We had said that the performance of a number of our experienced players would determine how Newcastle would do in our first season back in the Premier League.
Joey Barton – playing great for Newcastle this season
And certainly one of those players, Joey Barton, is in the form of his life this season, and again ran the game last night for Newcatsle United from the corners and free kicks, and he looked a great player – it’s as simple as that.
In fact manager Alan Pardew said after the game it was one of the best midfield performances he had ever seen.
And of course Joey is now a huge favorite amongst Newcatsle fans, because the former bad boy of football is now showing just how important he is to Newcatsle United, a club he seems to love.
Newcastle manager Alan was asked if he thinks Joey Barton should be in Fabio Capello’s squad, and Pardew said today:
“In what I have seen since I have been here, for sure 100%.” “He has the quality to do it, but he has had temper problems and a question mark against him.”
“He is a player you need to look after and tell how important he is, and I think the Newcastle faithful saw that.”
“There were a few standing on their feet when he was taking corners and quite right too.”
Alan Pardew has very smart in almost everything he’s done since he arrived on Tyneside a short four weeks ago, and some of those are to tie down both Steven Taylor and Ben Arfa to the Tyneside club for years to come.
And it’s clear that come February Alan will be pushing the Newcastle hierarchy to sign up both Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, so that Pardew has the core of players he can build the side around in the coming seasons.
Joey Barton is a huge player for Newcastle United these days, and there’s not too many midfielders better than Joey in the Premier League this season.
Newcastle may even be just three or four good players away from having an extremely good side.