QPR should bring Barton back and play him in the Championship

Queen’s Park RangersJoey Barton has been on loan this season with Ligue 1 outfit Olympique de Marseille.

The controversial QPR player has been in effective exile from his homeland since his behavioral conduct in the Premier League made him something of a liability for his club.

However, in his absence, QPR have had a dismal season and have been relegated to the Championship after their 0-0 draw at Reading on Sunday after which Jose Bosingwa was seen exiting the pitch through the tunnel laughing.

Naturally, Barton took to Twitter where he accused Bosingwa of being a ‘maggot’ and claimed QPR had too many ‘w*****s’ on their payroll, a problem and a contentious issue I discussed earlier this week.

“I can't believe QPR have just been relegated and Boswinga was walking down the tunnel laughing,” wrote Barton.

“Embarrassing. Show some guts man,” he added of the former Chelsea defender who is reportedly earning £65,000 per week at QPR.

Gutted for the club. To many w*****s amongst the playing staff. All brought in by (former manager Mark) Hughes.”

“Some good lads but not enough. Too many maggots,” he fired.

Now, I was never particularly a fan of Joey Barton when he did play in the Premier League but I must admit, I do respect his passion and, frankly, at least he’s got some character about him

Perhaps if QPR had have had eleven Joey Barton’s on Sunday, they might not be going down. Barton has behaviour over the years has ranged from completely inappropriate to downright disgusting but, along with his temperament, comes of player of great determination, commitment and tenacity.

QPR’s main problem this season has been the lack of determination, motivation and even vague interest a number of their playing staff have shown. They haven’t been bothered for the badge, the fans, the club and I don’t think most of them could give a rat’s behind whether or not they win or lose.

Joey Barton may have been a liability all his career but at least he can never be accused of indifference or malaise. In fact, he’s exactly the kind of personality a team like QPR could have benefitted from greatly through their struggles this term.

Barton finished off his diatribe with:

“Hope they can get a load out, if not they'll end up in a Wolves situation because trust me that Championship is a f****** hard league!”

Well then, I suppose a hard league is going to require a hard man and, of all the players QPR have on their payroll, Joey Barton is surely the hardest hardman they have.

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