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.