Alan Pardew – Joey Barton Is An Eccentric

Joey Barton has been one of the real leaders on Tyneside this season, along with captain Kevin Nolan, both Liverpudlians strangely enough.

Joey Barton – an eccentric  leader at the Newcastle club

And you just have to watch the second half of the amazing comeback against Arsenal several weeks ago, to see who the two players were who were running the game.

Both Joey and Kevin, after every Newcastle goal, just wanted to get that ball back asap on the center circle to get on with the game, and their leadership on the field of play was there for all to see.

And Alan Pardew has come out today in the Evening Chronicle and said some weird things about Joey – like he’s eccentric and not normal a normal footballer – but maybe that’s true.

Joey is still a wonderful footballer and always has been in fact, even though his career has been inundated with very bad press, due to his angry outbursts, although there has been precious few of those over the last two seasons, and great credit to Mr. Barton for that.

This is what Alan Pardew said today about the top 28 year-old Newcastle midfielder:

“Joey is not a normal footballer, he is quite eccentric.” “His eccentricity extends to his game too and he does things on a football pitch that are eccentric at times.”

“That’s what makes him the player that he is.” “He has been consistent on the pitch because he’s been consistent off it with his behavior.”

“And Joey’s behavior is a reflection of where he is at.” “He carries his heart on his sleeve a little bit still and there have been games we’ve played when I can see he’s been upset.”

“When he’s upset it can affect him. At Fulham he was upset about something – and I won’t go into reasons why – and he didn’t play well.”

“Nobody understands it better than himself, and no one has worked harder at it than him.” “You have to pay him full tribute for that.” “From where he was not that long ago it is a tremendous feat.”

It seems almost a certainty that Joey was upset about Andy Carroll leaving the club, as were a few other players, not to mention the Newcastle fans, who were simply dumbfounded by the news.

When Joey is mentioned these days, the main issue that comes up with Newcastle supporters is whether he’ll sign  a new deal in the summer, and stay at the Newcastle club, whom he joined back in the summer of 2007 from Manchester City for just £5.8M.

It’s not good news that he’s waiting until the summer before he talks again to Newcastle about his new contract, because that suggests he may want to see if some other clubs are interested in him.

And since his deal will run out at Newcastle a year come June, he could be a bargain buy for another club.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far


    Mar 14, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #1

    hope he stays, but not sure will he be startin next year with HBA back . Still a top class player though.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 14, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #2

    1. Ed you’ve probably upset Joey. He will tell you himself he’s not a Liverpudlian. He#s a Evertorian.

    2. Joey not signing till summer has probably very little to do with him wanting to see which clubs come in for him. Rather he wants to see which players are brought in. He wants to see Ashley’s and the clubs ambitions.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 14, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #3

    *He#s = He’s

  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Mar 14, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #4

    I know it’s a long shot but does anyone think potentially we could go in for both Moussa Sow and Gervinho (Similar to the Petit/Overmars deal years ago for Arsenal/Barca I think) We have the cash potentially.

    Then would be looking at a couple of free agents and a couple of cheaper players?

    Would be nice like 🙂

  • MidlandGeordie

    Mar 14, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #5 – ‘hope he stays, but not sure will he be startin next year with HBA back . Still a top class player though.’

    I disagree, HBA can play anwhere across the midfield, on the either wing and play off the frontman. As for Joey, he is a natural box-to-box central midfielder but also extremely adept on the right side of midfield.

    Personally I would love to see Joey take up his central midfield role alongside Tiote, with HBA on either wing or playing off a Carrol-esque target man.

  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 14, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #6

    His attitude has improved tremendously as has his play. Definitely a player to re-sign. Can’t wait to see Ben Arfa play, probably not until next season from what Pardew is saying. Mid-field should be our real strength again next season. I hope we get a first rate striker, a pacy right winger who can actually beat players and cross and possibly a left back if necessary in the summer.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 14, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Thank god you managed to slip AC leaving there ED! It had been two whole articles since you managed to work him into something

  • Jammydodger

    Mar 15, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Charlietoon i agree with we dont need to be reminded ac left every two seconds but it is a significant recent event which might be having repercussions currently. It is relevant to the article so it would be retarded not to mention it


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