Joey Barton plays for the Reserves at Hartlepool tonight in his continuing comeback from his foot injury, and the former Manchester City player has come out today and said the Newcastle fans have been great to him since he joined Newcastle back in the summer of 2007.
Joey Barton – fans have been great with me
Joey is probably hoping to be in the squad for Newcastle’s game at Bristol City this Saturday, and he talked about the great Geordie fans today:
“The fans have been brilliant and as players we just want to help deliver Premier League football back to them.”
“During my injury, the fans have wished me all the best.” “It’s still a big club and that’s one of the reasons I came here.”
“The fans have been great to me and now I just want to do the business on the pitch again.”
Barton will certainly not walk back into the side with Alan Smith, Kevin Nolan and young Danny Guthrie all playing well for the club this season in the center of the park.
Nicky Butt is also keen to come back into the first team squad, but we think this could by Nicky’s last season in football – at least it will be for Newcastle United, whom he joined back in 2005, when the great Bobby Robson managed the club..
Joey Barton’s representative, Willie McKay, is well aware the midfielder is more than keen to start playing for Newcastle again, and get his much interrupted career back on track.
Willie said today:
“Joey’s been really patient with his injury.” “He didn’t want to rush back because he’s done that before and been worse off for it.”
“And with the team doing so well there has been no need for him to take any risks.”
“He’s desperate to be part of this team and to do well for the club.” “He loves it in Newcastle, loves the area and loves the people.”
“He just wants to do his best for Newcastle and it will be a big boost for him when he runs out again at St James’ Park.” “He would like nothing better than to help Newcastle back in the Premier League.”
With Chris Hughton insisting that Joey take his time in coming back from injury this time around, then maybe his foot injuries will be a thing of the past. We certainly hope so because Joey is a good player.
When the 27 year-old is finally fit, there will be significant competition in central midfield at Newcastle.
We also watched Jamie O’Hara last night in Liverpool’s 4-0 mauling of Portsmouth, but Jamie still showed he could be a good addition to the central midfield on Tyneside.
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