Barton out to prove a point

And it’s a warm welcome back to the big time for Joey Barton. Everyone’s favourite cheeky Scouser is out to prove a point to his many Premier League betting critics.

Last season Newcastle managed to win the Championship without the midfielder. Barton only managed 15 appearances due to injury. His confidence is still there, stating this week he is as good as anyone in the country in his position. Barton added he was confident of getting back into the England squad and adding to his single international cap.

Despite his enfant terrible tag, the fact remains that Barton is a quality player. Before his various disciplinary troubles, many in England viewed him as one of the best central midfielders in the Premiership.

His passing ability is up there with the best and his tough tackling style is essential to his team. His inability to channel that aggression has been Barton’s biggest fault so far in his career.

After spending 77 days in jail for assault, Barton pledged to turn his life around. He promised to repay Newcastle for sticking with him. It didn’t turn out like that though.

After returning from another injury lay-off, Barton was sent off against Liverpool, as Newcastle struggled to stave off relegation. In the dressing room afterwards, a reported bust up occurred between Barton and then manager Alan Shearer.

Barton was given an indefinite ban for his behaviour and against all pre-season Premier League betting odds, Newcastle were relegated.

The Liverpool born midfielder will be looking to remind everyone of his ability this season. After missing so much football over the last three years, Barton will be raring to go come the season opener against Blackburn on the 14th August.

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