Warren Barton joined Newcastle in 1995 from Wimbledon for £4m in what was then a record fee for a defender. The right-back spent 7 seasons on Tyneside before leaving to join Derby on a free in 2002. He made 189 appearances for Newcastle.
Warren is currently an excellent pundit for Fox Sports in the states. Whenever we watch him and Newcastle United come up, Warren is filled with praise for his time at the club. Over the past few seasons, though, he has not been too pleased with our plight, and the mistakes made by the current owner. However, he always seems to have time to talk about the club.
The Chronicle spoke to Barton last December, and this is what he had to say about the club and city:
“Newcastle are a big club. They always have been with this fan base.
“Ignore what the pundits say, it shows their ignorance to the area and the people. It’s a vibrant city.
“It still gives me goosebumps when you come in the train station, and the stadium is the first thing you see – it takes my breath away. It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but it is mine.”
The Chronicle have reached out to Barton again to talk about Newcastle this season.
One of the topics of conversation is one that Barton knows all too well. That is evaluating the game of our new right-back Emil Krafth. Having made so many appearances at right-back at Newcastle, Warren is the perfect person to ask about how Emil is faring so far in his Newcastle career:
“He looks like a player who maybe needs to refine his game a little bit, but there have been signs.
“It was difficult against Norwich. I’m sitting there thinking this was Norwich, and we’re playing five at the back.
“But I’ve seen a willingness from Krafth to get forward, but against Norwich, he wasn’t the only one who was left wanting a little bit, but from what I’ve seen him of him I like.
“He gives you everything, trying his hardest and sometimes I think that is all you can ask for.
“Is it enough? Maybe not, but let’s support everyone and give him a chance because he does look like a player who wants to wear his heart on his sleeve.”
We think Emil has had a steady start to his career thus far. The Norwich debacle saw practically the entire team have a poor outing. It was a hard debut for Krafth, but he gave his all. We remember Pukki’s final goal and watching Krafth fall to the pitch in exasperation. It was a reaction that showed he cared.
He has shown a lot more since then but certainly needs refinement. However, he is a player who has impressed us so far. With it being just about a month since his arrival, we have every reason to believe the best is yet to come from the 25-year-old.