the Premiership
    #11 Where will our points come from?
    #12 Can we Stay up?

  • Tramp

    Feb 2, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #39

    You know what, and i realise this may sound crazy to some of you, but seriously…

    I might set up a Newcastle United blog, for Newcastle United… umm, supporters!

    I can’t stand the whinging, never happy with anything, pessimistic “supporters” we seem to have here.

    Jeeeez, come on!

    Barton back is a bonus. Forget what he has done in the past and look forward.

    Top of the league lads, yeah, that’s where we are.

    Stop bashing Nolan and Butt, We wouldn’t be in the position we are at the moment without Nolan. For sure, Butts days are numbered and the selection of him over other players isn’t right at all… But it’s happening. (Excuse the pun) Fair play, make your point known that you don’t feel he should be played but try and put a positive spin on things, like perhaps you would like to see instead… in a positive light.

    I don’t know. I’m so sick of reading comments putting the club and the people in it (apart from the untouchable youth) down.

    You’re more than welcome to your opinion but seriously, stop being so damn negative.

    We are top of the league… Say, WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE!

    Howay the lads!

  • NewcastleMole

    Feb 2, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #40


    You’re right we’re top of the league. The Championship League where we shouldn’t be.
    We’ve got results but we’ve played alot of poor football along the way. Were top due to the strength of our squad. Id love for us to tear apart some teams but we just seem to be too cautious.


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