We’ve noticed Joey Barton has really become attached to the Newcastle United club and to its fans this season, and today he has said he’ll play absolutely anywhere for the Newcastle side.
Joey Barton – with fans – we did it!
There were many great shots like this when Newcastle gained promotion
Barton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I just love my football and want to play for this club.” “It’s about being part of a successful Newcastle United.”
“I would play left-back or right-back, or even in goal, if they asked me to! “
“It’s just great to be part of it and be part of a collective group that wants to win and be successful.”
Newcastle have built up just a fantastic team spirit at the club among the players and the coaches, and that will stand the club in good stead for next season when we will be facing the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Barton hopes that the team spirit built up last season, in part due to manager Chris Hughton, will help to make St. James’Park – the Cathedral on the Hill, a place to fear for visiting sides next season.
The lads were unbeaten at home this past season, of course, for the first time in 103 years, and the longer we can keep that unbeaten record going next season, the more chance we have of surviving in the Premier League.
Joey has been on Tyneside for a full three seasons, but due to three serious foot injuries, he’s still only appeared 47 times with 3 goals for the Newcastle club.
We have to hope Joey is available all next season, and certainly that seems to be exactly what Joey is himself hoping for.
“It’s something we want to continue for as long as possible.”
“But it stems from the team spirit like at any successful team or set of players. It’s a great camp to come into, all of the lads love training and that shows on the pitch.”
“We showed that in plenty of games last season that St James’ wasn’t an easy place to come to by any stretch of the imagination.”
“For me, I’ll worry about next season in June or July.” “When the pre-season gets under way you think about that then.”
“Our goal this season was to get back up and get over the line.” “The main aim was to get up swiftly followed by winning the Championship.”
Joey played 15 times for Newcastle in the promotion season with a great goal from a direct free-lick at Peterborough, and he will no doubt be a key player for Newcastle United nest season.
We’d like to be writing next year at this time, that Joey Barton had his best season ever at the club, and that his former off-field antics seem to have have disappeared forever.
If we can write that then Newcastle will probably have had a decent first season back with the big boys, and Joey’s career will be right back on track.
That’s what we are hoping for.