27 year-old Joey Barton has been on Tyneside for almost three years after being signed for £5.7M by Sam Allardyce in July of 2007, shortly after Mike Ashley bought the Newcastle United club.
Joey Barton – cannot wait for next season to start
Even after being on Tyneside for that long, Joey Barton’s playing career is yet to start at Newcastle, after the lad has suffered three very serious foot injuries during his time at the Newcastle club.
Maybe Joey should wear football boots that give his feet some protection, since the modern football boot seems to offer no protection at all, and is why there are so many foot injuries these days. The boots may look good but they’re hardly practical.
It seems that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton will look to Joey Barton and his other experienced Premiership players next season, to take the lead on the field.
And the way Joey has played since he returned to the Newcastle first team following his latest long-term injury, leaves little doubt the lad is a very good player, with obvious class.
Joey talked today about next season:
“I cannot wait for it – I am delighted to be back in the Premier League and delighted to have had a bit of a part at the very end.”
“The lads have put all the foundations down and I have added the chimney pot on top or the aerial if you like.”
“I was about in the background willing the lads on and I was delighted to be part of it at the end. I am determined to play my part next year.”
Since we know Joey is keen to repay the Newcastle club for their loyalty to him during the bad times off the filed, we have to think that Joey could be a star player for Newcastle next season.
We hope so anyway.