Why do I refer to him as Joseph? Well,having watched his articulate, contrite, disarmingly honest and tangibly genuine mea culpa interview on the box, I'm convinced he's ready to turn the corner. Can those who would object, find it in them, to turn the other cheek?
We currently have the worst defence in the division, with a worrying statistic of having shipped 18 goals in the 8 matches played. Not great. Whilst Barton isn't a defender per se, our defenders are not unanimously to blame for this alarming state of affairs. Fact is, teams are not afraid of us, and we are being knocked over far too easily and if our situation worsens then, come January, I would like Moyes to swoop for the above-mentioned Barcode misfit.
If we get dragged in to a bottom-eight dogfight, who do you think would be more willing to shed blood, sweat and tears for the Everton cause? Screech Fellaini? Phil (what am I doing in midfield?) Neville? Andy van der Vodka? Mikel (not the face) Arteta? Segundo Castillo anyone? Or, a boyhood Blue who could be the next Peter Reid??
We live in an advanced society wherein those who have gone astray are given the opportunity for rehabilitation and redemption, and football reflects many of our core values, one example being the Kick Out Racism campaign. Surely, as Evertonians, we should be campaigning to have more of our own (Evertonians) in the side, reflecting our passion, fighting (no pun) for the Royal Blue shirt, and sending an example to the sociopathic youths in our own city: Namely that, with reflection, purpose and support, people can change for the better.
Add to that, he's a damn good player, who I believe would give his all, work hard, impress us, and would be a natural figurehead on the pitch.
Newcastle is a graveyard for Premier League footballers, and a histrionic joke of a football club. Barton has atrophied up there, and it's a waste....
Hope those of a certain vintage enjoyed the Floyd reference in the title!!!!
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