Joey Barton left Manchester City in the summer after he had been involved with a punch-up with Frenchman Ousmane Dabo, and then City manager Stuart Pearce was keen to get rid of him from the Eastlands club.
Joey Barton – has done well recently at Newcastle
Joey was signed for £5.8M from City by big Sam Allardyce, but he’s had many foot injuries during his time on Tyneside, and Joey has still only made 54 appearances for Newcastle with just 4 goals.
There hasn’t been much in the papers about Joey returning to City today, and that’s probably good, but Barton today has a good chance to show just how more mature he now has become at the Newcastle club, and he’s so far been in good form for the Magpies this season.
This is what his manager Chris Hughton has said about Joey today:
“It’s as good a place as any to show what he can do,” “I think we have seen circumstances at Wolves where he was the brunt of a fairly fierce game, but showed maturity to come through that.”
“Joey knows where he is at the moment and he knows there are places he will go where supporters will look to give him some stick. But that is something that he has to accept and get on with – which he has done.”
“Joey is in a great rhythm at the moment, though. He’s playing well and he’s been a very big player for us.” “My biggest concern for Joey is to be doing well for Newcastle – and he has been doing that,”
“Thankfully for Joey he’s been fit to play in all the games. Part of the key to his good start is that he’s had a full pre-season, apart from three days.”
“But England? I think what should be on anyone’s radar is doing the best he can for his club. We want him to be playing as well as he can for our club, getting points and goals for us.” “Anything that comes after that is someone else’s decision.” “We just want him to do as well as he can.”
It’s good that Chris is only concerned about how well his players do for the Newcastle club, their employers, and he said the same thing about Andy Carroll recently, when news came out that Andy could be named in the full England squad tomorrow, for the game against Montenegro on 12th October.
Joey Barton has a great chance to do well today, and another goal from him would be good as well, and we need that if Newcastle are going to be able o get anything at all from this game today.