Will Joey Barton Be Used In Central Midfield By Pardew?

Joey Barton has had his very best season since arriving from Manchester City in the summer of 2007, just after Mike Ashley had bought the famous Newcastle United club.

Joey Barton – loving his football on Tyneside

Joey has been playing out on the right wing these last few months, and plays in a David Beckham type way out there, putting in some great crosses, and he’s been very effective.

Joey talked about the first time he was asked to play out there by former manager Chris Hughton:

“That was my greatest worry when Chrissy told me I was going to play there against West Ham – how long will I stay here?”  “It is then almost a case of if you go there and play too well everyone will see you as a right-sided midfielder.”

“I am just happy to be fit and playing and being able to showcase my talent at a big club like this. I would play left-back, right-back or in goal if I could.”

“I am just happy to play in the side, and I feel, at the minute, it is the best formation for us to play as a team.”“There will be certain games when the gaffer might feel it would be better for me to play in the middle.” “At Spurs, he felt it was better for me to play off the front man.”

“As I say, I am just happy being fit and well, and I am enjoying my football for the first time in a long time. Long may it continue.”

Joey has formed a decent partnership with young Danny Simpson down the right wing, and it’s a lot different from the way Jose and Jonas play on the other wing.

Joey continued and he’s very close to the truth when he says that good players can play anywhere.

Barton added:

“I always have a laugh at the lads when they give me stick about playing on the right. My motto is good players can play anywhere.”

“It might not be the traditional or modern way of playing there, but you sort of adjust it to how you see best.”

“I have tried to play to the team’s strengths. We have players who are good in the air and make good runs, and Kevin Nolan can get up from midfield.”

“On the left side of the pitch we tend to dribble a bit more, but Simmo and I on the right are a bit more direct.” “It is a nice balance that we have in the side.”

We think Joey Barton could do a job for Newcastle in center midfield, and once the new players come in over the summer, we’ll see  just have to wait and see where Alan Pardew will deploy Barton, who’s been one of Newcastle very best players this season.

But there’s no doubt his best position is central midfield.

And we are hoping Joey is going to sign his new contract soon to stay on Tyneside – this week?

We saw the report yesterday that Joey had only been offered a two year extension at Newcastle, but we’d be very surprised if that turns out to be true.

We hope it isn’t true.

Comments very welcome – but please respect other readers’ view when they differ from you own.

31 comments so far

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Feb 22, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Doesnt where he plays to me, we just need him to play well !.

  • Davies

    Feb 22, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2

    The two year extension seems to make sense as far as club policy is concerned. He’ll be 29 in September so the extension would heep him playing until he’s 32. He might be an old crock by then. Still, I’d give him the five year deal as of now, as it’s only an extra 2 years from what they’re trying to give him anyway. He is, somewhat remarkably, given what we were all saying about him a couple of years back, worth the trouble.

  • Davies

    Feb 22, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Sorry, that was meant to be 31, not 32.

  • Davies

    Feb 22, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Or is it 32?

    Shut up Davies.

  • toonry13

    Feb 22, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #5

    cisse on a free transfer potentially. could quit because of racist fans. possible loophole. would be a great bit of business and could change our outlook for the summer. 41 in 48 in the past two years. 17goals from 19games this season.sounds liek good form

  • Sinner

    Feb 22, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #6

    toonry13 // Feb 22, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Dont follow these sh*ts.
    There are no loophole,he has a contract for the rest of the season.And i fully expect him to honor his contract.
    We currently have 5 strikers(mcloven,Best,Ameobi,Ranger and kuqi),i seriously doubt Pardew would be looking for another striker.

  • toonry13

    Feb 22, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #7

    would you want cisse as newcastle if he was on a free transfer?now or in the summer

  • Thump

    Feb 22, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #8

    @Sinner: Cisse or Kuqi?

    I know who I’d have…

  • Overseas Newcastle - Cheik out Tiotes back pocket

    Feb 22, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #9

    kuki ivar i men ovar cisht oany dy lyke, thmup ur a idoioit mn.

    bt hy wat do i knoo eh? 🙁

  • toonry13

    Feb 22, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #10

    its an exciting possibility, especially on a free. then crouch and gervinho for 15mill-18mill.
    then ireland/krancjar and/or a right winger. and some defensive cover. raid the relegated teams.dont think we need to spend the entire 30mill in one window.
    ive been impressed with pardew so far in terms of tactics etc.. still a bit worried about him in the transfer market i.e carlton cole for 10m
    any italians on here know whether you can watch the viareggio cup online?
    found this website that streams italian tv http://wwitv.com/television/104.htm
    just dont know if its on any channels

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 22, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #11

    coming up :- bolton h – everton h – stoke a wolves h ! any reason why not 12 points?

  • free giveaways

    Feb 22, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #12

    I wouldn’t mind Cisse on a free but don’t want Crouch. Gervinho would be the best signing we could make and it would enable us to play a 4-3-2-1 with Gervinho and Ben Arfa playing behind a striker.

    What’s happening with Barton’s contract? I thought he was going to sign it a month ago, now I’m hearing we’ve only offered him two years.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 22, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #13

    supermacnumber9, because this is Newcastle.

  • Thump

    Feb 22, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Overseas Newcastle proving he’s a truly terrible WUM once again.

  • cyprus

    Feb 22, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Always admired Crouch. Incredible ball control for a big guy, impeccable scoring record, terrorizes central defenders. And 2 good years left in him. An absolute yes.

  • free giveaways

    Feb 22, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #16

    cyprus ;

    Really? If he’s that good why does Harry want to get rid of him?

    He’s got good control, people go over the top about his touch because he’s so tall.

    Impeccable scoring record? 2 goals in 25 games this season.

    Doesn’t cause defenders problems at all. For his size, he gets bullied off the ball so easily. Not to mention he’s slow and not very mobile. There are so many strikers I would rather have than him.

  • TimToon9

    Feb 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Sinner.. aRE u serious? U wouldn’t want Cisse for free? And u think he should honor his contract, when he plays for a bunch of retards who managed to nearly bankrupt their nation, and still chants that HE is similar to an ape.. F****g greeks, only had the antique..

  • Tramp

    Feb 22, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #19

    I hate this time of the season off the field, contract negotiations; on? off? Players in? Players out? speculation this, rumour that.

    This blog becomes the dead sea of floating rumours and fictional paper stories.

    Let’s talk about future transfers later, i like to read everyone’s take on the best set up and line up for the squad not ludacris non-evidentual rumours.

    Joey B on the right, it works, it’s working. Keep him there. Don’t try and fix something that isn’t broken. There will be games where he’ll be considered by Pards to be back in the centre, but only if we have a body to fill in on the right, Raylor would be my obvious choice.

    Mon tha toon!

  • TimToon9

    Feb 22, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Thump, u are class!

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 22, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #21

    GeordieGerman – supermacnumber9, because this is Newcastle.
    yes – but it just might be the NEW Newcastle!

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 22, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Sunderland AFC to trump Newcastle United and Liverpool FC for Wigan Athletic winger Charles N’Zogbia . Bruce is keen to land his former Latics winger and is believed to be lining up a bid which could be as much as £12 million.



  • Overseas Newcastle - Cheik out Tiotes back pocket

    Feb 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #23

    tump, wat u tlking nbout man?

  • free giveaways

    Feb 22, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #24

    supermacnumber9 ;

    Why? He’s one of the best wingers in the prem and only 24 years old. Him and Ben Arfa would be superb together. I think the comments he made when he was here weren’t a lot worse than the comments Enrique has made recently.

  • leedodd

    Feb 22, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #25

    We Don’t want Crouch He is Hopeless !!!!!

  • Aaaser

    Feb 22, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Couldn’t agree more Free Giveaways..

    Btw, wazzup with ure nick?

  • Aaaser

    Feb 22, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #27

    I have a Man crush in Crouch, i love Big forwards and i would love to see him in Newcastle. Good Player? Yes. Success in Nufc? No, i dont think so.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Feb 22, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Crouch – good touch? He’s only able to retain possession because his gangly limbs allow him to have 3 or 4 touches, to finally get it on the deck.

  • kilcline

    Feb 22, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Midfield squad to pick from
    Ben Arfa
    Ireland (potentially)

    This is a class bunch for a team outside top 4, we need 2 quality strikers and anything else would be a bonus (youngsters coming in)

  • solano

    Feb 22, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s quite disgraceful for the Greek fans in this day and age to shout that he looks like an ape….(timtoon9…post18)…it is quite clear that Mr Cisse resembles a blacked up version of King Neptune…and if anything, he would be good in re-introducing the Classics to our own run-down comprehensives here in Newcastle….he might even have as many tattoos as some of my year11’s!

  • solano

    Feb 22, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Or, maybe it’s Poseidon? Anyway, my confusion proves that we need him! Pretty crap footballer mind……


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