ey Barton has been out injured since last September, but he really wants to come back into the side and help Newcastle get promoted. If you wonder why he’s so desperate to play – then read on.
Joey Barton – wants to help the lads get promoted
Joey has talked today about his desire to play again this season and help the lads get back into the Premiership at the first attempt.
Joey of course will have painful memories of last year’s run-in, when he had only just come back from injury in the game at Liverpool on May 3rd.
That was Newcastle’s 4th last game of the season, and Newcastle fans were excited that he had made it back from injury, and maybe this lad could help us avoid relegation.
Alan Shearer was the manager that fateful day, and Joey was Newcastle’s best player at Anfield- but what does he do?
Joey manages to get a straight red card from referee Phil Dowd, for a high tackle on Xabi Alonso after 77 minutes.
That was an automatic 3 game suspension and meant he would miss Newcastle’s final 3 games of the season. Those were home games against Middlesbrough and Fulham and at Aston Villa for the very last game of the season.
And we got 3 points from those final 3 games when 4 points would have meant we avoided relegation and would have been safe – but yes, it’s all water under the Tyne Bridge now.
But we’re not finished – just to make matters a little bit worse on that May 3rd Sunday afternoon, Joey managed to get into a huge argument with manager Alan Shearer in the dressing room after the game.
So Alan suspended him so he wouldn’t even be able to visit the Benton training ground, and who knows, if he hadn’t been sent off we could have well avoided relegation – who knows indeed.
But anyway let’s move on to more positive things, and the fact that Joey is now so keen to play again this season, is therefore hardly surprising.
Joey talked today about wanting to contribute to the side in the remaining 10 league games:
“We’ve got some tough games coming up, but we won’t take our foot off the pedal,” “That’s the feeling I get from the camp, and hopefully I can add something to that.”
“They’ve lacked me all season – maybe I can come in and freshen it up a little bit.” “Maybe I won’t be needed, who knows, that’s down to Chris Hughton, but I will put my hand up for selection.”
“I want to play every game between now and the end of the season because I want to take a bit of the workload off getting this club back where it belongs.”
“I think that team spirit has shone through this season – we could have easily downed tools,”“Everyone expected us to plummet like Leeds or Sheffield Wednesday did, but the lads got together and fair play to them.”
“I think that is a testament to the bunch of men we have at the football club – on the pitch and with the backroom staff – that we’re sitting top of the league.”
“I’ve been in the background trying to support them but it starts for me, hopefully, on Saturday and then we’ll take it from there.”
Those are good words from Joey, and we do expect him to play again this season, but probably not be as quickly as he would like.
But if he can come in and play well in say the last 7 games or whatever, he’ll be all set for next season, and we have to think it’s at that time that he can make a big difference to the Newcastle side.
Oh, and Joey when you do come back into the first team – don’t get yourself sent off – please!
We do think Joey can make a difference to the team, and that’s what Joey seems to want to do, given the terrible things that have gone on since he arrived on Tyneside.
But if he can sort out his personal life and start to play very well for the Newcastle club, he could well be on his way.
Let’s hope for Joey’s sake, and for the sake of Newcastle United, that’s just exactly what happens. 😀