As well as Jose Enrique, another top player who could leave the club this summer is of course Joey Barton.
Joey Barton – wants Newcastle to do better
Joey was even put up for sale for £4M a few days ago, but only last night Alan Pardew said he still had hopes that Joey will eventually sign a new contract and stay on Tyneside. We hope so too.
But it also seems that Joey has been frustrated with the results Newcastle have achieved since December, and this is what manager Alan Pardew said today:
“Joey sometimes has an opinion that can change,” “I think the most important thing for Joey is that he can see the squad’s got real quality in it.”
“A few times last year he came to see me frustrated we weren’t getting the results in terms of the performances he was putting in, and I had to agree with some of that.”
It’s a delicate situation right now with Joey Barton, as it is with Jose Enrique, and the probability seems still that both will have moved on come September.
Indeed, if we are to believe the news this week, Liverpool may be very close to bidding for Enrique, since the news is that Arsenal may also now be looking at Jose too.
That would be as a replacement for their departed French International left-back Gail Clichy, who signed on at Manchester City only yesterday in a £7M deal.
Losing Enrique and Barton this summer would hardly be good for Newcastle, and would mean that Nolan, Enrique and Barton would all have left Newcastle this summer – three of the side’s very best players last season.
We have to hope that doesn’t happen, but if it does then it cannot be good for the side, surely.