Joey Barton is one of the players who are key to Newcastle United this season.
Joey Barton – so far so good this season
Joey appeared just 47 times with 3 goals in his first three seasons on Tyneside, and manager Chris Hughton has said he wants to see Joey play more games for the Newcastle club. Well, that’s hardly surprising.
The Liverpudlian has had three serious foot injuries in his time at Newcastle, but recovered from the last one late last season, and played very well for Newcastle when he did start, in those final games of the Championship season.
Joey has always had faith in his own ability, and indeed he has nailed down one of the central midfield places at Newcastle, and has looked a good player in the three games Newcastle have played so far.
He labored long and hard and kept going, when we were over-run at Old Trafford in our first game.
But Joey kept playing and never gave up, while Paul Scholes showed you can still be a top class player at 35 years old – what a game the lad had that night – talk about running a game.
And then of course in the next game at home to Aston Villa, Barton scored that all important first goal, when he rifled in a shot from almost 30 yards out – what a goal.
Then at Wolves Joey had an excellent game, and was voted our Man of the Match, and he was cruelly tackled by the Wolves players, who seemed to try to get him to lose his cool in that game.
To Joey’s great credit he didn’t, and maybe, just maybe, he’s on his way back to putting his career on track again, and at the same time getting his personal life sorted out.
After all his silly mistakes of the past, Joey has seen full support from the Toon Army, and he has said often that he wants to repay the Newcastle club and fans, for the way they have stood by him during his stupid and immature misadventures.
Lots of clubs would have kicked him out – let’s be clear about that.
But Joey is doing everything the club has asked of him, and with the very down-to-earth Chris Hughton in charge on Tyneside, he will ensure Joey doesn’t get carried away, and if he can stay fit Newcastle should do very well this season.
And Joey himself could well have his very best season at the Newcastle club, and maybe he will go down as the bad boy who turned good on Tyneside.
We hope so – keep it up Joey.