Peacemaker, leader: Leroy Fer says he's seeing the real Joey Barton

The Queens Park Rangers midfielder has been pleasantly surprised by his captain.

Leroy Fer admits he has seen the real Joey Barton at Loftus Road this season, as reported by the London Evening Standard.

Barton's troubled footballing past is well documented; one needs only to search an image of Ousmane Dabo's injured face after an altercation with Barton for proof.

But there has been a definite change to the QPR midfielder in recent times. Whether that change is definitive or not only time will tell - but there has definitely been a maturing, at least temporary, from the 32-year-old, now a leader from midfield in west London.

Not only has he been a leader of late, Barton acted as peacemaker when Clint Hill and Fer were involved in a verbal spat with QPR fans during the 2-1 defeat at Burnley

And Fer says his opinion of the midfielder has changed markedly as a result, as he gets to see the real side of his team-mate.

"“For the first six months he has been like that with me," the Dutchman is quoted as saying.

"Everyone said before I joined that Joey Barton is crazy and this or that, but no - he’s been a really good captain. He calms people down, he talks a lot with me. I don’t have the impression that I had before of him.”

QPR host Manchester United at Loftus Road tomorrow afternoon at 3pm British Time.

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