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Hmmm so he thinks he's going to waltz back into the team after nearly a season out..

JOEY Barton took a step closer to returning to Newcastle United’s first team last night insisting he is a better player than when he signed for the club three years ago.

The midfielder missed a penalty on his return for the reserves at Hartlepool but it was a solid 75-minute run-out for the man United paid £5.8million for in 2007.

Barton has declared himself available for Saturday’s trip to Bristol City if selected – the first step on a comeback that he hopes will re-establish him as one of the country’s premier midfielders.

A focused Barton is conscious that he must prove his claims on the pitch but he has lost none of his belief during a six-month spell on the sidelines with a broken foot.

And the former England international says his motivation for returning is to repay supporters who have surprised him by sticking with him during a largely turbulent three-year spell.

“Since I’ve been at Newcastle I’ve had three broken feet and a torn medial ligament in two and a bit years – plus a well-documented spell in the clink and numerous other problems,” he said. “But I’m someone who will bounce back. If there’s another penalty I’ll put myself forward for it. That is what gets me going.

“Hopefully I can just get a sustained run. I’m confident in my own ability – it’s not going to be easy for me but I believe in myself greatly. At one stage I was in the top echelon of midfielders in this country.


http://www.journallive.co.uk/nufc/newcas...6047502/2/
17th March 2010 09:36 AM
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Lucian Wrote:Hmmm so he thinks he's going to waltz back into the team after nearly a season out

Just sounds like someone happy to be back available to play to me.

Like him, or hate him, he is still an NUFC player and will no doubt wear the shirt in the coming weeks.

He should have more to offer than ANY of our other central midfielders, although we have seen fuck all of it like.

This is surely his lastest of last chance saloons mind.
17th March 2010 09:41 AM
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He always has this last chance saloon..

How many chances can you give sorry get rid in the summer....
17th March 2010 09:50 AM
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His rap sheet is horrendous but, he has had 1 fight and thats it since he signed for us.

Andy Carroll has done worse in that time....
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Good point Sal.
17th March 2010 10:06 AM
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He's a fucking disgrace....sick of hearing his verbal shit, and how can he say he's a better player, he's hardly kicked a fucking ball. on what does he base that statement.
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Last chance joey
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He's been here 3 years? Really? I barely remember seeing him.
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Workshy Fop Wrote:He's been here 3 years? Really? I barely remember seeing him.

Only made 38 appearances in that time.

At £60k(ish) a week, its a fucking travesty!
17th March 2010 02:16 PM
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First class cunt!
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Sal Wrote:Only made 38 appearances in that time.

At £60k(ish) a week, its a fucking travesty!

£60k a week would buy you a fucking Tapestry
17th March 2010 04:27 PM
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"At one stage I was in the top echelon of midfielders in this country"

"And at another stage I was in the top cell block in Strangeways prison"
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JTH Wrote:£60k a week would buy you a fucking Tapestry

I don't need a tapestry Jimmy, but I think we need him. Yes, he's a/was bad boy, but I still like him on the pitch.
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Hes better than we have now, plays to win and Im glad hes fit for us now. i csn see him and Nolan dominaiting midfield and releasing our wingers

as Sal says our own Carroll has done more damage in the time Bartons been here


cutn or not, and lets be honest most footbasllers are, he will add some strength and guile to our team
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Carrol has not been found guilty of anything yet.

Barton has time after time.
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JT is a bigger you know what than Barton!
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Michael Owen was criticised for his lack of games which was due to bad luck with injuries unlike the toerag Barton who has missed games through injury but also thru his doings with the judicial system.

Toon player or not I hate the scouse twat.
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can't really see how anybody can say he is better than what we've got....

I can't remember him having one good game since he came here..........I honestly can't remember him having any influence in any game


potentially maybe but we all know what happens to potential when you pull on a black and white shirt
18th March 2010 08:08 AM
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We actually need nay demand a Batty thats for sure
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The bloke is a cunt, no doubting it.

However, for cunt, see:

Cole
Terry
Woodgate
Bowyer
Bellemey
etc etc etc

The list is endless.

He needs to actually show that he has anything to offer on the pitch these last 10 or so games, if he does that (big if I know) then we can probably let both Butt & Smith move on and take more than £5mil of the annual wage bill, without even weakening the first team.

Given the position we are in, I dont see how that option can be ignored.
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the flip side is...we all know what one bad apple can do

I don't know this for a fact but I doubt very much he is well liked in the dressing room........

His Jonny big balls atttitude could do more harm than good
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McCreery Wrote:the flip side is...we all know what one bad apple can do

I don't know this for a fact but I doubt very much he is well liked in the dressing room........

His Jonny big balls atttitude could do more harm than good

Very true....given how the squad have delivered so far this season...if I was a player, I wouldn't want a gobshite under achiever waltzing back in to the squad.
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Thats a good point, one which none of us will really know without being directly involved with them.

He does strangley enough come across really well in interviews mind. Very articulate and dare I say intellegent.

Hughton needs to guage it and make the call, if he is indeed hated amongst the players, he needs to have the spine to just say enough is enough, you are staying away from the first team.
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Sal Wrote:Thats a good point, one which none of us will really know without being directly involved with them.

He does strangley enough come across really well in interviews mind. Very articulate and dare I say intellegent.

Hughton needs to guage it and make the call, if he is indeed hated amongst the players, he needs to have the spine to just say enough is enough, you are staying away from the first team.


In his own mind....but we've seen precious little of this "intelligence"..and interviews win you fuck all on the pitch.
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liam1708 Wrote:In his own mind....but we've seen precious little of this "intelligence"..and interviews win you fuck all on the pitch.

Too true, but I meant with regard to him being an arsehole generally.
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Sal Wrote:Too true, but I meant with regard to him being an arsehole generally.

I concur
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liam1708 Wrote:I concur

your a conker !!!
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