Fully Focused Joey Barton A Massive Asset For Newcastle


As we suspected, the news of Saturday’s game has been dominated by Joey Barton, who also took to his twittering ways yesterday – once again.

Joey Barton – ouch – my head hurts

And his comments could even draw him a reprimand from the FA, but that should be nothing more than a warning,  surely?

And of course we still wait to hear if anything will happen with Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, because of his deliberate stamp on Barton during the game on Saturday.

We expect Song to receive a three match ban, so that means the London side will be without Gervinho and Song for three league games, and we’ll hear Arsene moaning again, no doubt.

And Wenger didn’t see the Song incident on Saturday, conveniently enough.

😀

Alan Pardew seems to have no doubts  about Joey Barton these days, which seems a little surprising:

“As far as I’m concerned, with Joey and me, that’s the end of things,”

“He showed me what I wanted to see on Saturday. Of course he’s only got one year left on his contract and I’ve learned the lessons from what happened with Andy Carroll, so I won’t be saying that he’ll definitely be staying, but I think he will.”

“If we have a fully focused Joey Barton, that is a massive asset for me as a manager.” “On Thursday I asked him for assurances about what he was going to do and how he was going to play for us and he answered them,”

“The most important thing for Joey is answering on the football pitch and he did that. He sent the right message and I think that’s important.”

“There’s been a lot said and written about him and I’m sure a lot of it he didn’t like, but I told him the most important thing was to go and do what he does best and that’s play football – that’s what he did.”

Newcastle put in a good shift on Saturday, and the spirit seemed to be there for all to see, although the crowd was just a little bit disappointing at just under 47,000, but I saw that some readers had mentioned, in the comments, that fans are still out on holiday.

We have to be honest, and say that we are still not convinced that Joey Barton will not cause more trouble this season, if he stays at Newcastle.

What happened to the more disciplined Joey Barton of the last two years?

If Joey can get back to his more disciplined ways and if Newcastle can sign a top left-back and a top striker by Saturday, which apparently they are trying desperately to do, and if we don’t lose any more players come September – then Newcastle could be in very decent shape for this season, after all.

And yes, there are a few “ifs” there, to be sure.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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113 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Joey did show his old side on saturday.

    Howay Joey, get your head together and put your energy into playing, otherwise pi$$ off!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    SSN: Odemwingie contract talks stall.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Any truth in Tolouse offering £5.6m for Ben Arfa?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Gold, Silver, Bronze?!?

    Is everyone dead??

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  • Eastander

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Punched Pederson last year, karate kicked Etuhu a couple of years ago, started a fight for no reason on saturday, they guys good but nothing amazing and at time a liability on the pitch, the ref could have easily given Arsenal a penalty on Saturday because if what Barton did to Gervinho isnt a foul I dont know what is.

    Also, by the rules of football Gervinho had to go, by the rules of the law and self defence Gervinho had every right to knock his block off

    Get rid si vous plait!

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  • nick_9

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Here we go again, bringing it all back up. Can we not leave it be? Surely we’ve got more pressing matters to focus on like the derby and our need for a left-back and a striker.

    Anyone got any suggestions for a striker/left back if our recent moves fall through? I think we’re in for a struggle to find quality at affordable prices so hopefully all the scouting will come in handy. Wouldn’t mind a few other players from Holland, Germany etc. I think they produce more talent than England.

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  • Geordie-Jake

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Gervinho’s got some forehead on him like, imagine gettin nutted off tht b’stard

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  • IrishMagpie

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Joey was our best player by a mile for a big part of last season but his form dipped towards the end of the season and he was poor Saturday.

    Great player but too much baggage.

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  • Andy

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #9

    nick i have no idea! I just want our targets in. The fact maiga says we have bid once again proves we’ve no idea what is going on.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10

    He was stamped upon too, which did nt help his mood

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #11

    L’Equipe article on Modibo Maïga.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    @9

    How many of our previous transfers have we know about before the player has signed up??

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  • drongo

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Forwards: Shane Long, Odemwingie, Rodellega, Martins, Santa Cruz?
    Loanees: Sturridge, Bellamy (both long shots)

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  • SuperShearer

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #14

    Thought Barton was a disgrace on Saturday. He played OK, albeit with a lot of passion, but his temperament and behaviour are a liability to the team. I was convinced he was going to see Red at some point and when Gerv was shown the card I almost fell off my chair. Barton deserved to go as well, he has no right to be grabbing a player like that.

    We need a LB and Striker through the door asap. Lacking in goals this season if a striker does not arrive will result in serious relegation threat.

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  • ~Obertoon~

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #15

    Modibo maiga doesnt seem like the type of forward we are after… on top of that during ACN, if we sign him, we will miss Ba, Maiga and Tiote…

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  • Ollieh51

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #16

    So you lot don’t think we would have tired against them with Gervinho AND Walcott running at us?

    He didn’t have to get invovled, he did, Gervinho’s reaction was horrific and Song’s head is the one we should all be chasing as opposed to Joey’s.

    He had a good game, was battered about and we’ve seen players drag others up before.

    Anyhow, the FA won’t take his actions further but they will Song’s and Gervinho’s if Arsenal appeal.

    THE END!

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #17

    Odemwingie contract talks stall, but would you have him? He’s already 30, and so his performance is only going to deteriorate. Yes he might have had a good season last year, but it may have been a fluke. Not so keen :/

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  • nick_9

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #18

    He’s bound to react if the referee doesn’t protect him when he gets targetted. Seriously guys if song had of gone it might have changed his mood. Not saying he was in the right but its one rule for one and one for another. If all three of them had of gone we still would of had an extra man.

    Andy I also have no idea who we are looking at, i just hope they’re young pacey and could be and will grow with the team. If you look at manure they have a team which could grow for four/five years.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #19

    @13

    What you on about mate?

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  • ~Obertoon~

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #20

    we dont need another 6ft tall forward =.=

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #21

    @17

    Similar to Maiga, the lad has had 1 decent season, but overall his games/goals ratio is poor

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #22

    We need someone quick and tricky, someone who can cause problems and get in the oppositions faces, link up with midfield and drive forward.

    We need a new Bellamy!

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  • nick_9

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #23

    I would sign odemwingie but not for a lot of money, he’s probs only got 2-3 years left in him possibly. As for Long I would have taken him for 5mill but he’s signed for westbrom. A bellamy/martins type player would be ideal. I was gutted about martins towards the end of the season. He was a fans favourite who let us down a bit. I’m certain he has since come out and said the club told him it was best if he moved.

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  • Neil

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #24

    drongo wants Shane Long (WBA’s newest forward) to sign for us!! I think that’s too ambitious 😉

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  • GeordieCoaster

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #25

    We could slag off/defend Joey about the incident or we could focus on something more important at the moment, the derby game and getting in a left back and striker.

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  • cheikmate

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #26

    al post this link agen, all i know about maiga was Sochauxs top scorer last season with, hes scored 3 international goals for Mali as well. heres the original news story:

    http://www.lequipe.fr/Quotidien/article_15082011_article5.html

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  • drongo

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #27

    @ Neil – well I am a drongo

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  • Andy

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #28

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,,11678_7102519,00.html

    sky now running the story. Has anyone seen him play?

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  • drongo

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #29

    If we go for Maiga, then our 3 main forwards Strolla, Maiga, and Ba, are all potentially chipping off to the cup of nations.

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  • nick_9

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #30

    Exactly geordiecoaster, its a massive game at the weekend.

    Would anyone take martins back on loan if he was on no more than 45k a week? I’d consider It.

    http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Birmingham-man-Obafemi-Martins-insists-he-was-forced-out-of-Newcastle-like-Andy-Carroll-article697445.html

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  • KillyMansGiro

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #31

    Drongo-explain!

    Bellamy would be a great shout, he is what we need or someone like him. Sign him and another striker and let Lovenkrands leave.

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  • drongo

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Id defo take Martins back. Pace to burn. Would work really well in the new set up in my opinion

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  • KillyMansGiro

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #33

    Nick 9=NO!

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  • Andy

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #34

    no to martins. He deserted and is no where near the player he was

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  • Toonboy_83

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #35

    I would prefer Maigo over hugo rodellega..

    We should buy his teammates Boudebouz and Marvin Martin.

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  • drongo

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #36

    KMG – Explain what? The cup of Nations comment?
    Strolla has stuck his hand up for the Nigeria selectors (not that hes guarenteed to go like). Ba plays for Senegal, and last time I checked, Mali was in Africa.

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  • murvar

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #37

    I wouldn’t take Martins back at any price – he was total, total crap. Second touch was a tackle – no vision. That’as why he can’t get a game – he’s been rumbled.

    As for Barton – when he was supposed to be out right on Sat, he played in the middle, leaving us exposed and offering us no outlet or width when we went forward. Once he got into his preferred position, he was excellent. And has anyone seen a quicker player than Obertan??!!

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #38

    He’s more bother than he’s worth as for Martins he’s just a poor man’s SuperMac don’t want him back nor Bellamy could you imagine him and Barton in the same team? Nightmare!

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #39

    I do hope Obertan maintains his speed and improves his passing… Cabaye nearly scored when he got through from an Obertan back-heel – I do think after a few games in it we could have a nice french understanding…

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  • drongo

    Aug 15, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #40

    @Andy Dont see Martins as a deserter, there was no way we could have survived with all those players on CL wages in the fizzy pop league.

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