Barton To Learn From Butt & Geremi
Kevin Keegan has told Joey Barton that he can learn a lot from the Toon's midfield veteran pairing of Nicky Butt and Geremi, particularly Butt so he should take in all he can: 'Nicky will be here next year,' Keegan told The Journal. 'In Nicky Butt Joey's got someone he can learn from because eventually Joey will play that position, but not for a few years.'
Keegan is using his own experience of his time playing with Alan Ball, and the way he adapted his game when he got older to compare this to Butt's: 'Nicky puts a big workload in but Alan Ball once said, 'When I was young I worked up and down the pitch, when I got to 36, 37, 38 I worked across it because it's smaller.'
'Butty works across the pitch and he just ties us all together. I think Joey's the one who can forage on runs because he enjoys that too.'
Geremi was the Toon captain under Sam Allardyce, but then dropped off the radar completely and looked as though his St James' days could be numbered, but under Keegan he has come back into the side and been a major influence.
Keegan also believes that Barton can learn from him, but the three together are making a very good midfield trio, even if Geremi's maybe not the age he claims: 'Geremi's only 29 - that's what he says anyway!' Keegan added. 'But he's very fit. You have three guys in midfield who are the unsung heroes of this team but they enjoy it as well.
'Geremi's very clever, Nicky's experience is invaluable to us and Joey Barton's enthusiasm and energy gives us a nice balance in there.'
Keegan sounds about right in his thoughts really, doesn't he?
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