As developments at Newcastle United seem to worsen each day and players seem more unsettled according to media reports and outbursts on twitter. I feel for their fans as they are great, loyal fans who seem to be going through similar misery that Liverpool fans were going through a year ago. We were in a position with a weak manager, no finances to invest in the squad and losing our better players. Players unsettled and no light at the end of the tunnel. Xabi Alonso left Liverpool as he was forced out by the lunacy of Rafa Benitez. Xabi leaving started the slide on the pitch which just got worse and worse as time passed. Then in stepped John W Henry and Kenny Dalglish to save us from years of mediocrity.
Similar events unfolding in the north have meant that Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan have left the club. Next could be Jose Enrique and Joey Barton. Newcastle have made Joey Barton available on a free transfer. LFC fans have mixed views on whether we should be trying to sign Barton.
I myself am not sure whether we should sign Barton as he obviously comes with a lot of baggage. He has a very chequered past but does everyone deserve another chance?
Barton was Newcastle’s best player last year in my opinion and seemed to mature as a player and a person. He brings a bit of fire to midfield, playing with a fully committed attitude and leaves everything on the pitch. He played well against us at Anfield towards the end of last season. I also recall he went to take a corner at the Kop end and had light hearted banter with the crowd.
Joey Barton has rightly stated his unhappiness that Newcastle are letting their better players leave the club but he also stated he wants to play for Newcastle. They have decided they do not want him anymore so is it time he made a move to Anfield?
He has had discipline issues in the past even getting sent off at Anfield in recent times. But could Kenny get the best out of a player with undoubted ability and keep him on the straight and narrow? If we did get him where would he play and how often? Could he rekindle his relationship with Andy Carroll?
As usual there are many question marks over the enigma that is Joey Barton! Keep the faith toon army as we have been there but we had to remember our motto You’ll Never Walk Alone to get through the dark times!
YNWA – In King Kenny We Trust