Joey Barton Such An Important Player For Magpies

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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Aug 3, 2010 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #1

    he is a good player BUT he will get injured (again!)

    never will we saw him playing 10 games in a row.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 3, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s funny I have been disgusted by Barton’s antics and no shows for NUFC, but that 60 yard through ball to Routledge at the end of last season was one of the most sublime things I’ve ever seen. Someone who can thread a ball like that obviously has something.

    Like Baro says though, even taking away his antics and everything else, he will more than likely get injured. I hope not though, as the more he plays, the less Smith and his 60K a week wages does.

  • jesus was a geordie

    Aug 3, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Rotunda – I agree. Joey is a charismatic lad and says all the right things in interviews, then messes up with his behaviour and pretty soon his pleas fall on deaf ears…Doesn’t matter how many times he messes up from now on, that through ball has been tattooed onto his resume!

    He needs a bit of luck (about 2/3 seasons worth) and I could see him being our Scott Parker (or at least our other Scott Parker). Barton/Nolan, Barton/Smith or Barton/Guthrie, in each combination he’d play a different role but certainly a role he is capable of fulfilling!

    Off topic, but I hope we have a couple of scouts out there! That Fernandez lad looks pretty special!

  • Freddie

    Aug 3, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #4

    i know we have heard it all before but it seems like joey is finally ready to sort it out! imo he is a fantatsic player and if he stays fit, he will be one of our best players next season! dont let us down joey

  • JohnNUFC

    Aug 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Agree with you 100% Ed, needs to get 30+ games this season and stay free of injury……and out of prison, vital!
    @jesus was a geordie-that fernandez guy looks quality, two quality goals and great composure….
    cheers for the link….if only my 5-a-side team had 500k to spend….

  • rknufc

    Aug 3, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #6

    hopfully CH is waiting till newcastle are in europe to sort out talks whith hatem ben arfa

  • chuck

    Aug 3, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    How important is he ?
    Joey, having arrived from Citeh for a fee of around five and a half million, has done nothing to justify his worth.
    A combination of jail time and injuries has kept him out of the side.
    It`s payback time Joey, you owe the club, big time.
    Hopefully he`s finally got his head to-gether and can prove he`s as good as he claims he is.
    It`s make it or break it time Joey !

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Rotunda- I was at that game in plym when Barton threaded tha pass through, he was pure class that game playing on the left on one of the worst pitches I have ever seen.

  • freddie

    Aug 3, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Im going to put a fiver on him to get the first red of the premiership season. The blokes a lunatic. But i love him.

  • baro

    Aug 3, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #10

    If Joey Barton is always fit than he can become a star for England. He is very good midfielder.


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