Chris Hughton is looking forward to the return of Joey Barton in Newcastle’s central midfield during pre-season.
Joey Barton – yes – we did it!
Newcastle will play at Deportivo La Coruna tonight, and Joey Barton is expected to start that game, and maybe play the full 90 minutes.
Joey looked in very good form when he returned from injury earlier this year, and his attitude and temperament seemed first class, and here is a player who just seems to love playing and living on Tyneside, and is well liked by the Newcastle faithful.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
“Joey had a tough time on the sidelines last season,”
“But we feel he can be like a new signing this season and he’s keen to play a big part for us.”
Joey has only appeared 47 times for Newcastle in his three seasons at the club, and that’s due to his many injuries since being signed in July of 2007, by big Sam Allardyce for around £5.8M.
We have to hope that he can get in at least another 30 appearances this coming season.
Newcastle will really need his skillful play in the center of midfield, and it will be interesting to see how he performs in tonight’s game in Spain.