Having spent part of his youth career at Everton, Joey Barton remains an unfortunate affiliation for the club to boast, given his antics throughout a chequered career and following it.
Even if the two only briefly crossed paths, few within the game nowadays would want to be associated with someone so openly sexist, taking to X to issue tirade after tirade about how women should not be involved in punditry on the men’s game.
Perhaps in a last-gasp attempt to remain relevant, the former Manchester City midfielder has voiced some rancid opinions in the last few months.
But his latest one regarding the Toffees is actually a feeling that many supporters will likely have.
Once again taking to X, he gave his reaction to the latest news to effect Everton, involving Newcastle United of all clubs…
What did Joey Barton say about Everton?
Often found getting worked up online, Barton seems to showcase an attitude where he seldom thinks before he speaks when posting.
So many of his claims are not very well thought out, and thus he is often made to look foolish by those who might reply with his contradictory views or actions on a topic in the past.
Well, this latest frustration is born of the news that Saudi Arabia could be set to bail the Tyneside outfit out of their FFP hole, amid reports that they are keen to take Miguel Almiron to the Middle East. Barton was not happy with that, given the links shared between the Saudi Pro League and Newcastle’s owners.
He claimed: ‘If @NUFC sell Miguel Almiron to Saudi. And @Everton and @NFFC end up having points deductions. At what point do @ChelseaFC and @NUFC summer Saudi transfers and Saudi investments in the clubs come under intense scrutiny?
‘It does look very corrupt @premierleague. Two tiered policing of the game. Not to mention @ManCity and the 115 charges currently disputed. You could be forgiven for thinking Premier League is Corrupt?
A coincidence or not?
Whilst it might seem an easy link to voice frustrations at the Saudi Arabian links, it must be noted that the club in question, Al-Shabab, are one of those not owned by PIF.
Therefore, on the surface, there are no ties between the potential buyers seeking to snag Almiron from Tyneside.
Not to mention that the Paraguayan does fit their mould of ageing stars with little left to offer in the Premier League, seeking one final payday before calling time.
The 29-year-old would be a perfect target for the league, as someone with enough of a following to draw more eyes, particularly with the South American market.
Whilst it would be nice to lobby a genuine corruption claim at the Magpies, given the newly-emerged rivalry emerging between the two sides, there seems to be little in Barton’s claims.
What a refreshing change of pace…