Newcastle may be just one win away from safety, and once that happens, Newcastle have said they will open negotiations with both Jose Barton and Jose Enrique to keep them on Tyneside.
Let’s try to keep both Barton and Enrique on Tyneside
Let’s be straight – it would be a huge lift for the club if both players can commit their futures to Newcastle before the summer.
And we know that every player has their price, as Steve Harper recently pointed out, and that doesn’t say that a huge offer will not tempt Mike Ashley to sell either one of them in the summer.
But it will have to be big money to get either one of the two excellent Newcastle players, and we know it took a cool £35M, £30M of it in cash, plus a 25% (or was it 7%) sell-on fee, for Liverpool to finally get Andy Carroll.
A fantastic cash windfall for the Newcastle club, although yes, we did lose big Andy.
Alan Pardew was unsuccessful in keeping Carroll on Tyneside, and of course selling players is really out of his hands, and it’s up to owner Mike Ashley to decide if a player is sold or not.
Pardew told the local Newcastle press today:
“It’s important to keep your best players – and our best players showed up on Saturday, big style.”
“We had some outstanding performances within that team on Saturday – Joey Barton was one of them.”
Kevin Nolan will miss the next two games with a two match suspension for picking up his 10th yellow card of the season, Leon Best is out injured, Cheick Tiote will still be suspended, but the good news is that Ryan Taylor will be back from his 3 match suspension.
And Stephen Ireland cannot play against his club, although the rumor is that he is fit again, but the Irishman didn’t even make the bench on Saturday.
Alan Pardew will be struggling to put out a strong team against Villa on Saturday, as the manager said today:
“We had a lot of medical problems, but we managed to patch people up, and get over the line.”
” Not only did the team played well, but my staff have been brilliant this week.”
“It was a really great day for Newcastle United. The fans played their part.”
Joey Barton was our Man of the Match on Saturday, with around 42% of the vote – and you can still vote here – but only one vote per reader is allowed.
One fact is very true, and that’s when Joey Barton plays for Newcastle, they are simply a better side, and the fact he will be available at Aston Villa says Newcastle still have a decent chance of winning that game.
We really hope Alan can persuade both Joey and Jose to sign new contracts on Tyneside, because they were both so loyal during the dark times following Newcastle’s relegation.
Things look to be on the up at the Newcastle club now, and we really hope they will stay around, and help to make Newcastle great again.
If you would like to send either player a short note to try to persuade them to stay at Newcastle, you can do do here.