Joey Barton had a 75-minute run-out last night for the Reserves at Hartlepool in Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat, but Joey missed a penalty.
Joey Barton – complete faith is his ability
After the game Joey has declared himself available for Saturday’s first team game at Bristol City.
Joey has come out today and said he believes in his own ability, and of course we have to hope his off-field stupidities of the past are exactly that – a thing of the past.
Joey talked after the Hartlepool game:
“Since I’ve been at Newcastle I’ve had three broken feet and a torn medial ligament in two and a bit years – plus a well-documented spell in the clink and numerous other problems,”
“But I’m someone who will bounce back. If there’s another penalty I’ll put myself forward for it. That is what gets me going.”
“Hopefully I can just get a sustained run. I’m confident in my own ability – it’s not going to be easy for me but I believe in myself greatly.”
“At one stage I was in the top echelon of midfielders in this country.” “There’s certainly none of my ability lost – I actually feel I’m a better player now. But I’ve got to stay fit to prove it.”
“It’s all well and good talking about it but I’ve got to prove it and that starts, hopefully if I’m selected, on Saturday.”
Joey was very enthusiastic after the game last night, as it seems he at least proved to himself he’s now ready for a return to the first team.
But of course there’s significant competition for places in the team, and Joey will not just walk back into the team.
“Of course it’s going to be tough getting into the team,”
“But as you know, I’m a big believer in my own ability – when fit.” “What I want to do is get fit, get a sustained run in the team and show the Newcastle fans why the club have invested a lot of money in me.”
“I know it’s said at times about how much they paid for me and it’s rumored about how much I am paid a week. But I just want to play football – I love football.”
“The Newcastle fans I have met in the street have been fantastic with me and I just want to be a part of a team that can bring some smiles back to the Geordie nation.”
“I came here because I believed it was possible. We’ve had a lot of downs and we’re getting some ups now under the current regime and I just want to be part of it.”
“If it means I play five minutes between now and the end of the season – if that’s what the manager wants, that’s what I’ll do. I just want to help this football club get back to where I want to be.”
That’s good and sensible talk from the Liverpudlian, and it seems that most Newcastle fans want the lad to succeed, finally.
Not only on the field, but in his personal life too.
If he can do that the Toon Army will be right behind him, there’s absolutely no doubt about that.
After all, everybody likes to see somebody confront their demons and be successful – and we all have those demons in varying degrees, after all.
We really hope Joey can be a complete success at Newcastle United.