Maybe this man will help Newcastle avoid the drop

Yes, this man, Joey Barton is set to return to the Newcastle United squad for next Monday's must win game at home Portsmouth.

The 25-year old has been out of action for almost three months now with a broken foot, however he now looks set to play a major part in the Magpies fight for survival.

Alan Shearer's men are currently four points adrift of Blackburn in 17th and are in desperate need of something or someone to keep them up, so could the man who has earned a reputation as one of the Premier League's most hated individuals be the one to change things at St James'?

Who knows? Only time will tell.

But for me, I think Barton is just what Newcastle need. A real fighter. OK, he may not be the most talented player in the world, however whenever Joey Barton steps out on the field, you can guarantee one thing. That he will always give you 100%, no matter what.

So what do you think? Is Barton the men to lift Newcastle out of the drop zone and to Premier League safety or will he prove to be a liability in the final few games? Comments below please.