Alan Pardew will soon have to appoint a new captain to replace the departed Kevin Nolan.
Joey Barton – could he be the new captain
And the three main candidates for the job would seem to be Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini and Joey Barton.
But our new 26 year-old Senegal striker has quickly ruled himself out of the job, as Demba Ba said today:
“I am not here to be a captain or a leader,” “Other people here can do this job – players who have been here a long time.”
“I am not interested in being captain and there are many who should be captain before me.”
Those are good words from Ba, and we wonder if Alan Pardew will go for Joey Barton as captain next season?
Pardew and Barton get on famously, and that would certainly mean that Joey would play a big part in the coming season, and the captain’s job could even help him get a new deal on Tyneside, which he is still very keen to do.
But, come to think of it, if didn’t help Kevin Nolan get the deal he wanted on Tyneside.
There’s no doubt that Barton would be a controversial choice, but if he terminates that Twitter account of his, it may even be possible, and whoever the choice is – it has to be Alan Pardew’s choice and his alone.
But it could be that Joey has already burned his bridges with the club’s hierarchy (Ashley and LLambias), and he could still be on his way out of the club this summer.
Between Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor, the Argentine has the advantage that he is a regular first teamer, whereas Steven has struggled for his first team place, and Mike Williamson has regularly been preferred in the side.
However, Fabricio’s English is still not too good, so we think it will be a toss up between Steven and Fab for the captain’s job.
We have to think Joey would be too controversial a choice for Alan to make, although it’s possible, and we don’t even know if Joey will be allowed into the US this summer, because of that jail time he served three years ago.
There’s little doubt it will be very interesting to see what Newcatsle squad we end up with on September 1st.