Joey Barton: NUFC Blog player of the season.

Posted on May 17th, 2011 | 29 Comments |

Barton: Zero to hero.
Barton: Zero to hero.
With 509 from a total of 1615 votes (31%) at the last time of counting, Joey Barton has been chosen by NUFC Blog users as Newcastle United’s ‘Player of the Season’ for 2010/11. He succeeds Jose Enrique, the winner of our 2009/10 vote.

Barton’s journey to this, the greatest of all honours has been a long, and somewhat controversial journey which has even involved a 77 day stretch at Her Majesty’s pleasure for Assault and Affray after a drunken night out in Liverpool. However, after a Newcastle United career which has lasted for four seasons now, the boy has finally come good in a black and white shirt. Previously known primarily as a central midfielder, Barton has also proved to be something of a revelation since previous manager, Chris Hughton switched him to the right hand side, where his crossing ability has played an important part in Newcastle United’s current season.

Current manager, Alan Pardew, recently said of Barton:

“I think Joey is aware that he carries that baggage from earlier in his career, but you are talking about a guy who has shown nothing but professionalism since I have been here.

“He has been excellent, not just on the pitch but off it as well. I take people as they find them and I think if he can continue in this vein of form, he could be Newcastle’s player of the year. He has been brilliant this season.”

One incident with Blackburn’s Morgan Gamst Pederson apart, even Barton’s once renowned lack of self control, once the most dangerous and self destructive element of his career so far, has given way to admirable restraint in the face of provocation from opposing teams who know only too well of his short fuse in the past. Instead, it has been channelled in a much more productive way, inspiring the team with a will to fight when the chips are down.

On the other hand though, one could say that it’s about time that the £50,000+ per week Huyton Hurricane proved his worth to the Newcastle side after years of being more of a liabilty than an asset.

However at this time we come to praise Barton, not to bury him. So, Joey Barton, congratulations.

You are NUFC Blog’s ‘Player of the Season’!

(You can see the full results on the right hand side of this blog if you click ‘view results’).

Joey Barton’s 2010/11 statistics.

Apps As Sub Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal Fouls Committed Fouls Against Yellow Cards Red Cards
31 0 4 9 58 15 40 63 8 0

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29 Responses

  1. It`s nice to see that Newcastle fans recognise the fact Joey has played his ass off this season.
    Good to see he has managed his natural aggression in a positive manner.
    As for his claims he`s a better player than Barry, hey! no doubt in my mind.
    Hopefully he will sign at least a three year contract, as he is an asset we can`t afford to lose.

  2. been great for us this year, no red cards either, really turned it around and deserves some credit

  3. To be fair he has been consistently the best player throughout the whole season so deserves to be player of the season.
    Just hope he can continue in this great vain of form next season and the club recognise his good work with a 3 yr contract.

  4. Mind you, this demonstrates a problem with democratic things like voting.

    I voted for Colo and I’m obviously right, so it just goes to show how voting can often deliver the wrong answer.

  5. Beardsleys Boots says:
    May 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    “cardiff 0-1 Reading.
    get in there.”

    Are you a bit of a Reading fan BB? Or do you just hate Cardiff?

  6. Beardsleys Boots says:
    May 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    “Bugger, missed that 2nd goal.

    week bladder lol”

    That happens to me so often that I think it’s fate. I sometimes do it deliberately out of superstition, in the hope that the Toon will score!

  7. Beardsleys Boots says:
    May 17, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    “Have you seen the new (rumoured) away kit for next season”

    I have now BB. Not as bad as that fuschia Everton one this year I suppose

    I was sent a picture of the home one ages ago, but I didn’t beleive it as we get a few of those ‘fantasy’ ones too. I also never thought they’d just put two white stripes on as it doesn’t look like a proper Newcastle shirt any more.

  8. Aye its not bad really, and I think the new home one will grow on us. Especially if it turns out to be a lucky one :lol:

  9. Beardsleys Boots says:
    May 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    “Aye its not bad really”

    Tangerine is better than banana and custard BB? :-)

  10. yes but nanas n custad was a lucky strip in the end. We had the last laugh on that one :D

  11. Tangerine was certainly lucky for Blackpool last season BB. Then again, it’s their home strip so they’ve worn it since god knows when.

  12. Love you Joey – keep up the good work.
    Always backed him and I take my hat off to him.
    Even though I don’t wear hats.

  13. Very happy to see the way Joey has turned things around for himself and contributed mightily to the cause. I had always hoped it’d turn out like this, but very much had my doubts at times. Good on him and long may it continue. After he hangs up his boots he’ll no doubt become a Buddhist monk. :D