Alan Pardew has said he still hasn’t decided whether Joey Barton will start for Newcastle tomorrow against Arsenal.
Joey Barton – make up your mind time
One thing that is clear is Jose Enrique has played his last game for the club, and he moved to Liverpool because he has a better chance of winning trophies there.
Since Newcastle haven’t won a trophy in 42 years, it would be a hard argument to win with Jose, but it’s still upsetting that he has decided to leave the club, even though we knew it was coming.
Zenit St Petersburg and Stoke have been linked with Joey Barton, and we still don’t know if Joey will jump ship or see out his final year on Tyneside.
Joey signed at the same time Jose Enrique did, in the summer of 2007, and big Sam Allardyce brought both players to Tyneside.
Alan Pardew talked about Joey this morning:.
“I am not sure he will start on Saturday in my mind, whatever answer he gives me in the meeting today,” “I want to be fair to the fans and I want to be fair to him and it is not like our relationship has broken down – our relations are pretty strong.”
“I think he is in a better frame of mind. I think he is beginning to get his head around everything, but it is a difficult decision for him.”
“The decision in front of Joey is at the moment there is no contract on offer for him here – so does he take a longer contract elsewhere or does he stay and play for Newcastle and take that option later on in the season?”
“I have offered Joey an olive branch to say ‘look Joey, I am not going to put you to one side and say I am not going to involve you in the club’.”
“His crime to me was not that great and I am big enough to look him in the eye and say by the same token I want the same back from you.”
“If you are going to stay I need to hear that you are going to stay and that is it. It is as simple as that.”
It’s make up your mind time for Joey Barton, and he has to make his decision at a time when Jose Enrique has just left for Liverpool.
One advantage in all of this, is once the club gets a decision, we will all know know where we stand, and it would be good to have players in the squad who only want to be on Tyneside.
And if Joey has any doubts on that – he should leave the club.