Let’s Hope Joey Barton Can Finally Beat His Demons

The 28-year-old Liverpudlian, Joey Barton, will be welcomed back to the Newcastle first team on Sunday, after he served his 3 match ban for violent conduct.

Joey Barton – returns to Newcastle side on Sunday

This is what Chris Hughton said about Joey today:

“Since I started working with Joey two years ago, there have never been any doubts about the ability he has,”

“Unfortunately, that’s been interrupted by injuries, but when I first came he played in the second half of the 2007/08 season, and was magnificent.”

“He wasn’t a problem, and we have seen more of that ability on show this season.”

“It’s about consistency, and we hope to keep him in the team for as long as we can because he’s an important player for this club.”

There’s little doubt that Joey is an excellent player and indeed this season he’s be in some of  the  finest form in his career, and how many times have his pinpoint crosses this season been headed home by Andy Carroll?

Of course Joey made his first mistake for probably a couple of years, when he lashed out at Blackburn’s Morten Pedersen a couple weeks or so back, and he was rightly banned for 3 matches.

Joey then apologized to the fans, and also personally to Pedersen.  And then Morten, to his immense credit, gave Joey some glowing tributes as he really thought Joey was trying to improve himself, but he had slipped off the wagon in that instant, when he hit Morten.

But Joey cannot do that many more times, and he has to be extra sure that he can control himself on the field of play.

After having given up drinking completely, that has certainly helped his off-the-field behavior, because he’s admitted when he drinks any alcohol he gets violent – so that’s the end of  drinking in this life for Joey –  hopefully.

Hughton went on:

“I’m glad Joey’s back – we had three players out through suspension in the last game.”

“Now we’re coming up to the festive program, you just want all of your players available. They’re to come back, and hopefully build up some good form.”

Barton’s form this season has rightly seen him tipped for a return to the England squad, but that will never happen, and shouldn’t happen, until he has proved he’s in complete  control of himself on the field of play.

“He’s been in good form, and if people are talking about an England call-up it’s because somebody’s playing well in the top division.

“That’s exactly what Joey had been doing. Hopefully, he can continue that on his return.”

That possibility will keep Joey moving forward with his football, and it’s very clear he really wants to stop his stupid antics on the field of play.

Joey can still become a really great player for Newcastle United over the next several years, and bury his past stupidities, and even become a good role model for the youngsters, if he can overcome his demons once and for all.

We really hope he can.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Toonkistan

    Dec 2, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #1

    if only he could just play on the field i have no doubt he would be in contention for england call-up…top notch midfielder

  • lewman

    Dec 2, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #2

    with joeys injury record i would rather him not play for england but i suppose it would make watching england a bit more interesting and i am sure he could do a great job sat next to gerrard as he is a much better ball winner than lampard and a lot more mobile than barry.

  • chuck

    Dec 2, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Glad to have him back, believe the guy is trying to control his natural aggressiveness, which is an essential part of his game.
    Have to say he`s playing as well as i have seen him play lately and like Tiote it reflects on the side when he`s out.

  • expatgeordie

    Dec 2, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Just been watching that shambles of a world cup announcement so its Russia 2018 what a stitch up.

  • BeeGuy

    Dec 2, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #5

    There is no question in my mind that Joey will allow NUFC to rule the mid-field with Tiote. Just hoping he comes back onto the pitch with the touch he had when he last played.

    With Olssen hurt for WBA NUFC needs good service into Carroll who could have some much lerss impeded chances in the box.


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