Do we need to replace Barton?

Barton before moving to European giants QPR.
It’s been a strange transfer window for Newcastle thus far. We have seen arguably our best three players leave the club over the summer and it’s certainly been a time of change and the end of an era in many ways.

Of course in football we see changes happen all the time. Players come and go. One day they are kissing the badge and the next they have their heads turned – usually by money. It seems you should only get attached to a player at your own peril as it’s only textbook that they move on eventually.

Joey Barton was the latest big name to head for the exit door as the potential of QPR proved to be too much for the player to resist. Of course Joey’s integrity and loyalty was questioned by many fans after he opted to move down South after promising Newcastle fans that no matter what happened he would see his contract out at the club. Joey went on to claim that he would only be tempted to leave United this window if a top four team came calling.

Personally I’m sure the guy had his reasons for going back on his promises. I’m very aware that the board didn’t want Joey at the club following various Twitter outbursts and that would have made Barton feel vulnerable. I appreciate that he merely wanted long term security, especially since he has his first kiddie on the way. Either that or he really believes QPR can make an instant impact in the top division – let’s hope for his sake it’s not the latter.

I’m not here to debate Joey’s move, quite frankly he is no longer a Newcastle player therefore I don’t care. I actually still like Barton, he was my favourite player and I had his name across my shoulders on my home shirt last season. It’s just foolish to dwell and to analyse players leaving the club. Let’s concentrate on the present and the lads wearing the black and white of Newcastle United. They are the important players.

I remember Alan Pardew saying recently in a press conference that if Joey left we would replace him. Now I know that we shouldn’t be so trusting on everything we are told by the club and being sceptical is what we have been reduced to over the last couple of years. With a left back and striker the overwhelming priorities over the next 24 hours or so should we be looking to add another midfielder in your opinion?

Yossi Benyaoun is a name that is being touted around at the moment, a player that is surplus to requirements at Chelsea and a player Alan Pardew knows well from their time together at West Ham. We still looked quite blessed in the middle in my opinion, with Benny still to come back and Haris Vuckic and Shola Ameobi making a big impression do we even need to bring someone in to replace Barton?

With a move for Davide Santon allegedly close, should we now put all our efforts into bringing in a striker of decent calibre before the window slams shut at 11.00 pm on Wednesday?

Pards if your reading we don’t want Carlton Cole – Thank you. Please?!

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103 thoughts on “Do we need to replace Barton?

  1. I can’t believe we have signed an Italian Internationale defender for 5m…. Why aren’t we spending more money!!
    We have been taken for a ride by MA and his cronies… All we have done is sign international players this transfer window.


  2. @Aussie Magpie Fan

    was that a joke??

    “I canโ€™t believe we have signed an Italian Internationale defender for 5m”


  3. yeah he can play lb – just saying his natural position is rb. thats all

    aussie magpie – chill out!! we get what your saying!

    before you have an orgasm over the fact he is an international let me quickly say – he was loaned out last year to a serie B team last season

    just keeping your expectations in order in case you were expecting miracles from the lad

    good signing though. i hope


  4. i think we should go for balotelli!!

    him and santon grew up in academy together and are bessie mates ๐Ÿ˜†


  5. DOITFOR…… I can see what your saying about Santon, but the fact is he is only 20 years old…. The potential of this guy is untapped… Given the right support and a bit of confidence, he could be a real player for us…


  6. @Aussie Magpie Fan

    ๐Ÿ˜† thought it was, after reading it twice i couldnt get my heed around it ๐Ÿ˜ณ



  7. yes we have signed players who have won leagues and the best sides in their league..some people still have a go…better then getting old british players for money who dont give a dam…silly the the way the club is running lol..tiote is crap..isnt is ben arfa and cabye..becasue they cost nothing..some people dont no sh.t..ben arfa when fit is 1 of the best players in the league..he has the best control of a football in the league..


  8. Santon seems a great signing, but sounds like he will need a lot of nurturing, time to adjust and confidence rebuilt- hope our fans give him the time and don’t get on his back


  9. One thing is for sure…. Tomorrow is going to be like feeding time at the zoo when it comes to player movements…All the brinkmanship and BS that has been played out over the past few weeks will count for nothing as desperate deals are pushed through… Hang onto to your ankles people… ๐Ÿ˜€


  10. ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†
    Mourinho had said: โ€œSanton is simply a phenomenon
    ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†
    DAVIDE Santon was due on Tyneside today with Newcastle United hoping to complete his ยฃ5million move to St Jamesโ€™ Park.

    And the Magpies have also attempted to resurrect their move for Mali international Modibo Maiga.

    The Chronicle understands that United officials were looking to tie up two deals today in a bid to beat the transfer deadline, with their dealings going right down to the wire.


  11. Anyone else have a niggling feeling we might sell Harper? Hope not but his absence from the team, the niggling injury and the rumour in the Journal he doesn’t want to sit on the bench any more just got me thinking. Though him being awarded the number 1 jersey kind of negates that.


  12. Mark hes not philp lahm you joker!!! the only right footed full back who prefers lb!!!

    hes a right back that can play left back!!

    flipping eck – but he still a better lb than raylor.

    anyhoo – keeping fingers crossed on a few more


  13. DOITFOR Should I assume you are a football manager fan?
    He may be a right back in the game, but most of his first team career has been spent actually playing left back, hence the ‘new Maldini’ tag.
    Also, Cessena were in Serie A last season


  14. sell harper???

    to who?

    unless you mean loan out to a lower league club, that may be possible. doubt it though. hes a dressing room leader


  15. Reports in France also linked Arsenalโ€™s Marouane Chamakh with Newcastle along with Lille, Bordeaux and Paris St Germain.

    I just hope we dont go and sell Colo or Tiote. Why arent clubs in for our proven premiership stalwart and international rock Alan Smith. Surely clubs must be fighting over him as I type, I’d expect at least 200k for him ๐Ÿ˜€


  16. my bad – thought cesena were in serie b.

    solanos, im not gonna atgue nemore on this – hes a better lb than what we have so end of. I did explain earlier that he came in as a rb..

    doitforsirbobby says:
    August 30, 2011 at 10:19
    trust me, hes a right back. inter are my italian team. he came in for javier zanetti when he was injured about 3 years ago. as he did well mourinho put him at lb when zanetti and latterly maicon played at rb.
    but believe me โ€“ he is a rb


  17. @doitforsirbobby

    clearly it was a joke. the pic didnt show he was playing leftback did it?

    flipping eck ๐Ÿ™„


  18. he got stuck in..when he played against the dublin cup..he looked a real player and he is fast as well…anything is better then simpson and taylor… simpson might be sold..and we get a left back as well..just a feeling lads..


  19. new maldini?!

    is that like the new maradona?!

    or new pele?!

    i think we should have a debate – is carroll the new shearer??


  20. I agree with SRH @2, Barton was replaced b4 he left. We brought in Cabaye to fill his more natural CMF position and wingers like Obertan (and in a sense Marveaux pushing Jonas to the right) to fill his adopted spot out wide. Yes they are all somewhat different but they cover all the spots Barton would have played, though i think, had he stayed, he would have retained his spot on the right. Gosling also covers Barton, although what I’ve seen from him wasn’t good. We also have Guthrie and utility man Ryan Taylor who’ll be having a go in goal next. We’ll miss Barton but i think his spot is covered. What we DO need however is a CB. A striker would be nice, but in fairness we have quite a few and if HBA can get and stay fit I think he can score a few and maybe help get a few more out of the strikers we do have.


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