News today in the Newcastle Journal, that Joey Barton will be signing his new contract to stay at Newcastle for at least the next five years.
Joey Barton – to sign new contract within a week
And with the disturbing quotes today from Jose Enrique, which seem to be paving the way for him to leave Newcastle in the summer, that’s a bit of good news for the Newcastle fans.
Maybe Joey committing his future to the Newcastle club, will build some momentum and persuade some of our other key players to stay.
With the excellent 2-0 victory on Tuesday night at Birmingham, Newcastle are now 8 points clear of the drop zone, and that’s really 9 points when you consider our good goal difference of +4.
And with 11 games to go in the seaosn, if Newcastle can mount a good finish, we could even climb quite high in the league.
Joey Barton has said the Newcastle players were never really looking over their shoulders this season:
“We were never really looking at what was happening below us. I can understand why others might have been because the league is so tight. We have always believed we have had a bit more in the dressing room than that.
“We have had a couple of knocks, but the spirit in the camp is so strong that we have put that behind us. We went to Blackburn, which is a tough place to go, and controlled the game. On another day we would have won that comfortably.”
“We have done that again at Birmingham. They had only lost twice at home and I think their manager would be the first to admit we have dominated the game. It’s as comfortable as I have ever been in winning a game there. We are looking up the table, but we always were.”
Each of the remaining 11 league games of the season are now taking on increased significance if we are to keep our top players like Jose Enrique and Cheick Tiote at the club.
And we’ll take each game as it comes, and now the only thing that matters is to beat Bolton at St. James’ Park a week tomorrow, and we have to hope we will have a sellout crowd there to cheer on the lads.
There would be nothing better for the lads than to have a storming finish to the season, and that could even be possible with players like Ben Arfa, Steven Taylor, Stephen Ireland, Dan Gosling and the like returning from injury.
We have to hope that is the case, because it would be absolutely soul destroying if we lose Enrique and Tiote this summer.