Joey Barton is getting closer to a first team recall at Newcastle and the 27 year-old has today complimented the work of Newcastle manager Chris Hughton and the other Newcastle coaches.
Joey Barton – wants to concentrate only on playing
Joey will continue his comeback tonight when he is set to play at least 45 minutes for the Newcastle Reserve team at Hartlepool United.
Joey is still recovering from the foot operation he had in early October, and hasn’t played for the Newcastle first team since last September, in a Newcastle career that has been interrupted far too much by injuries, usually to one of his feet.
However, even though Joey has a spotted past, to say the least, at both Manchester City and Newcastle, has been no bother at all this season at Newcastle, and regularly attends Reserve team games to cheer on the youngsters.
Don’t forget he was actually Manchester City captain at one point in his career.
The Huyton-born player was at the Riverside on Saturday to cheer on the lads from the stands, and was also at the recent FA Youth Cup games to support the club’s top youngsters.
Barton said today:
“I just want to focus on playing football now.”
“The team have done a great job this season, and so have Chris Hughton, Colin Calderwood and the rest of the backroom lads.”
“Now I just want to get back and play a part in helping this team back into the Premier League.”
It wouldn’t be surprising if Chris Hughton included Joey in the squad for Saturday’s game at Bristol City, and he may even get a place on the bench.
But Joey is still somewhat short of match practice, and he may need a couple more run-outs before he is finally recalled by Hughton.