Ah, Joey Barton. The name leaves a foul taste in the mouth like a sweaty, cold kebab wallowing in the greases of the previous night. But he, like the Saturday night treat, has his moments…
The former Manchester City man isn’t worth much in this world nowadays, other than the odd controversial tweet or some other form of delinquency.
Once upon a time though, there was a little more to his character. He could kick a sack of air fairly well, for example.
Joey Barton joined Newcastle United in 2007 at a point in the club’s history when they were neither here nor there, just existing in a state of perpetual averageness.
Sam Allardyce, who was the boss at the time, now openly admits that the midfielder was recruited on the pretence that he would “liven things up” at the club, which is one thing Barton can pretty much guarantee – for better or for worse.
Indeed, it was probably a little naïve on the part of the ex-England boss to not consider that the midfielder’s version of liveliness probably did not align with that of normal society (poor judgement on his part; not that he is any stranger to that *cough* pint of wine *cough*).
After some fairly dismal performances in a Newcastle shirt, Barton moved to Queens Park Rangers before bizarrely joining Ligue 1 side Marseille on loan in 2012. For anyone who has not had the displeasure of watching his famous French accent in accent, take a look…
Fresh from France, Barton joined Burnley. Worlds away from the sunny coast of Marseille, Barton excelled in his new environment, earning Sean Dyce’s side Premier League promotion for the umpteenth time and picking up a Player of the Year award along the way.
While Joey Barton was never actually a very good player at Newcastle, with a wicked free-kick just about his only saving grace, he has since won over the Magpie faithful in a more conventional way by ending close rival Sunderland’s automatic promotion hopes, condemning the Black Cats to the unpredictability of the League One play-offs.
Newcastle United fans, what are your standout memories of Joey Barton? Join the discussion by commenting below…
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