There’s no doubt that Joey Barton has become a major and influential player for Newcastle United this season.
Joey Barton – in action against Stoke a couple of weeks ago
Joey has been in some of the best form of his career this season, and add to that, that he seems to be winning his a battle against his many demons, and this has been a very positive season for Joey Barton.
Having said that, I just wish I could add that he’s just signed a new five year deal at Newcastle, but let’s hope that will happen, and sooner rather than later.
Joey has missed the last two home games for Newcastle, in which Newcastle were able to get just a single point in the draw against Bolton, and that was followed by a 2-1 defeat against a very inconsistent Everton side.
Joey will be fit for tomorrow’s game, and he will be a huge player for Newcastle in the vital game against Wolves.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say about the Liverpudlian today:
“We missed him in the two games at home.” “His influence, delivery and character on the pitch is difficult to replace.”
“Joey’s a match-winner. He adopts good positions. You want your players to be energized and offer impact, but sometimes you just need to stand still because that’s where the space is.
“Joey knows when to run around, and when to stand still. That sounds a minor point, but it’s very important at this level.”
“You can get carried away in the Premier League by running round like a nut case, and actually achieve nothing.” “He might give us the edge on Saturday.”
“I hear one or two things that Jose Enrique, Joey and Kevin Nolan are not committed because of their contracts, but that’s absolute rubbish.”
“Joey’s banging on my door about what he has to do to make Saturday, and he’ll definitely play.”
That thing about not being committed is pure rubbish, because Kevin’s contract for one thing runs through to June of 2013, and Joey and Jose are far too professional not to give 100% in every single game.
And there was news this week that Newcastle are trying to tie down their captain, Kevin Nolan, to a long term deal, as the club seeks some stability on the playing side of things, as well as the management side.
Alan talked about his captain, and Newcastle’s top goal scorer this season:
“Kev’s given 100% for me in every game, and also in training.” “He leads by example on the training pitch.”
“I think it’s important for Newcastle fans to understand that, and not to listen to the negative voices who put stuff on the Internet which is absolute rubbish.”
There’s no doubt that Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton will be huge players for Newcastle in tomorrow’s game, and we may even need a goal or two from Kevin if we are to win against Wolves.
With Leon Best out for a while, and maybe all season in the very worst case, some of our remaining strikers will have to step up to the plate in the remaining eight games of the season.
It’s a terrific opportunity for Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, Nile Ranger and even Shefki Kuqi, to hit some gaols for Newcastle.
A win would be fantastic tomorrow, but a defeat would be almost unbearable – so let’s hope and pray it will be the former.