News this morning in a number of the papers, that Aston Villa are interested in Newcastle’s Joey Barton.
Joey Barton – this player is going nowhere
And it seems that Aston Villa are trying to make some kind of swap deal for the Newcastle United midfielder.
The player Aston Villa don’t want any more seems to be Nigel Reo-Coker, so they are hoping that Newcastle are naive enough to take a player who cannot get his game for Aston Villa, and make a swap deal with Joey Barton, who has been on top form for Newcastle United this season.
In fact Joey has been one of the top midfielders in the Premier League so far this season.
But there’s no doubt that new manager Alan Pardew knows the players at Newcastle he wants to build the future side around, and is already getting the powers that be at Newcatsle to sign them up, and Joey is one of those players.
Top youngsters Nile Ranger and Haris Vuckic have signed contracts through the summer of 2016, as have center-backs Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor.
Newcastle have also signed Frenchman Ben Arfa on a full time deal through the summer of 2015, and the next two in line to get extended contracts on Tyneside will be both Joey Barton and Spanish left-back Jose Enrique.
A lot is made of Joey Barton’s fiery temperament, but the truth is, to Joey’s great credit, he’s managed to beat a lot of his demons over the last couple of years, and in most games this season he’s controlled himself amicably on the field, and there’s been no trouble at all off the field for over two years now.
Of course the 1% of the time he didn’t do that this season got Joey 99% of the publicity he’s received – but that’s the gossip press in England for you – they have to sell papers somehow – and they don’t seem to mind how they do it.
But what’s new?
Joey Barton’s representative Willie McKay said today:
“A lot of clubs have shown interest but Joey is very happy at Newcastle. His ambition is to play for England again and he should do as he is the best midfielder in the country at the moment.”
While this story may be true, and it seems to be coming initially from from the Daily Mail, there is little chance Joey will leave Newcastle, but we’ll hear these stories again and again until he signs along the dotted line on Tyneside.
It will be just like Steven Taylor, who was linked with a club every other Sunday, until the 24 year-old local lad finally signed up in late December.
And of course Joey Barton is turning out to be a great player for Newcastle.