Joey Barton has come out today, and said his fomrer team-mate Stephen Ireland has a big chance on Tyneside.
Stephen Ireland – in his best form he’d walk into the side
But Joey has also said it will be a big challenge for Stephen to make the Newcastle first team.
Stephen arrived ion the Tyne amid the sensational selling of Andy Carroll on the last day of the window, but he;s been a great player in his time at Manchester City, and we’ve liked the look of Stephen for some time now.
Ireland will be hoping to win a permanent stay on Tyneside after joining on loan – and if Newcastle pick up the option to sign him in the summer, he will probably cost the club around £8M in the transfer market.
Stephen said yesterday he hopes to resume full training late next week, and should be fit for the game at Stoke on 19th March, that’s 4 weeks today.
Barton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I worked with Stevie when we were at Man City together. “He’s a player with great quality.”
“Obviously, he lost his way a bit at Villa. He’s a player who needs a little bit of love, an arm around his shoulder, and people to get behind him.”“I think if he can get that at this club, he’ll be a good acquisition for us.”
“It’s up to him to prove he deserves to play with a great bunch of lads but, knowing him as I do, I don’t think he’ll have any problems settling in.”
“Hopefully, we can give him a platform to go out and showcase his talents again.” “But as I say, this isn’t an easy side to get in any more.”
Barton came out earlier in the week to urge Mike Ashley to invest the £35M the club got for Andy Carroll.
It would really help to strengthen the squad this summer, but since Mike never utters a single word to the fans, we have no idea what he’s even thinking.
It’s really a very sad state of affairs at the club, when the owner will not even speak to the faithful Newcastle fans – surely the Newcastle hierarchy knows that?
Why Mike cannot issue a few words once a month or so, about what’s going on at the club – in broad terms – we have no idea, but that would increase the communication with his customers, which has been zero for far too long.
“We’ve got some good players – your Danny Guthries, your Cheiks, and your Nobbys and myself who can all play in there.
“And he’ll probably have a fight on his hands for a place.”
“He’ll have known that before he came here, and hopefully he can force his way in the team and show us what he’s all about.”
There’s no doubt that if Stephen can produce the form he’s capable of, he can be a starter at Newcastle before the end of the season, and we’re sure he knows that too.