Joey Barton would happily play anywhere for Newcastle United

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JOEY Barton would play anywhere as long as he’s in the Newcastle United side.

But as it is, Barton’s more than happy with his new lease of life on the right side of midfield.

The 28-year-old was switched to the flank by former manager Chris Hughton early this season, and Barton – and Newcastle – haven’t looked back.

While Barton hasn’t been used as a conventional winger, he’s still proved hugely influential, not least through his deliveries from dead balls and open play.

And the midfielder’s form has led to calls for him to return to the England set-up.

Barton has six Premier League assists to his name so far this season, and is expected to again be on the right for Saturday’s home game against Bolton Wanderers.

However, Barton admits to having some doubts when Hughton asked him to play on the right at West Ham United in September.

“It’s almost a case of if you go there and play too well everyone will see you as a right midfielder,” Barton said.

“That was my greatest worry when Chris told me I was going to play there against West Ham

“But I’m just happy to be fit, playing, and able to showcase my talent at a big football club like this – I’d play left-back, right-back or in goal if I could.

“I’m just happy to play in the side, and I feel, at the minute, it’s the best formation for us to play as a team.”

Meanwhile, tonight’s reserve game against Manchester United at Whitley Park has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

H Newcastle United’s development squad kick-off their campaign in the Coppa Carnevale in Italy with a game against Fiorentina this afternoon.

The 48-team tournament features sides from 16 countries, with Juventus the defending champions.