So Joey Barton has joined QPR on a free transfer. I wrote an article earlier today on why it made sense http://nufcbano.blogspot.com/2011/08/barton-to-qpr-it-actually-makes-sense.html which included the fact QPR have a new rich owner willing to invest in the team, he can get himself the 5 year contract he wants, he can get wages of at least £50k with this new rich owner, he will probably be given the captaincy, he will get to play in the Premier League still which if he were to go to West Ham for eg he would obviously be dropping down a league, which he isn't going to do. So it all actually makes sense the more you think about it.
My instincts became true and more apparent as the day went on. Photos of him on the train travelling down to London were posted on Twitter by North East journalist David Sedgwick, and then the confirmation Tweets from @Joey7Barton himself by tweeting at 6.30 "Having a medical now......no contract from NUFC. Says it all. My hands are tied."
This is a big blow for NUFC as in my opinion he is our most influential player. Not just on the pitch but also in the dressing room and training ground. He leads by example. Committed, Passionate and always up for the fight. Sometimes literally. But most importantly he had quality. Quality service into the box. Last season he was responsible for at least 14 goals via his delivery whether from open play or a set piece.
Whether you like him or loathe him, HE WILL BE MISSED.
Our Le Toon revolution of replacing all of the opinionated senior players with French do as we say fancies, is almost complete. Their is a week left before we bring in a couple more Frenchies in Cissokho and Maiga to complete the Revolution jigsaw.
Carroll, Nolan, Enrique and now Barton have all gone, with Cabaye, Marveaux, Obertan coming in with Maiga and Cissokho to follow to replace them all.
This may turn out to be suicide or a fresh new looking NUFC that actually does quite well. Either way, its a huge transition in just 6 MONTHS. Which in my opinion is a big mistake. We should have ADDED to the senior players like Barton, not REPLACED. This team will miss Barton's influence big time. This will be proved over the course of the season.
All we can do is hope and pray the powers that be haven't got us into another fine mess!!