Joey Barton had a very good game on Saturday against Birmingham City.
Joey Barton – in action yesterday with Lee Bowyer
And you could tell from the first minute that he wanted to make it up to the Newcastle fans, for the team’s rather inept display in the previous game at Liverpool.
Joey is a close second to Stephen Taylor at the moment in our poll for Newcastle’s Man of the Match on Saturday.
Steven has 26% of the vote with Joey on 25% and Jonas Gutierrez, who again had a good game for Newcastle on the left wing, on 21%.
We were told after the Liverpool game by Alan Pardew that the players were upset and a bit frustrated with their performance at Anfield.
And it seems Joey Barton was one of the players who was particularly upset after that game, against one of his home town clubs.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew talked about Joey today:
“He gets frustrated sometimes because he wants to see more of the ball but when he gets it he makes something happen,”
“He made so much room for Danny Simpson and kept coming inside and either crossed himself or created room for Danny who also put in five or six crosses, through Joey’s clever play.”
“Joey had a great game. We all got frustrated last week and that includes Joey – he wants to win, you’ve got to admire that.”
Joey’s best position is probably in central midfield, where he is always involved in the game, although he plays a bit of a David Beckham style out on the right wing, and Joey can be a good crosser of the ball, most of the time.
We expect captain Kevin Nolan to sign his new contract very soon, and after that we are hoping Joey will sign his new contract to stay long term on Tyneside.
And news yesterday that Birmingham are interested in Joey, but why would Barton want to go to Birmingham from Newcastle United?
That’s hardly a step up for the England International, and it’s a very good question.
After Wolves’ gutsy 3-1 win against West Brom yesterday, Birmingham City are still only 3 points above the drop zone with two games to play.
And this side is in the Europa Cup next season?