Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

So What IS Joey Barton Like?

So What IS Joey Barton Like?

Vital Villa asked what you thought of the Joey Barton link. Seems not that many were bothered by his history with only 16% saying they'd be disgusted with him joining Villa and just 8% saying NO NO NO!

4% thought it would be an ok signing leaving the vast majority with 53% believing him to be a good player who Martin O'Neill could handle. 11% were unsure and the remaining 8% said he'd be a great signing.

Further to this, I asked Andy Leggott of Vital Manchester City a few questions, here is what he had to say:

1) What do you think of Joey Barton as a player?

Joey Barton is a good midfielder in an average side. He firmly believes he is a sort of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard rolled into one. The reality is he falls some way short of those aspirations. His passing is far from consistent and his set pieces are awful. However he is a combatative midfielder who will give his team everything. He will get goals from midfield and create chances for an effective strikeforce. He is a marked man however and opposition players, supporters and referees tend to treat him on reputation alone.

2) Will you be sorry to see him go?

I'm always sorry when an academy player leaves the club, especially one who has managed international honours. Again though, Joey has had one chance too many at City and I believe the club have no option but to sell him. If we can recoup £5.5 million for him then I'll say goodbye reluctantly and wish him well.

3) What do you think of Joey Barton as a person and does his private life affect his game?

Joey Barton is a better person than the national media give him credit for. His charity work is second to none within the club and he is far removed from the brother he is often portrayed as. That said he clearly has anger management problems that he cannot control and that is where the problems lie.

4) Do you think he'd do a good job for Villa or does he carry too much baggage?

Maybe a new club and fresh start is what he needs. O'Neil may have more success in controlling his off field activities and temperament. On the downside his ego may be too big for dressing room harmony (he reportedly upset several England players when called up recently). I'd put £5.5 million as too much of a risk despite the positives on the field.

With thanks to Andy Leggott from Vital Manchester City. www.manchestercity.vitalfootball.co.uk/

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday June 1 2007
Time: 4:31PM

Comments

0
Reo-Coker it is, then!
pongogidman
01/06/2007 16:47:00
0
Along the lines with what others around here thought anyway. Always gonna be a gamble. I think we should be trying to sneak sissoko from liverpool if he's available.
johnnyuk
01/06/2007 17:00:00
0
Despite clicking NO NO NO over 300 times, it still only produced 8%...... Damn it! To be fair though if he could sort out his anger management problems he'd be a good signing. He played a cracking ball through to Mpenza against us leaving him one on one with Sozza.....
nottinghamvillain
01/06/2007 17:09:00
0
I think the guy is frustrated at how poor city and their aspirations are. bring him to VP set him some targets and I think he could be cracking for us. As i've said before the boys a winner and we need winners in our side.
iomvilla
01/06/2007 17:49:00
0
hmm worth a crack i think. Still, i'd rather have Reo.
Cubos
01/06/2007 17:54:00
0
I would love to see this guy at Villa park. We need some fire in the belly at VP we have lacked a little snarl in the mid field for quite a while. I think this guy will bring it. As for his off field antics, well as the article said bit of a media beat up. Nah can't be! The media would never exagerate anything to make a story!
shrike
02/06/2007 01:41:00
0
The guy's got serious issues and so has his axe-murderer brother. I don't think even MON could handle this guy's demons!
Rawlie
02/06/2007 04:28:00
0
I think it's out of order people keep talking about him with his half brother, as if he was any way involved. Barton has nothing to do with him. I say we sign him, the guy is five times the player Okey-Cokey will ever be.
mackaavfc
02/06/2007 11:44:00
0
If you were the HR manager for a company and this guy sent his CV, you'd think great. Then when you did a bit of digging and got the references in, you would bin the application there and then. Why should a *****er like this be treated any different JUST because he's a professional footballer?
Rawlie
03/06/2007 04:36:00
0
Would have been a very good signing in my estimation. Very talented footballer, a fighter and a winner, available due to circumstances at a pretty reasonable fee. Obviously MON was not particularly interested, but NUFC have got themselves a very good player.
glensider
19/06/2007 14:56:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

End Of Season Villa Loan Update (31/5/16)

Following on from mid April's update, here's the final bits of info from the players Aston Villa had out on loan as the 2015/16 campaign ended.

Insert Your Own - X Interested In Jack Grealish

Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City are just three of the seemingly endless number of teams interested in taking Jack Grealish this summer...Everton makes it four...

A Villan's International Round Up

There were a number of Villan's on international duty in recent days - so a quick an easy recap for anybody with an international mind.

How Much Have Aston Villa Earned Since 1992?

With the £100million television ceiling being broken this season and handed to one club, where do Aston Villa fall in all time Premier League payments table?

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Roberto Di Matteo would be:
Suggested By: JP Fear
A great appointment31%
A good appointment but I'd prefer a.n.other38%
An average appointment16%
No thanks appointment!15%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Grid penalties in Canada for Kvyat & Ericsson
Latest Vital Boxing News
Callum Smith makes it 20 Out of 20
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions911
2.The Fear559
3.kefkat372
4.sirdennis312
5.Fulford274
6.Lerner Out!250
7.JuanPabloAngel235
8.glensider205
9.Silhillvilla188
10.DeanoVilla181
Vital Football Comment