Joey Barton – It’s Fantastic Business For Newcastle


Joey Barton certainly seems to think that French U21 International Florian Thauvin is a good buy for Newcastle.

The 22-year-old was one of four senior players who Newcastle signed in the summer for what Lee Charnley has said was £52.6M in net transfer fees.

Florian was signed for around £14.5M from Marseilles.

florian thauvin after socring first goal against Northampton

Florian Thauvin – an exceptional young player

In his first start for Newcastle against Northampton Town in the League Cup tie last week,  the Frenchman scored after just three minutes, and he then brilliantly set up the next three goals in Newcastle’s 4-1 win.

This is what Barton has told BT Sport:

“I think it is a fantastic bit of business for Newcastle to get Remy Cabella out and get Florian Thauvin in.” “Thauvin is the next big thing in French football.”

“It didn’t quite materialize for him at Marseille – the fans turned on him a little bit – because I don’t think he lived up to what they thought he could be.”

“This club, Newcastle, is a great place for him to show his talent.”  “I think he’s an exceptional young player.”

Joey Barton signed for us in the summer of 2007,  at around the same time that Mike Ashley bought the club, when Sam Allardyce had just been appointed as the new manage to replace the sacked Glenn Roeder.

The midfielder stayed on Tyneside for four years until the summer of 2011, when he signed a very lucrative contract with QPR, after Newcastle didn’t want any fee for him, even though he had one year left on his contract.

Joey has signed on at Burnley now, but it seems that when he finally hangs his boots up – he will have a good career in the media, where he will continue to make news – just like he’s done throughout  his football career.

And he’s never been short of opinions either.

🙂

We hope Thauvin is a great hit at Newcastle, and it’s a decent likelihood.

It would also be good if Joey can help Burnley come straight back into the Premier League next May.

Comments welcome.


147 comments so far

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 4, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #1

    I agree Joey!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 4, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Mentions of CL by the owner and £150M spend by the board are enough to justify fans’ increased expectations. Such words should never be used if they’re not relevant to the conversation. You don’t mention to your kids “mountain bikes”, “mobile phones” and “Christmas” in the same sentence, if you intend to deliver walnuts and satsumas. They may not be worded in terms of promises but that doesn’t matter. There is no doubt what the owner and the board want the fans to believe. They can’t turn around and say “check the small print” without incurring mass rancour.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #3

    blackley…. TANGERINE

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Did Barton play with Thauvin? Or was that after he left OM?

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  • mindshaft

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Oh I dunno, I remember my mum hinting that I was gonna get a chopper bike for xmas and was thinking “get in”
    I ended up getting a cheap imitation Subbuteo – gutted wasn’t the word

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  • mindshaft

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #6

    especially after I’d told all my mates I was getting a chopper – oh how they laughed and took p!55 out of me

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Not that I’m buying any of the utterances that come from the club. I won’t believe promises until I see them delivered.

    Besides, spending £150m isn’t necessarily a good thing. Theres no guarantee it wont be wasted. If the club is moving cautiously, its got to be welcomed. It pays to be prudent.

    I certainly wouldn’t be trusting Carr with big money and so it’s a smart move by Ashley to have Makro on the Board. Before anything else, it would be worth spending a few millions in bolstering the recruitment team.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Bobbybee,
    You’ve already accused me of altering quotes so that they don’t fit in with what you want to believe, and I never said you claimed we’ll win the CL, I was should pointing out that in Mashers interview the clever use of the buzzword Champions League had some of the more.. how should I say, gullible fans thinking that it was a new target.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Mindshaft
    Subitteo has to be better than Hibbit’s tangerine.

    Seriously though Mindshaft, that has to be one of the saddest tales ever told on this blog. How old were you by the way? 25?

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #10

    blackley

    there is more to this than just money spent

    next window is jan hopefully we will be more or less safe buy then if were doing well and certain players playing well will we sell and settle for survival ?
    also I cant see the club spending 50mill in jan
    for me I would bring in chancel’s future partner so they can adjust and get ready to phase out colo for the next season and a back up right back

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #11

    B&B, you’re right there, failure to deliver now would be suicide by Ashley and all the evidence – not what I think, or you think, or anybody else thinks – points to massive change. It’s like people saying they only want a club that tries, and everybody agreeing with it, then changing and demanding a club that wins things – it dilutes the point. I might be wrong, but as he ever made claims before? I’ve only ever heard him speak twice I reckon, in eight years. He now has stated aims and targets and needs to be seen to be trying to achieve those targets, which, to be fair, he appears to be doing. It is a massive sea change, but the evidence supports it. The irony of the most hated man in the clubs history – apparently – being the one to lead us to a trophy will sum up the topsy turvy life of NUFC perfectly – should it happen. I see more chance of that right now, than I have since at least Sir Bobby’s time. Why my hopes and dreams should cause anybody else to get upset, is beyond my comprehension. Mine is a counter ballance to some depressing feelings expressed on here, nothing more.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Those Ian Wright comments where in the sun on Monday I think ? Rehashed for some reason.

    The bloke hates us because of the Pardew thing.

    Pardews first game at Palace was away to Dover on Bt and Ian Wright starts ranting about Pardew being abused in the street any time he left his house. It was a blatant lie and Pardew even confirmed this did not happen.

    He’s slagged us off constantly in his opinion piece in the Sun, even suggesting we deserved to go down last season for hounding his best pal “super al” out.

    His latest ramblings show what a complete and utter mug he is.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Fail, so right, let me get this right. ‘People like me’ as you said, doesn’t actually mean me? Silly of me to make such an error. How could I have been so… gullible?

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t know how big the scouting network is but I do see NUFC scouts at youth games. They’re usually old duffers who turn up for ten minutes to tick a box that deems a game has been covered. It looks amateurish.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #15

    B&B, if that’s the case, then more money should be spent on upgrading the scouting system. I have to say, I haven’t a clue how it runs, other than Carr heads it. Maybe Carr could enlighten us in one of the club’s missives? Would be interesting to know.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #16
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Boobs,
    Yes, I did mean you, but I made no mention of winning the thing.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Also the chronny is reporting we are not appealing Mitrovic’s red card.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Belfast, the very idea that the FA should intervene about our hostility towards opponents and officials would be better suited for April 1st. What a muppet he is. It’s like some of the pundits on talk sport who openly dislike us because of precious Pardew. Good. Nothing like a siege mentality to pull everyone together. Nobody likes us, but we don’t care, is very apt just now. I listen to TS a lot and the times you hear them say we’re getting everything we deserve is amazing. We are the devil’s spawn to listen to them, not just fans starved of success. Dunno about you, but I’m not likely to lose any sleep about what they think about us. Their ignorance just amuses me 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Fail admits to lying – stop the press!! Aw, and now I’m going to be suicidal because some no mark dislikes me. Boo hoo. Be a man and say what you think, instead of being sneaky about it. Pretty much sums you up though – FALSE.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Bobbybee,
    I listened to Danny Mills once and the lies he was telling were unreal, it didn’t help that the people ringing in were thick as mince mind.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Fail are you sure you were ringing the right number?

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #23

    We could carry this on all day, but I’m getting bored now. 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Bobby…Before you do stop though, can you point out what Jail lied about and then admitted to?

    Can’t see it.

    Nice to see the conversation has moved on from yesterday though.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Booby,
    Have you taken leave of your senses ? Where have I admitted to lying ?

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Fail, start at eight and work down. First you claim you didn’t mean me, then admit you did. Can’t have it both ways. Don’t worry, I expect you to get muddled up, I can live with it. I’m sure there’s a medical reason for it that they can cure should you seek help. Probably just the Ashley fixation taking its toll – it was always on the cards.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Ibiza, to be honest, I’m not really paying much attention, just having a bit of banter. He bites so easily, I find it hard to resist. Having given it out for so long, I was curious how he would take it. Not too well apparently. Anyway, like I said, I’m getting bored now. Next!

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Ibiza, not the most flattering photo, but at least we now know what you look like. Good post.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Bobby…I see. You might want to pay a little more attention mind – I think you’ve again grabbed the wrong end of a stick. Bit unfortunate whilst trying to call someone else fail.

    Please don’t think i’m taking sides. I did note the miss-spelling of your name too (Naughty Jail).

    All he’s denied is that he said that you said we’d win the CL. That wasn’t the case and all he clarified as far as I can see.

    Anyway, moving on, do we not have actual disucssions to be had, rather than simply just trying to wind each other up? Seems pretty school yard, wouldn’t you agree?

    Did you get a chance to read my response last night?

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #31

    It also explains quite a lot too. Never thought you might have taken too many?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Bobby…If only. It would be a fine improvement.

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  • Jib

    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Ibizagoon

    “Please don’t think i’m taking sides.”

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #34

    End of what stick? Explain, I’m all ears.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Jib…Good day there. Would you like some big boy blocks to play with? Good lad.

    Bobby…Is this more of your “banter” or do you really need me to explain which stick?

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #36

    Jib
    Is there anyone on here u dont call names?

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  • Jib

    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #37

    WWSBRD
    Loads of people including your goodself 😉

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Blog meltdown!

    I think i’v took a wrong turn? Is this not the footy blog still? Lol.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Jib
    I have certainly been called names by u

    Prodigy
    Football blog? Not sure anymore myself lets drag it back eh? How many goals do u think England will put past San Marino, double digits?

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #40

    for the record, I hate int’l week.. this place goes to hell in a handbasket..

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