Barton backed for Burnley impact


Burnley's James Tarkowski says he expects Joey Barton to give his side's survival hopes a significant boost.

The midfielder played a starring role as the Clarets won promotion from the Championship last term but rather than stay put, decided to seek a new challenge north of the border with Rangers.

However, his spell at Ibrox lasted just eight matches and, after being suspended by the club following a training ground bust-up, he was released from his contract in December.

Boss Sean Dyche wasted little time in stating his interest in the 34-year-old and, after signing him until the end of the season, the one-cap England international made his second debut in Saturday’s 0-0 FA Cup third-round draw at Sunderland.

Tarkowski was another of those given a chance by Dyche at the Stadium of Light and will be hoping to have done enough to earn a Premier League start against Southampton on Saturday.

With the Clarets currently 12th in the table, they appear to be in with an excellent chance of avoiding the drop but the defender is taking nothing for granted and believes Barton is exactly the type of character they need to boost their survival hopes.

“You know what Joey is like. He’s loud, he gets involved and he gets the lads going. He’ll be a good signing for us,” he said.

“Things didn’t work out at Rangers for him but he did very well for us last year so I’m sure it’s good to be back around the lads again.”


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