It looks like Joey Barton will start again for Newcastle out on the right wing on Saturday at Sunderland.
Joey Barton – taxi!
And Joey could be a huge player in the derby game, because Newcastle have lost top players Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique since the last time we played Sunderland last January, and Joey knows what this game is all about, and usually plays well in big games.
But we have to hope he behaves himself on the pitch, because he will be tested by the Sunderland players, that’s definitely going to happen.
And if he behaves himself during the game, we hope after the game he doesn’t tweet tweet like a bird about what happened in the game, because as far as we understand that’s not allowed by the Newcastle club.
Alan Pardew has said he looks for another good performance from Joey on the field of play, which he got from the Liverpudlian last Saturday against Arsenal.
This is what Alan said today about the 28 year-old, who is in his last season at Newcastle:
“Joey has been in the press a fair bit this week – more than Joey would have liked and more than I would have liked.”
“But the other thing they will be focussing on is he is a very good player, of course, and they need to stop him.” “Probably that is more of a worry to Steve Bruce, I should think.”
“The assurances I wanted from Joey were that he would be a team player here and do his normal job for the team, and that’s what he did, and he was excellent on Saturday in terms of his performance.”
“The incident which happened on the pitch was unfortunate and again, he got a lot of criticism for that, but I couldn’t have asked for more from Joey on the day.”
Alan Pardew is hoping that he has Joey Barton at Newcastle for this season, but there were rumors earlier in the week that West Ham may try to tempt to London and the English second division – the best of luck with that one.
This is what Alan said about Joey leaving Newcastle before September rolls around:
“It’s put to bed as far as I am concerned, but football is football and that doesn’t mean to say he is definitely going to be here for the season. You can never say that.”
But we are getting just a little concerned about August 31st, because there could be some moves made for Newcastle’s best players, like Barton and Tiote for example, and we don’t want to see another Andy Carroll debacle that happened on the last day of the January transfer window.
It could be a nervous time for Newcastle fans a week come next Wednesday.