Newcastle stood by Joey Barton during his bad times, and the player still has much to repay the Newcastle club, for the loyalty they have shown in the 28 year-old.
Joey Barton – in action on Sunday
Joey has done some bad things before he even came to Newcastle, when Sam Allardyce signed him for £5.8M from Manchester City in the summer of 2007, and at the start of this season Joey had still only played 47 times with 3 goals for the Tyneside club, and even spent some time in jail back in the summer of 2008.
The lack of playing time was due to several major injuries he’s picked up over the last three years, but this season he has looked an excellent player, and has played 12 times for the club with one goal, playing in central midfield, or out on the right wing – it doesn’t seem to matter, because he’s played well all season.
So it’s not surprising that Joey is being tipped again for England International honors, especially when Franco Baldini was there on Sunday to see Joey play another outstanding game for Newcastle, and the Magpies looked so good in their thrashing of local rivals Sunderland 5-1.
Joey will have impressed along with some of our other Englishman like hat-trick hero Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll and two goal Shola Ameobi, who had another outstanding game for his local club.
When told about the England interest, this is what Joey said:
“If it comes, it will be great, an honor and a privilege, but if it doesn’t, I’ve got more pressing matters at this club.” “The most important thing for me is being part of Newcastle’s side.”
“I am enjoying my football and playing in a good team that is winning.” “It’s for other people to put me where they think I should be. It isn’t for me to say.”
So Joey continues to concentrate on doing his best for the Tyneside club, and one of the reasons Newcastle have done we well so far in the Premier League, is the form of the Liverpudlian, who played once for England back in 2007, when he was still at Manchester City.
And Joey seems to have achieved something even more difficult, by putting his personal life in order, and it’s now more than a couple of years ago since he did anything really wrong off the field of play, and certainly, when the lad is interviewed he comes over as mature, sensible – and completely dedicated to Newcastle United.
We like that.