Joey Barton Can Have Big Impact At Newcastle Next Season

Joey Barton has been on Tyneside for three seasons now, but he still has only 47 appearances for the Tyneside club with 3 goals.

Joey Barton – celebrating with Newcastle fans

That’s not a good return, and is because Joey has so far had an injury plagued career at Newcastle, with three serious foot injuries.

But no doubt Newcastle manager Chris Hughton will be hoping to somehow keep the Liverpudlian fit next season, and if he can do that Joey could have major impact in the Newcastle team.

This is what Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“For us it will be a bit like having a new player, we hope. There has never been a question mark over Joey’s ability, just his ability to be on the football pitch.

“We are looking forward to Joey coming back fresh and strong.”  “The biggest problem we have had with Joey is the fact have not been able to put him on the pitch enough.”

“After this summer’s pre-season work, he more than anybody will be looking forward to the new season.”  “He will be looking for a good pre-season and the opportunity to play regular football.”

Barton has had a stormy past in football off the field,  and we are all only too well aware of that.

But there were definite signs when he returned from injury earlier this year, that Joey is a much mature man and player, and he seems to have had a positive affect on some of our younger players – and of course he played very well for the team and scored one terrific goal.

There has never been any doubt about Joey’s skills, but it is his injury record that Newcastle which is the big worry.

When  he was at Manchester City from 2002 through 2007,  he played 153 times with 17 goals, and in his last four seasons at Eastlands he averaged 37 appearances in each season – not too bad at all.

So one challenge for Chris next season is to keep Joey fit, so he can ply his trade on the field.

Chris was asked about the potential new maturity that Joey has been showing this year and Chris answered:

“They are not things you usually associate with Joey!” “For him it has been frustrating, as with every player they want to be playing football.”

“He has missed an awful lot of football. It will be a happy period for him to get the boots back on.”  “He did not have the involvement he would have liked last season.”

“But he accepted there were players in the squad who had played a much bigger part than him.”  “They warranted the opportunity to finish the season.”

One thing that pleasantly surprised us about Joey this year, apart form his positive comments and maturity, was that he seems to have fallen in love with the Newcastle United club and their fans.

Joey has come out of a murky past, but the stars seem to have lined up to give him an excellent opportunity next season.

He has the chance to show he is still a very good player,  and that he has matured as a man and can indeed become  a leading force for the Newcastle United club.

We have to hope that is exactly what happens, and then the Newcastle club should be in great shape.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jun 26, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #1

    If prone to foot injuries (he’s had 3 already – injuries that is) am I naive in suggesting perhaps he has been badly advised in his choice of career?

  • Doha Mag

    Jun 26, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #2

    He’s certainly a good player and provided he’s not injured over the next few seasons could be a key performer for us in the PL.

    If he’s been with Newcastle for 3 seasons; how many more years does he have left on his current contract; is it 2 or more?

  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 26, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #3

    So that’s it then…

    … Chris Hughtons promised new face.

  • MacToon

    Jun 26, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Great start for Ghana.

  • howay man

    Jun 26, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #5

    afforable world cup players

    brecko (slovenia)
    tulio (japan)
    upson (england)
    birso (slovenia)
    vera (paragauy)
    gyan (ghana)
    chipperfield (australia)
    maxi perraira (uruguay)
    Koren (slovenia)
    wiess (slovakia)
    Tiago (portugal)
    Prince boateng (ghana)
    braddley (america)

    which would you have at Newcastle?

  • MacToon

    Jun 26, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #6

    affordable as in wages? Doubt we could afford any!

  • howay man

    Jun 26, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #7


    pretty much all of them play for crap clubs and koren is a free agent ok tiago, maxi perraira, bradley and upson are a little optimistic but the rest are well in Newcastles price range in terms of fee and wages. anywaysthose are just the players who i havent heard off that have had a good tournament so far.

  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 26, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Hughton is a canny bloke but at the end of the day he is a Yes Man. He will do what he;s told to do and buy whoever the Ashley owes a favour to. I think he will be out of his depth and will be found out within 6 games. btw Barton is unsellable so we’re stuck with him.

  • roy cropper

    Jun 26, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #9

    isaac – aboot reet mate.

  • peterjoicey

    Jun 27, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #10

    probably not


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