Leeds fan comment: Club would be eight points better off with Joey Barton

Joey Barton

Where would Leeds be in the table if they had signed Joey Barton?

Earlier this week on HITC Sport we posed the question of whether Joey Barton might have been the answer at Leeds United after all. 

Barton was linked with a move to Leeds by The Sun in the summer, but the club elected not to push to sign the free agent.

Leeds have since looked timid in their performances this season, winning only once, struggling particularly to cope with the pressure of playing at home.

Timid is certainly something the outspoken Barton is not, and with the midfielder eventually signing for Burnley, we asked whether the club had missed a trick.

One Leeds United fan felt strongly that they did, responding to write that he felt Leeds would have turned draws into wins if Barton had been in the team.

Alberto told HITC Sport: "Maybe Barton would have been on big wages, but he might have inspired Leeds to have at least 8 points more than they have now and it is to Burnley's advantage to have signed him.

"If Barton had signed, the Leeds midfield and entire playing squad, would have had a leader and someone experienced to prompt the young players, but sadly the current midfield is far too young, naive and rudderless.

"Most of the the results this season have been very, very disappointing and those five wasted drawn games, could come back to haunt Leeds, if the extremely poor form continues at MK Dons and Leeds drop near the relegation zone.

"As we are now starting to see, those drawn games are about as much use as a defeat and I wish that Rosler would realise that, before it's too late and Cellino finally loses his patience."

Leeds currently sit in 14th place in the table, scant improvement on the 15th they finished last season - when at least they had the excuse of off field instability.

Had Leeds earned an extra eight points they would double their total tally, and have 16 in total. This would be enough to them in second place, two points ahead of Barton's current side Burnley.

Leeds appear to clearly lack an experienced leader with quality on the ball, and with Barton off the table now, they need to look for a player of this ilk in January, unless they can somehow find a stop gap loan solution before then.

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