By an odd turn of fate, Joey Barton will play his first game for QPR against his former club Newcastle United tonight at Loftus Road.
Joey Barton – will be a big loss
Newcastle signed Barton from Manchester City back in the summer of 2007, when Sam Allardyce had just taken over at Newcastle and Mike Ashley had just bought the club.
Joey had essentially been sacked by the then Manchester City manager Stuart Pierce, who was keen to get him out of the club, after his altercation with Ousmane Dabo during a training ground dispute earlier that year.
Joey had a bad time of it with injuries during his first three seasons on Tyneside, and appeared only 47 times with 3 goals, but then last season he was terrific with 35 appearances and 5 goals for the Magpies.
But Joey fell out with the Board at Newcastle after Andy Carroll left in January, and when that happens you are usually history, and indeed Joey had a big opportunity at QPR a few weeks ago and took it.
Joey had done well to put his life and career back on track in the last two years, but he has got into trouble with tweets he made from his Twitter account since last May, and that could still prove to be a problem for him in the future, but we’ll see.
Joey was an influential player at Newcastle, and the side will definitely miss his leadership, but we just have to hope that other players will step forward and provide the leadership at the club.
New player Gabriel Obertan talked about Joey today:
“He was a massive player, I only got to know him for a couple of games and a couple of weeks,”
“He was a big voice in the dressing room and on the pitch so he might be a miss, but we’ve got plenty of quality players as well so it’s not really a problem. The only thing might be the voice in the dressing room with the charisma that he had.”
“He wasn’t afraid to say harsh words at times either in the dressing room or on the pitch to wake us up which makes it a good thing to have Joey in the team.” “There are other leaders in this squad,” “I talk about Colo or Cheik Tiote to be potential leaders.”
“We won’t miss Barton too much because this is a quality group and there’s Cabaye as well. On Monday we’re not focusing just on Joey, it’s a game we’re going to try to win.”
“There won’t be any violence, it’s just a normal game, we won’t just focus on him.” “To try to win a cup would be nice.”
It’s strange that Gabriel mentions violence there at the end when tlaking about Joey – why should there be violence tonight?
And we think French International midfielder Yohan Cabaye has every chance to be a very influential player for the club in the future, and he could even be a future captain on Tyneside.
We’ve lost Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton this year, but it’s now time for the club to move on and move forward.
A win tonight would be very nice indeed, and Newcastle could be in 4th position with all 3 points secured at Loftus Road.
Isn’t that a European Champions League position?