After news of Joey Barton’s Newcastle release yesterday, Spurs have emerged as clear favourites to gain his signature and at the time of writing, you can get as little as 2/1 on Barton becoming a Spurs player by the start of the new season. With the player available on a free, he suddenly finds himself within Harry’s transfer budget and the suggestion in today’s Metro newspaper claims that talks are already being lined up.
Earlier this summer, we asked if you would welcome the arrival of Barton to White Hart Lane and the answer was a pretty emphatic ‘no’. But as our other midfield targets, Charlie Adam, Scott Parker have drifted out of sight, has anything changed our point of view?
While Barton’s off-field misdemeanours will follow him wherever he goes, his impact on the field seems to have gathered momentum in his time at St James’s Park and when you saw Newcastle fans being interviewed yesterday, they were unanimous in their support of the player.
So is it possible to disregard baggage or is there more to it than that and is it simply a case that Joey Barton won’t add anything to our overcrowded midfield? If we were happy to welcome Parker or Adam, what is the essential difference with Barton?