Barton Superb – We Got The Best Out Of Leon And Lovenkrands

Joey Barton has been one of Newcastle’s best players this season, and has also been fit this season.

Joey Barton challenges David Bentley last night

Joey of course had a difficult first three seasons on Tyneside, when he played just 47 times with 3 goals, but this season the lad has played 26 times with 5 goals, and has been in superb form, in fact he’s been in the best form of his life.

And apart from one isolated and brief daft moment, which he apologized for, he has also been well behaved on the field of play.

Newcastle manager Pardew has certainly been very impressed with Joey since the Londoner arrived on Tyneside, and he said this today:

“I have to say Joey has worked very hard at turning his life around.” “That has been projected onto the football pitch.”

“We are getting the best of Joey Barton probably at anytime in his career.”

“I thought he was very unlucky to get booked against Birmingham with some of the other challenges that went on.”

“Maybe there is still a slight stain against him.” “But for me, and I can only take someone as I find them, Joey has been superb.”

Pardew is also pleased with Peter  Lovenkrands and Leon Best, and they both came through a big test last night, and it was terrific to see Peter go up to Leon at the end of the game, after both had been substituted,  and give him a big hug – it was like – “we did it”

And after Leon had scored with his great header, when he simply out-jumped two Birmingham defenders, to solidly head the ball past Forster, his face told it all as he ran behind the goal with the Newcastle fans going crazy – if that wasn’t happiness – we don’t know what is.

Alan talked about the two strikers who were heroes last night:

“I think it is about getting the balance right and encouraging them and getting them to produce what is best for their particular game.”

“They are not Shola Ameobi and they are not Andy Carroll. They are different types and we got the best out of them at Birmingham.”

“I’m so pleased for Leon Best because I think there is a bit more pressure on him than Peter because he hasn’t really done a great deal at the football club.”

“But he produced a great performance at St. Andrew’s and can be proud of that.”

We were surprised at just how good Leon looked last night, and we already knew Peter  can put the ball into the back of the net.

Best  was continuously complimented by the commentators for his excellent heading ability – so it seems obvious Leon is still learning, and he may even be up and down a little bit in the games ahead – but he seems to be on an upward trend of improvement.

We have to remember Leon is still just 24 years old, only a couple of years older than Andy Carroll. In fact Leon is 28 months older than Andy, who is 28 months older than a certain Nile Ranger.

And we still think that Nile Ranger could turn out to be just as good as big Andy, and who knows, maybe in a year or two he could even wear that famous number 9 Newcastle shirt?

Near the end of the game the ball was played back to Ben Foster, and Nile raced back for the ball, and Ben mis-kicked the ball to his right, as he seemed to be unnerved by the 6’2″ streak coming at him.

But that’s what Nile does to defenses – he scares the living daylight out of them.

Yes, we know he still  has a lot to learn, but as we’ve said before, he scares the living daylights out of us , and we’re not even playing. 😀

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • free giveaways

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #1

    I think Ranger has a lot to do before he can be considered as good as Carroll or get that 9 shirt. His attitude and professionalism certainly needs to improve.

  • SuperShearer

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Think Barton has been our best player this season. If it weren’t for him Carroll would not have been nearly as coveted. Barton’s service for Carroll was impeccable and frankly he has been the best English Midfielder in the league this year. Just goes to show that Capello like so many before him selects on reputation rather than current form.

  • carrollsinger

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #3

    And score goals

  • free giveaways

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #4

    He doesn’t score goals because of his lack of professionalism, not ability. He needs to stop living his “gangster” lifestyle and concentrate on being a footballer.

  • ganiyu

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #5

    lets buy ben foster

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #6

    I really proud of the team performance last night. I’ve even watched the match 3 times on TV just soaking it all up. Gutierrez my God how well he played. He seemed to be helping out all over the place and causing their defense all kinds of problems. Pardew has really got him playing well I must say and Best is proving what a good buy he was by Hughton after all. Tiote played very well again and Jose Enrique was solid even though he did get caught under possession a couple of times was a major threat to the opposition down the left. The whole team played their socks off and passed the ball well and intelligently. We kept charging at their players whenever we lost the ball and gave them no time to play which was very pleasing to see.
    I am liking what Alan Pardew is doing and I hope we keep this up. I just can’t wait to see Ben Arfa back and adding his class to our already impressive team!

    Howay The Lads!!!!!!!!

  • scottsellars...unsunghero

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #7

    i dont rate ranger decent ability terrible attitude

    on a different note , am so pleased for Leon Best everyone wrote him off (me included) though jury still out yesterday was his best game (yes beeter than west ham) he won loads in air made good runs and just wanted that cross from jonas more than defender , i really hope he can keep improving he might have a future in our black and white

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #8

    I thought Jonas and Best were tremendous against Birmingham. Jonas had his best performance of the season and has been steadily improving over the last few games when I was starting to write him off. Same with Best. He is improving and has a goal scorers touch some ofthe time. Still we need another striker or 2 in the summer and some real spending for a change. Keep up the momentum and we will be in Europe after next season!!

  • ArtyH

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m pleased that Bestie had a good game last night, I think he will get better as the season goes on. Also I hope Barton remembers how the toon stood by him while he was in prison, given that he should sign on the dotted line…..

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Big divide on Ranger. Yes his attitude is suspect according to Pardew, Beardsley and a few others outside of football how have met him in unfortunate circumstances.
    But then attitude never stopped Tony Adams, Eric Cantona, Paul Gascoigne etc etc.
    The lads 19 yrs old for crying out load and is attempting to make a break through in the first team.
    The lads got quality, it’s ip to him to prove it and show it consistently .
    Believe once he scores we’ll see a different animal!

  • alka

    Feb 16, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #11

    FREE GIVAWAYS message4

    How the bloody hell do you know that Joey has a gangster lifestyle. You obviously don’t live on Tyneside, or maybe your a sad mackem

  • BeeGuy

    Feb 16, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #12

    The Bolton game will be a real measure of just how far Best, Lovenkrands and Ranger have come. Bolton is composed and disciplined and not afraid to attack. The NUFC core can cope with that all day, but the strikers need to find the creativity and poise to get a few good shots on net. It seems to be coming, but Bolton is a bigger test. Howay the strikers!

  • Brutooon

    Feb 16, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Ranger should at least score a goal by this age

    Rooney, Owen for example score couple of goals by this age


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