There’s little doubt that Joey Barton is now repaying the Newcastle club and their fans for all the daft stuff he got into during his first year on Tyneside.
Joey Barton with manager Pardew – is that homework he’s giving Joey?
Of course that ended up with Joey spending some time in jail in the late summer of 2008, but he seems to have put most of that behind him.
And Joey has seemingly been in the best form of his life this season, as he has already put in some tremendous performances for Newcastle this season.
New manager Alan Pardew seems to have just about finished reviewing all the games Newcastle have played so far this season on video, and now he knows just how influential Joey is in the Newcastle side.
Pardew talked about one of his star players today:
“Joey is very influential for this team. His quality of pass has probably been significant this year in a lot of the goals we have scored.”
“Obviously, I have not been involved in most games, but I have reviewed them and Joey has been the heartbeat of most of our good stuff.”
“He is always going to have issues on the pitch because of the nature of his game.” “He is aggressive and sometimes he gets singled out a little bit.”
“And sometimes, of course, he oversteps the mark just a wee bit, but not nearly as much or as often as he did when he was younger.”
“He is experienced as a professional now, and we are seeing perhaps the best of Joey Barton, and it’s brilliant that it is in a Newcastle shirt.”
Those are good words form the Newcastle manager and Alan is quite quickly getting the dressing room right behind him, as he takes control of the Newcastle club, at a very crucial part of the season.
We expect Alan to start pushing for a new contract for Joey Barton early in the new year, as he continues to try to keep the top Newcastle players on Tyneside, and as we all know Joey has just 18 months left on his current contract.
A new five year deal agreed with Joey and his advisers would be just what the doctor ordered at Newcastle early in the new year, and we have to think that’s exactly what Alan Pardew will be talking with Derek LLambias about very soon, if indeed he hasn’t already done so.
Pardew continued to wax lyrical about Joey, who seems to love life at the Newcastle club:
“He has been absolutely excellent. He has got an opinion about all aspects of the game, which I have no problem with.”
“I think he feels he is playing well and that shows in training, and that’s an important factor in Joey.”
“If he feels he is playing well and he is on top of his fitness level, you will get the best out of Joey, and that’s where he is.”
There is news today that Steven Taylor is within 24 hours of signing his new deal, according to the Evening Chronicle, and a permanent deal for Ben Arfa is very close, according to sources in France.
And we have to think that some of Alan’s discussions with Mike Ashley before he took on the huge Newcastle manager job a couple of weeks ago, centered on keeping these top players at the club.
And if the news today is to be believed, then Steven Taylor and Ben Arfa will be tied up fairly soon, and Alan may have also made sure there will be a good contract offer made to Joey early in the new year.
We certainly hope so, and it seems that the new manager has been very busy with things in these last two weeks, and not just on the pitch either.
We have to say, from what we can see so far, Alan is doing all the right things, and very quickly too.