Queens Park Rangers’ Joey Barton linked with Leeds United - would he be a good signing?

Joey Barton

Former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton, now at Queens Park Rangers, has been linked with a move to Championship outfit Leeds United.

According to The Daily Star, Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton is on the wishlist of Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn.

It has been reported by the British newspaper that Redfearn has told club owner Massimo Cellino that he wants to sign Barton in the summer transfer window.

While many Leeds fans will probably not be impressed that the Whites are being linked with such a controversial figure such as Barton, perhaps signing the former Newcastle United midfielder would not be such a bad idea.

True, the Englishman is controversial and is not afraid to speak his own mind, but as a footballer he is someone who is going to enhance the quality of Leeds.

Barton is not one of the best players in the Premier League, but the 32-year-old is someone who is certainly Championship material.

The former Manchester City man’s combative style is well suited to the second tier of English football, which is more about substance than style.

In QPR’s promotion-winning campaign of 2013-14, Barton scored three goals and created 79 chances in 37 Championship appearances.

The former Newcastle man had a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 41%, and he won 64 headers, 15 dribbles and 106 tackles.

Barton has a strong personality, and his presence in the dressing room, especially for big games, will be a boon to Leeds.

Moreover, Barton is out of contract at QPR at the end of the season, which means that Leeds will be able to snap him up for no transfer fee.

However, there are negatives. Barton will be 33 in September, and one wonders whether he will be physically strong to maintain a high level of performance throughout the 2015-16 Championship campaign.

The Englishman’s outspoken nature may not bode well with the Leeds fans, and he may not be interested in joining the West Yorkshire outfit.

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