Joey Barton couldn’t be returning to the Newcastle team at a better time

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Joey Barton will have to work his way into the team

Ok, maybe it could be better. Perhaps lying in the top half of the Premier League table would be a better scenario but our current one isn’t far off. There’s major relief and indeed contentment around Tyneside as it seems we’re on our way back up to the Premier League following relegation from it last year. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still 10 games or so left, but surely we can’t throw away a 12 point lead from the automatic promotion spots away? It just won’t happen this time!

Speaking about Joey Barton’s return, Hughton today said:

“I think he will play soon, but Joey’s only had 75 minutes of a reserve game.” “We have a lot of competition for places at the moment.”

Hughton is adamant that the players that are performing will earn their starting place in the team and no player, no matter what wage-packet he’s on deserves a starting spot because of it. That’s what he really meant to say anyway.

With Danny Guthrie and Kevin Nolan performing so well together in midfield we shouldn’t dare break the good form they’re in. Barton will indeed get a run out very soon I know but there’s no guarantee that he’ll warrant a starting spot right away. Far from it.

Saying that, he really couldn’t be returning at a better time. We look set for an immediate return to the Premier League and whatever playing time Joey will get will be good for the fitness ahead of what will be a vigorous Premier League campaign.

We all know that Joey Barton is a fine player but he will never justify his price tag, wages or indeed the awful media attention he’s brought to Newcastle United FC. It seems as if he’s quietening down now though and might have got some sense. Time will tell, but it’ll be encouraging to see him doing his talking on the pitch.

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icedog: ⏱ 18/03/2010

not my cup of tea at anytime,sorry

icedog: ⏱ 18/03/2010

not my cup of tea at anytime,sorry

GeordieFootSoldier: ⏱ 19/03/2010

Dooce Lets take one game at a time shall we? As for Joey, he has to earn the right to get a game which means the players already there have to be either injured or loss of form. At home Hughton is happy to play Nolan and Guthrie, but if he feels a more defensive midfield is needed in away games, he will normally pair Nolan with either Smith or even Butt, so as far as I can see, Barton is quite low down on the pecking order. Also Guthrie's recent form in central midfield is making it extremely hard to drop the lad. IF AND WHEN we have ensured our premiership return, then is the time to start experimenting with the team. However, I want us to fight to the very last game, I would just love it if we can finish the season as the last team to win the Fizzy Pop League.

GeordieFootSoldier: ⏱ 19/03/2010

Dooce Lets take one game at a time shall we? As for Joey, he has to earn the right to get a game which means the players already there have to be either injured or loss of form. At home Hughton is happy to play Nolan and Guthrie, but if he feels a more defensive midfield is needed in away games, he will normally pair Nolan with either Smith or even Butt, so as far as I can see, Barton is quite low down on the pecking order. Also Guthrie's recent form in central midfield is making it extremely hard to drop the lad. IF AND WHEN we have ensured our premiership return, then is the time to start experimenting with the team. However, I want us to fight to the very last game, I would just love it if we can finish the season as the last team to win the Fizzy Pop League.