Where will Joey Barton fit in once he comes back from injury?

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Joey Barton could be like a new signing for Newcastle United when he returns.

The recent performances of Danny Guthrie have been nothing short of fantastic as the former Liverpool midfielder continues to prove that he’s more of an asset in centre midfield. Guthrie scored twice on Saturday and both were from distance. He’s also got important goals this seasons like our home tie against West Brom, in the 2-2 draw. The forlorn figure of Joey Barton will reappear from Newcastle United’s dressing-room in the next week or so but I can’t see him breaking into the Toon starting 11 straight away anyway.

Barton has had problems and we know that more than anyone, however, he’s managed to stay a Newcastle United player through all the regimes on Tyneside and has kept his £60,000 wage-packet close to him too. Saying that, Joey’s a talented footballer and I really hope he can show us some of that potential in the run-in to the Coca Cola Championship season.

Alan Smith, Guthrie as I’ve mentioned, and even Nicky Butt will look to claim first team spots but no doubt Joey will be eager to be named on the starting 11 as soon as possible. I suppose if we can get promotion looking a certainty in the next month or so, we can ease him back into the action and let him get ready for what’ll be a vigorous Premier League campaign. if we get there.

Either way, it’s good to have options in midfield more than anything and our midfield is indeed providing goals for our front men which is always a good thing.

Do you think Joey Barton will walk his way back into the Magpies team?

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icedog: ⏱ 09/03/2010

DOOCEY,he should walk right of the club,team sprirt has been great for 5 months how long has barton been out 5 months mmmmmmmmmmmmm

icedog: ⏱ 09/03/2010

DOOCEY,he should walk right of the club,team sprirt has been great for 5 months how long has barton been out 5 months mmmmmmmmmmmmm

nufclad: ⏱ 09/03/2010

just drop nolan or smith and put barton in the center, he is much better than both of them.

nufclad: ⏱ 09/03/2010

just drop nolan or smith and put barton in the center, he is much better than both of them.

Geordielad: ⏱ 09/03/2010

Barton is better than Smudger and Nobby?! I know it's your opinion but mate, honestly, Barton wouldn't come close to Smudger and Nobby... Or even Danny! Barton is talented but I think the midfield we have is strong enough and should be looking to get rid of Barton a bring in someone just as good who is willing to accept a lower wage then 60k

Geordielad: ⏱ 09/03/2010

Barton is better than Smudger and Nobby?! I know it's your opinion but mate, honestly, Barton wouldn't come close to Smudger and Nobby... Or even Danny! Barton is talented but I think the midfield we have is strong enough and should be looking to get rid of Barton a bring in someone just as good who is willing to accept a lower wage then 60k

brian: ⏱ 09/03/2010

i wouldnt go as far as dropping nolan as he has played a few good games this season but at the moment i wouldnt drop guthrie but would think about droping smith as he isnt playing as well as he was at the start oif the season seems to have got scared to make a tackle stick with what we have at the moment untill we need him would be good to play hoim againts the shitty teams at the end the season so he can gain back his confidance woulkd like to play guthrie and barton in the prem in the middle ones hard as fuck and the other has the skill and work horse style of game

brian: ⏱ 09/03/2010

i wouldnt go as far as dropping nolan as he has played a few good games this season but at the moment i wouldnt drop guthrie but would think about droping smith as he isnt playing as well as he was at the start oif the season seems to have got scared to make a tackle stick with what we have at the moment untill we need him would be good to play hoim againts the shitty teams at the end the season so he can gain back his confidance woulkd like to play guthrie and barton in the prem in the middle ones hard as fuck and the other has the skill and work horse style of game

Robby Bobson: ⏱ 10/03/2010

He always takes about 5-6 games to get back into top form so should be eased back in gradually. I do think that he is better than Nolan and Smith and instances like the Swansea game where we were outpassed until Guthrie cut inside in the last 10 minutes wouldn't happen with Barton on the pitch. However he takes 5 games to get to his full potential, plays a few blinders then gets injured again. Should be his last chance fitness wise really. Shame, abit like Emre, fiery midfield with bags of talent, but always in the treatment room.

Robby Bobson: ⏱ 10/03/2010

He always takes about 5-6 games to get back into top form so should be eased back in gradually. I do think that he is better than Nolan and Smith and instances like the Swansea game where we were outpassed until Guthrie cut inside in the last 10 minutes wouldn't happen with Barton on the pitch. However he takes 5 games to get to his full potential, plays a few blinders then gets injured again. Should be his last chance fitness wise really. Shame, abit like Emre, fiery midfield with bags of talent, but always in the treatment room.

Charlietoon: ⏱ 10/03/2010

I'd like to see a midfield of Barton and Guthrie if Barton can get back in form. I see him as a better box to box midfielder than Nolan and whilst he not play as high and get as many goals he will be bossing the game about and allowing our wingers and Guthrie to do their job. Barton box to box, hard tackles an incisive passing. Danny creates space, passes well, has a good free kick and shoots from way back. Nolan likes to be in the box for goals, is a big lad and not afraid to be the hard man and brings experience to a team that is getting younger and younger. They all offer something very different. I don't know what the future holds for Smith who just cannot score a goal but he will be useful in Away games and whenever we need that extra man in front of the defence. Whether that is worth paying 60g a week for, when far more talented players are on less is very debatable.

Charlietoon: ⏱ 10/03/2010

I'd like to see a midfield of Barton and Guthrie if Barton can get back in form. I see him as a better box to box midfielder than Nolan and whilst he not play as high and get as many goals he will be bossing the game about and allowing our wingers and Guthrie to do their job. Barton box to box, hard tackles an incisive passing. Danny creates space, passes well, has a good free kick and shoots from way back. Nolan likes to be in the box for goals, is a big lad and not afraid to be the hard man and brings experience to a team that is getting younger and younger. They all offer something very different. I don't know what the future holds for Smith who just cannot score a goal but he will be useful in Away games and whenever we need that extra man in front of the defence. Whether that is worth paying 60g a week for, when far more talented players are on less is very debatable.

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Len: ⏱ 10/03/2010

Everyone coming back from injury should go to the bench and earn their way back. Longer term I will wait and see. Particularly see his attitude in a well run team. It's good that almost all of our squad offer something different.

Len: ⏱ 10/03/2010

Everyone coming back from injury should go to the bench and earn their way back. Longer term I will wait and see. Particularly see his attitude in a well run team. It's good that almost all of our squad offer something different.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 10/03/2010

barton and guthrie will be newcastle central midfield players next season.Newcastle signed barton as the team gudian angel like keane was for man utd.He will be needed more next season in the prem to look after the kids of the team.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 10/03/2010

barton and guthrie will be newcastle central midfield players next season.Newcastle signed barton as the team gudian angel like keane was for man utd.He will be needed more next season in the prem to look after the kids of the team.

chuck: ⏱ 10/03/2010

Does`nt have to fit anywhere, there`s horse`s for course`s, it`s known as platooning where you use certain players against certain teams. And there`s allways injuries, which Joey can attest too, most teams need well over twenty player sides, due to both the number of games, plus tactically playing against different sides. For instance, playing against Arsenal a team would need a bunch of neanderthals to kick the be***us out of them (kidding folks) but you get the idea.

chuck: ⏱ 10/03/2010

Does`nt have to fit anywhere, there`s horse`s for course`s, it`s known as platooning where you use certain players against certain teams. And there`s allways injuries, which Joey can attest too, most teams need well over twenty player sides, due to both the number of games, plus tactically playing against different sides. For instance, playing against Arsenal a team would need a bunch of neanderthals to kick the be***us out of them (kidding folks) but you get the idea.