The Sunday Times is reporting today that Manchester United are ready to bid for Newcastle’s Joey Barton.
Joey Barton – with beautiful daughter
Of course it is a Sunday, and many stories are made up to sell Sunday newspapers, but if this story is true, it should tell the Newcastle hierarchy just how good a player Joey Barton really is, and they should offer him a new deal to keep him on Tyneside.
There’s some evidence that being a little too tight on the money at Newcastle, means the club are not just losing good players, but they are also failing to bring in good players to the club.
One case on point is Charles N’Zogbia who Newcastle sold to Wigan for about £7M in January of 2009, and yet he’s too expensive to buy back at £10M – come again?
The Sunday Times has described the potential transfer for Joey to the Red Devils as:
“One of the most unexpected transfer moves of Sir Alex’s 24 years as Manchester United manager.”
They are so right there.
And if it is true, we think Joey would jump at the chance to play for arguably the most famous club in world football, and if he did move to the Red Devils you can bet your life that Sir Alex Ferguson, arguably the greatest football manager ever, would bring out the very best in Joey.
Ferguson is short of Darren Fletcher through injury, and Darron Gibson is probably on his way, and Ferguson probably sees Joey Barton to have a good four years left at the very top level.
And Joey would not be a problem at Manchester United, as far as discipline is concerned, because Barton has proved to be a hard and dedicated professional in training.
Of course this could be another Sunday morning story, in short simply completely made up, but if Joey does leave for Manchester United, it would be a disgrace that Newcastle would let such a good player leave the club.
We are still hoping that a miracle occurs, and that Mike Ashley offers Joey a new contract, that he would accept and he would stay at the club, which he seems to love.
For the record, Joey has played 82 times with 8 goals over the last four seasons for Newcastle.