Newcastle are starting to pick up a lot of injuries, which is putting some stress on the Newcastle squad, in what is going to be a crucial part of the season coming up.
Joey Barton – will not be risked before Stoke City game
Joey Barton and Stephen Ireland were both missing on Saturday in the loss to Everton, and it seems like Alan Pardew will wrap them in cotton wool over the next couple of weeks, to ensure they are both available for the next game at Stoke.
But Stephen Ireland hasn’t played since last December, and is short of match practice, but it looks as though Pardew will not risk the player in the Reserve game against Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Wednesday.
This is what Alan said today:
“There are one or two players who need a game,” “Sometimes you need 90 minutes under your belt to feel confident, but we’re going to have to look at that carefully and obviously not put anyone at risk.”
“There will certainly be no Joey Barton or Stephen Ireland playing, it’s more important to look after them and make sure they’re right for the Stoke game.”
“Even within the squad, I think we all know there are certain key players who need to be on the pitch for us and when they’re missing we sometimes lack a bit of quality. But everybody is pulling in the same direction and has put in a damn good effort.”
If Joey Barton had been able to play on Saturday there’s every chance we could have got at least a draw, and it shows just how important Joey is to the Newcastle side this season.
And it’s interesting that Pardew is putting Stephen Ireland almost in the same bracket, so we have to believe Stephen has been looking good in training last week, and that would be good.
You would think the Newcastle club would be anxious keep Joey Barton at the club, and they would go the extra mile to secure his services on Tyneside.
And it seems silly that the club will not offer him the three year extension he wants, in a deal where he is reportedly taking a £1M cut a year in wages to stay at Newcastle.
That’s what the news is, and of course we don’t know the full story, but if Joey wants a three year extension to stay at the club – give him it – please.