The two big leaders of the Newcastle squad are captain Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton.
Joey Barton – in action last Sunday
And we really hope both of them will soon sign new extended contracts at Newcastle.
Joey has been in very good form for Newcastle this season, out on the right wing of all places, and it’s been his best season ever at Newcastle, and his 4th season at the club.
Barton has played 35 times with 5 goals this season, yet in the previous 3 seasons on Tyneside, he was dogged with injury, and played only 46 times with 3 goals.
Joey is hoping to put the icing on the cake on Sunday with a win in the last game of the season against West Brom, and Man City’s rather comfortable 3-0 win over Stoke last night kept Newcastle in with a chance of overhauling the Potters in the league.
Stoke are one point ahead of Newcastle with the exact same goal difference of -1.
This is what Joey said today:
“It would be nice to send the fans away for the summer with a win.” “It is a conundrum really for me. Sometimes you cannot wait for a season to be over and done with.”
“From my own perspective, though, I am enjoying playing my football again and do not want the season to end.” “It is one of those situations, but hopefully results go our way on Sunday and we can finish in a respectable league position.”
We are hoping the Newcastle team will come out of their starting blocks like the proverbial steam train on Sunday afternoon, and make the final game of this Premier League season a lot better than it was two years ago.
The fans deserve that, and from what we saw at Chelsea, there is no let-up coming from the Newcastle side, and we must have a decent chance of getting all 3 points on Sunday with another good display.
“I don’t think it needs me to say how good our fans are.” “We saw it again at Chelsea. They scored late on and our fans were facing a five-hour journey back from the capital.”
“However, they all stayed until the end to applaud us, and we were able to reward them with a late equalizer which we deserved.” “Considering we went to Chelsea with a lot of young lads who had not played a lot this season, it was a good result.
“We had Tiote, Nobby Nolan, Bestie and Danny Guthrie all out – and the list goes on and on.” “Hopefully, we will have them all back next season, add to the squad and be able to kick on.”
“The foundations are there, and there is a chance, if we beat West Brom, to finish in quite a healthy league position.” “We have to build on that next season. There is no point resting on our laurels.”
“We have done well this season and now we need to kick on to give the fans and this club the success it deserves.”
It was such a satisfying performance for Newcastle fans on Sunday, in a game I thought we could possibly have been taken a hammering in.
Wrong again, thank goodness.
And those words from Joey don’t seem to be coming from a player who is looking to leave Newcastle anytime soon – do they?
Joey has been great for Newcastle this season, and he’s now rightly getting the plaudits for putting his career, both off and and on the pitch, back together.
We all know about some of the serious episodes of the past, but Joey deserves great credit for getting his life back together.