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Joey Barton - Is It Worth It?



Joey Barton struck what could have been a timely blow to Rangers' survival hopes at the weekend - at what point do the negatives outweigh the positives?

Far be it from me to keep our skipper out of the headlines, as in the wake of a momentous and valiant battle to safety, we seem to be treading the same path once again with Joey Barton.

Without wanting to taint what was a magnificent day, I posed the question - without prejudice - to Vital QPR's sizeable twitter army - Should Joey Barton feature in a QPR shirt again?

It would be fair to say that while Joey has been a magnificent force for good of late, he rather reverted and let himself, his team-mates and supporters down with his careless and thoughtless actions.

That isn't quite what hurts the most in truth. His resultant actions on to take to twitter and first of all say he was trying to take a City player with him, then secondly continue a war of words with Alan Shearer rather leaves a bitter taste in the mouth on a glorious day.

The response on twitter to my earlier question was sizeable, but polarised. Many vehemently backing the skipper - labelling this as merely passion that's boiled over. Others say that this is a step too far and another act of self-gratification and selfishness.

The most interesting views were those on the fence. A consensus seemed to form on the middle ground that Joey has done a fantastic job - but he is a gamble that the club no longer need to take.

Barton has stated that the season turned on its axis when the supporters really got behind the players at Loftus Road - I would contest that it was when Barton himself concentrated on his football and absolute credit is due to him for turning his performances around.

The skipper turned his game around over-night, more passionate, dedicated and above all a better class of professional - not getting involved in various opportunities for fracas, passing improved ten-fold and even a goal against Swansea City crowned an incredible return to form for Barton.

Sunday however was a timely reminder of the simmering under-current of emotion that dwells within - and the pain and destruction it can cause to those around him. Luckily on Saturday it caused no damage, but as a ticking time-bomb other teams will seek to provoke Barton, and judging by Sunday may well be successful.

From a personal perspective Joey will know he has let himself down - he does not need the nation's media to remind him of this incident and previous indiscretions. He has been excellent in the final spell of the campaign and this can only be down to the right management of Mark Hughes, and a willingness personally to succeed.

Like him or loathe him, Sunday's display was unacceptable - something which Barton has admitted to - but moments like these at pivotal times in the game must raise the question about whether Barton has the temprament to let the sizeable strengths in his game outweigh the negatives and disappointment of last weekend.

Ending on a positive note, I would like to thank Joey. He has led a team to safety despite trying circumstances at times - whatever happends in regards to punishment happends, but the positive side of Joey's game in the latter part of the season has been an inspiration and I hope those that purely want to pillory the midfielder will remember his contributions - his ample contributions - in retaining QPR's Premier League status.
The journalist

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Date:Monday May 14 2012

Time: 12:36PM

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Excellent summation. I am on the side that, despite the half-a-dozen or so good games Joey had for us at the latter end of the season, he is too much of a liability going forward. With the likely permanent singing of Diakite coupled with the return to fitness of Ale Faurlin, I think Barton will be, at best, a squad player next season - particularly if the FA throw the book at him. And, in the end, he could have cost us dearly - not leaving the field of play in a timely fashion caused Mike Dean to add 5 mins to extra time (instead, most probably) of 3 for all the substitutions - it was in the 4th minute of those 5 that City scored their winner!
sandydl
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14/05/2012 13:38:00

Sorry this guy is a blight on British Football and should be got rid off. He is a liability to his club and a disgrace to the game of football
swanseye
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14/05/2012 14:43:00

The FA should make an example out of him, people fail to realise Kids look up to these footballers...I have saw kids on weekends literally dive on the floor to win free kicks, they copy their idols...If the FA do not ban this mindless vicious disgusting thug then it is ridiculous, i'd be happy for him to be banned for a year with a massive fine.
P.Avfc
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16/05/2012 12:29:00

P.Avfc Do yourself a favour and crawl back under the stone from wich you emerged. Barton is an idiot, there isn't a proper QPR fan out there who would argue otherwise. That said, you pop up here, giving it large, yet the shameful diver that is Ashley Young, seems to escape your attention. A bit of advice. Go away and come back when your pathetic club has something approaching the pride that Aston Villa FC once had, preferably pre 1982.
QPR4Me
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18/05/2012 20:30:00

Lol, QPR4me, jog on nob head.... Get off your high horse mate, my fellow Villain is merely pointing out what most of the country thinks. I dont think he was "giving it large" as you say. The point he makes about kids is correct, they do copy their idols. As for your point about Ashley Young, incase you hadnt noticed he no longer plays for us so if he gets on your tits that much, then perhaps you should pop over to Vital Man Utd and tell their fans all about your beef with him. Good luck next season.... I think you might be needing it :) UTV
GibboVilla
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