We had expected 27 year-old Joey Barton to be part of Newcastle’s squad for our quick return to the Premiership next season.
Joey Barton – big season for Joey coming up
After all Joey is one of the players in the squad who have significant PL experience , and those players will be vital to Newcastle next season.
And Chris Hughton has already said he will not be turning the Newcastle squad upside down in the summer, but will keep the players that have done so well this season, in England’s second division – and shown fight, determination and spirit playing for Newcastle.
Something last season’s squad of big names didn’t show and subsequently were relegated and rightfully so.
In fact yesterday when Chelsea were really pummeled by Spurs and went 2-0 down in the second half, their attitude reminded us of Newcastle last season – they just couldn’t be bothered.
And how did Roman Pavlyuchenko miss all those chances in the second half?
The attitude of his players should cause Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti significant indigestion and heart-burn today.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has revealed today that Barton will be part of his plans for Newcastle’s return to the big time, which is hardly a surprise to anybody who supports the Tyneside club.
Chris told the Sunday Mirror today:
“Joey is a good player. I think he’ll be determined to get back to where he was a couple of years ago in the Premier League.”
Joey will be determined in the summer to come back and get really fit, and press for a starting position in the Newcastle team next season, and there is now significant competition for starting places.
Barton has much to pay back the Newcastle club for sticking by him during his times of trouble these last few years, when he disgraced himself, and his actions reflected negatively on the famous Newcastle club.
And Joey knows it, so we are hoping he will start to forge a good career on Tyneside, and that his stupid deeds are a thing of the past.
That’s what we are hoping, in any case – but it’s entirely up to Joey Barton now