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.
“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.
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