The Barton Complex
202 career appearances, 22 career goals, 2 clubs, One Cap, one aim,
This is The Barton Complex,
How does one break the International mould and be more than a one cap wonder? Joey Barton’s recent comments in French Sports Magazine So Foot raise the question what does it take to break into the England Fold for more than a 45minute cameo as the unfortunate former Newcastle and Celtic Player Alan Thompson experienced in 2004.
Barton is reaching the peak of his career at the right time for our club, he forms a dynamic axis in the centre of the park with the talented Kevin Nolan and has put his personal troubles behind him to deliver numerous man of the match performances this season. He is in a similar situation to Scott Parker at West Ham, he is English, he is playing weekly and strongly for his club and isn’t playing for a top 6 Team. The inclusion of Gareth Barry is still debated among football fans when the true tenacity and grit of Barton is missing from an england team that hasn’t had a tough midfield general since the days of Butt and Gascoigne.
The question must be raised, is Bartons exclusion from European competition hindering his chances? Many pundits would agree as he isn’t being tested week in week out by the likes of Iniesta and Xavi, but then neither is Gerrard who is playing his field in the Europa League.
What must have our Joey do to be seen as a ‘Mighty Joe Young’ and not ‘A Piece of Scum’, history can be hard to erase but the man should be not be marginalised for the misdemeanors of his youth. Another solid performance against Aston Villa this weekend and a few strong performances against the likes of Man Utd and Chelsea who we have yet to play before England’s Wembley clash with Switzerland on June 4th and an inclusion would be merited. Matt Jarvis, Kevin Davies, Alan Thompson, Francis Jeffers, Chris Kirkland, Michael Ball, David Unsworth, Lee Bowyer, Seth Johnson, Gavin Mc Cann, David Dunn, Lee Henrie, David Nugent, and Jay Bothroyd all know how Barton feels, and as Newcastle supporters we too must push for a player who has given so much to our club to be seen as a player capable of being given a second chance at a level he deserves to be playing at.
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