Joey Barton was born in the blue part of Liverpool, and was an Everton supporter as a boy.
Joey Barton – scoring against Arsenal recently
So it’s not surprising that the 28 year-old is desperate to face his boyhood side this afternoon, and of course if he makes it, and it’s still said to be 50-50, then we’re sure Barton will again put in another good performance for the Magpies.
This has been Joey’s best season at Newcastle, his fourth and the previous three were all interrupted by serious foot injuries, and he only appeared 47 times with 3 goals during those first three seasons.
But this season, the Huyton-born player already has 26 appearances and 5 good goals for the Magpies, and Joey has given an interview in the club’s official match day program for today’s home game:
“I’m a boyhood Everton fan so this is always one of the games I look for in the fixture list.””I think they’re a better side than their league position suggests, but the league’s been a bit higgledy piggledy this year. Teams are winning at places they shouldn’t win and it’s been quite a strange league to be a part of.”
“Everton find themselves in a relatively difficult position after having such a good season last time out and it’s down to them to get themselves out of it, but I think they’ll have more than enough quality to avoid getting sucked into a dogfight.
“We played well at their place in September so it would be nice to follow that up with a home victory. Your home form’s crucial and I think that’s one of the areas where we can really improve if we want to push on and be successful this season.”
This is only the second poor season David Moyes has had at Everton since he left Preston back in 2002 to take over the reigns on Merseyside. The first was back in 2004, when the side finished 4th bottom, but they were still 6 points above third bottom Leicester City.
Indeed the next season David had the Everton side in 4th position below only Chelsea (Champions), Arsenal and Manchester United in that order.
47 year-old David Moyes has been an excellent manager at Everton, and he has shown you don’t always need big transfer money to build a more than decent side, and he always gets the very best out of the players at his disposal.
It will be tough game today for the Newcastle side, there’s no doubt about that.