Joey Barton has made just 47 appearances with 3 goals for Newcastle United in his three full seasons on Tyneside.
Joey Barton – just 47 appearances in three full seasons
So Joey hasn’t produced too much yet for the Newcastle club, but of course that’s due to the three serious foot injuries he’s had while he’s been on Tyneside.
Joey told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It will be great to get back and play on that big stage, but I won’t forget who got me there.” “It can be a lonely experience when you are injured.”
“But it’s been a long, hard road and I was working away in the gym during that long stint out.”
“Now it would be great to repay people like the doc, Paul Catterson, Hendo and all of the medical staff because they really did take time and care to get me right and get me back out there.”
“It was great to experience the feeling of just being back in the dressing room and being part of a winning team – that’s what it’s all about.”
When Joey did return from injury earlier this year, we noticed a couple of things – and both were good.
First of all whenever he started a game, he was usually our Man of the Match, and we also noticed how upbeat Joey was – especially about the Newcastle club and their famous fans.
Of course it was a very joyous time for all connected with the Newcastle club as the Newcastle players, under the guidance of Chris Hughton, just ran away with the Coca Cola Championship and ended up winning the league by 11 points.
And there’s little doubt that if Joey can only stay fit next season, he can become a very important player for the Newcastle side, who are back in the Premier League.
There will be significant competition for places in central midfield next season, with the likes of Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith and Danny Guthrie (and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere?), all competing head to head with Joey.
But Barton seems to rise to the challenge as he continued:
“I’m just getting there now and it’s a case of pushing on again.” “It’s the same for anybody – the more I play, the sharper I can get and show what I’m about.”
“The reason I came to this club was to compete and that hasn’t always been the way.”
“That’s life – things happen like that and you can only focus on what is in front of you.” “The picture is looking quite good at Newcastle now.”
What we’d like to see next season is for Joey to avoid any long term injuries, and if he can do that there’s every chance Joey can produce the goods for Newcastle, and help keep the club in the Premiership.
That has to be job one next season, and it would be a good start for Joey to start paying back Newcastle United, for the huge support he’s received in his time on Tyneside.