We hope that Joey Barton signs his new deal at the Newcastle club sooner rather than later.
Joey Barton – in action on Saturday
It’s so important that Newcastle keep Joey on Tyneside, that perhaps they could even go in and give him a little bit more than they’ve already offered the Liverpudlian. Take a little out of that £35M we just received, £30M of it in cool cash.
Joey has only really come good this season, thanks to the three serious foot injuries he has had during his time on Tyneside.
In his first three full seasons at Newcastle, Joey played only 47 times for Newcastle with 3 goals, and yet this season he has appeared 24 times with 5 goals.
So you see what we mean.
Joey talked about his time on Tyneside, and he is nothing – if not truthful in what he says:
“I’ve spoken to the club, and in principle agreed a deal. That’s where we’re at. Nothing’s changed from my point of view.”“Obviously, there’s the Andy Carroll]saga, and it would make anyone think, ‘Is the club going in the right direction and are they going to reinvest that kind of money?’
“The most important thing for me is the affection I’ve got for this football club. I think it’ll be a massive boost for everyone if I sign. Okay, certain players have moved on, but I want to be a part of it.
“I still feel I’ve got unfinished business here. I’ve only played well for 14 or 15 months and some would say less.” “I want to do at this football club what I came here to do, which is to try and take it to the next level.
“Nothing’s changed for me. I’m just keen to get it done, put the speculation to bed and keep enjoying my football.”
Joey may not be modest, but he’s absolutely right – his signing a new contract would be massive for the Newcastle club, and we hope he does it soon, because that will show Joey has leadership.
We hear you just cannot shut Joey up in the dressing room, and if he isn’t the vice captain at Newcastle already – he should be.
Joey is the darling of the Newcastle crowd, and the 28 year-old has been simply magnificent this season, and a midfield trio of Barton, Nolan and Tiote is so strong, that they ran the game for Newcastle in the second half on Saturday, and Arsenal were completely outplayed in a game that will be remembered forever.
And just in case you didn’t know it already – the guts and glory that was Newcastle United on Saturday made inspiring headline news around the world – and you can bet the club has a lot more world-wide fans today than it did last Friday.
We’ve lost Andy, and that’s now history and we cannot do anything about it, but Newcastle have to sign up Joey, Tiote and Enrique to long term deals soon.
If we can keep these lads on Tyneside, it’s a great base to build the new Newcastle United on.