It seems that Joey Barton was gutted, confused and annoyed, just like the rest of us, when Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool.
Harper and Barton after game Tuesday – you would think we had won!
But now that a little time has passed by, and the fact that it seems Andy wanted to leave for Liverpool unless he got £80K/week at Newcastle to stay, makes it a little easier to take, but just a little.
In fact we are now hoping a young cockney kid, Nile Ranger, can come through big time in the next year or two, and that will make it all easier to take.
And if Newcastle can entice a certain 17 year-old wonder kid, Connor Whickham, to Newcastle in the summer, that would also help big time.
Joey Barton is becoming one of the real leaders at the Newcastle club, along with captain Kevin Nolan, and if Joey is not the official vice captain of the team he should be.
Joey has come out today, and says he thinks the Newcastle team is close to becoming a really good side, but that big investment is needed this summer.
And that is right, and it will be interesting to see if Mike Ashley comes through with money in the summer – it’s almost a litmus test as to what his real ambitions are for the Newcastle club.
Does he want to simply make money at the club, or does he want to build a top team – and we don’t think Newcastle fans know exactly what he wants to do – since he never says anything – at least not to the Newcastle fans.
Contrast the silence from Mike Ashley with that of new Liverpool owner John Henry, who talks to the Liverpool fans – his customers – on a regular basis, and even explained the sale of Torres to Chelsea and the transfer of Andy Carroll to Merseyside.
We just get the usual silence – nothing – from the Newcastle hierarchy – and we all know it just doesn’t work – including Mike himself.
This is what Joey said today:
“If we can add one or two to the squad we already have in the summer, we have the spine of a side capable of challenging for Europe in my opinion,”“It is an honor to play with this group of lads, who are so committed and work so hard. We want to keep getting better and pushing on.”
“We do still need to improve the squad. We are hungry to do that, and it is up to the men upstairs to amass a squad that gives us the bodies to challenge for a European football spot.” “You need to spend money, if you pay peanuts you get monkeys. As long as they spend it, and spend it wisely we have a chance.”
“We might need to be able to rotate the squad a bit, but I am quite happy to be playing every week. What we have to look for, when lads pick up injuries and suspensions, is we have got good quality players to come in.” “We have 14, 15 16, players with Premier League experience who can do that at the moment. For me you need 20 or 22.”
“I know this football club can do some strange things, but this is very much a work in progress. We have had set backs along the way, and it has been tough this season.”“But we have spirit in abundance and we dig in when the chips are down. We have a team of 11 men together and we have shown that again.”
“I think you could pitch any sort of character into the dressing room, they would have to buy into the culture we have in there.” “If they don’t, they would be found out quite quickly and moved on. Everyone who has come in over the last year has had to buy into our principles and how hard we work for each other.”
“All of the lads in there are prepared to sacrifice individual performances for the good of the team and that is how you get a good side.” “The thing I am happy with is the team, it’s not about myself. In the first half at Birmingham I was not at my best, but in the second I put a shift in for the side.”
“That is what we have shown this season. There are times when players have not played well, but then the rest of the team pulls them through. Individuals do not win games, teams do.”
Really good words from Joey Barton this morning.
There’s no doubt that Barton is a huge player for Newcastle United now, and a big favorite with the fans, and we’ll be happier once he signs his new contract to keep him on Tyneside for the next 5 years or so.
And then we’ll look for the great Jose Enrique to sign a new long term deal, because these are two top players Alan Pardew needs to build his new Newcastle United team around.
And after that we’ll look for Cheick Tiote to get a new improved long term contract to stay on Tyneside, which he’s already earned in the short time he’s been at Newcastle.