Newcastle seem to be after a left-back and a striker now, and we’re not sure if their interest in Swiss winger Tranquillo Barnetta will now end, with Gabriel Obertan having signed yesterday.
Joey Barton – put himself in difficult position at club
It was a good day for Newcastle fans yesterday, and the squad now for some reason looks stronger, and that’s especially true if Newcastle can keep Joey Barton and Jose Enrique at the club.
There have been further talks between joey Barton and Alan Pardew, and they have also included Derek Llambias, but the peace that exists at the moment seems a little bit tenuous.
Stoke and Wigan were the only two clubs truly interested in Barton last week, and that’s presumably because of his past history and his huge wages.
So next summer, when his contract runs out at Newcastle, he may not get any bigger clubs coming in for him, and his best bet may be for him to make peace with Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley, and try to stay on at Newcastle.
But that may be easier said than done, and Joey just not seem to be in a good position at the moment, and any more antic like at Leeds United, and he could literally be sacked by the club.
We cannot have one player causing unrest and upset at the club, especially when the five new lads seem to have excellent characters and all want to play for Newcastle.
And 22 year-old Gabriel Obertan came over great in his interviews yesterday, he seems a smashing lad and seemed to lighten things up with his positive and down to earth comments.
Joey Barton will now have Obertan, Marveaux, Ben Arfa and Gosling all able to play out on the right wing, and we’ll not even mention Jonas Gutierrez, who can also play out there.
Alan Pardew will not stand any more disturbances from Joey in the dressing room, as happened at Leeds United, and this is what Alan said today:
“Joey’s trained with us, but he understands and we understand each other’s position,” “Joey won’t be included this weekend unless I feel that he’s totally committed to the club.”
“It’s not an olive branch. I’m in the middle trying to mediate but at the end of the line, it’s my dressing room and if Joey’s not right he won’t be in my dressing room.”
When you look at how Joey’s behaved it’s difficult to be in his corner, and yes, we all know Mike Ashley is thrifty to the extreme, but you cannot use that as an excuse to break up the Newcastle dressing room.
And Alan Pardew will never let that happen, and Joey, by his own actions, has put himself in a very tenuous position at the club.
Whatever happened to the reformed Joey Barton of the last two seasons?
As usual, it’s now totally up to him, and it seems like deja vu – all over again.