Newcastle Transfer Moves Could Keep Joey Barton On Tyneside


The Professional Football Association (PFA) Premier League team of the season was named on Sunday, and not one Newcastle player was in it.

Joey Barton – a very important player to Newcastle

We don’t think that’s too surprising, and of all the Newcastle players, maybe 28 year-old Joey Barton was closest to being included in the side.

Alan Pardew has again waxed lyrical about Joey this morning, as he talked about how important the player is to the Newcastle side:

“He’s been as important to us as Charlie Adam’s been to Blackpool and Scott Parker’s been to West Ham, I wouldn’t disagree with that,”

“Kevin Nolan, Joey and Cheick Tioté, our team has been built around that midfield to a degree, Jonás (Gutiérrez) as well.  “We haven’t really got the strength in depth we would like, so therefore they’re very important.”

“If you’re just looking on Joey this season, I think he gets in that team (the PFA side) ,” “I think probably if he’d burst onto the scene as a 20-year-old and played the football he had this season, he’d be in. But he’d had a past and I think that plagues him somewhat.”

“Only he can get rid of that by consistently doing what he’s done this year.” Maybe it is no bad thing. There is no excuse for the likes of Barton and Kevin Nolan – this season’s top-scoring Premier League midfielder but without an England cap or a PFA place to show for it –  not to be hungry.”

“He’s 28, presumably he can go on until he’s 34,” “Maybe he’ll be in that team a couple of years down the line if he plays anything like he’s done this year.”

It’s still not clear whether Joey Barton will be at Newcastle next season, but it also seems that Newcastle have made some early moves in the transfer market.

And one reason for that is they want to prove to some of our players who doubt the side’s ambition after they sold top man Andy Carroll in January,  that the club indeed wants to build a good side at Newcastle.

Two players, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique were not happy at all at the Andy Carroll sale, and that has impacted their willingness to sign a new deal anytime soon.

But if the club announces some good signings before the end of the season, that may be able to persuade Joey Barton to sign a new deal on Tyneside, but we have to think it’s too late for Spanish left-back Jose Enrique.

We expect Jose to go to either Liverpool or AC Milan, and probably he will end up joining Carroll at the Reds

But we’ll know soon enough.

Comments welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    hope barton stays

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Barton has been dragging his heels over a new contract. if he thinks he is indispensible well he better think agin. if he thinks 1 seasons worth of good preformance is good enuf he better think agin. every player has a price and he has one too.

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  • Selbymag

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Indian Magpie, it seems Barton is prepared to take a cut in wages but is looking for a 3 yr deal as opposed to the 2 years being offered. Therefore i doubt he thinks he is indidpensible but in fact wants some security at a club he hopes to stay at with fans who appreciate him.
    He is seeking assurances from the club that they will spend some money and bring players in.
    Cant blame him to be honest.
    From a fans (my) point of few – at this moment in time he is pretty much indispensible!

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  • Selbymag

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    arse *few = view

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Indian,i agree he or no one else is indispensible but when you keep selling your better players and just get in ordinary replacements you become a club like NUFC….always hoping for a trophy but never really achieving what could be.
    Either we want to build a challenging team or we just want PL status-i for one fan want to be challenging for trophies.

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  • Davies

    Apr 19, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Joey Barton was nothing but a pain in the crack for his first three years at the club. He’s said himself that he owes us. All this heel dragging smacks to me of the player assessing his options for next season.

    Sign the damn contract. If you want another year (or more) at the end of it, earn it on the pitch.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 19, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #7

    i believe if he has 2 sign he shd sign, dont forget his off field tantrums. jail terms injuries and other things.

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  • NorseMag

    Apr 19, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Why wouldn’t he sign? I mean where would he go? Villa? Everton? Join Zoggy at ambitious Wigan? Germany? Don’t think so.

    The likes of Tottenham and Liverpool don’t need him. The only club for him is NUFC and he knows.

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  • Sav

    Apr 19, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Joey for England!

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  • shearermania

    Apr 19, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #10

    joey for a mental institution

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  • Toondoug

    Apr 19, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Barton must stay, but I think both his and Jose’s position on not signing until the club shows its plans is the best they can do at the moment.

    I still fear that players will be sold for top dollar and more Shefki Kuqi type players brought in.

    Hopefully I’ll be proved wrong.

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  • Nathaaan

    Apr 19, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #12

    One player we cannot lose this summer! He is a fantastic player who wants to be at the club for the right reasons!

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