By Amir Mir
Charlie Adam has stated what the perception from the public would have been like had Joey Barton tackled Everton ace Seamus Coleman following his leg break against Wales on Friday.
The Republic of Ireland international was on the wrong end of a horror tackle by Neil Taylor during the World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.
Midfielder Adam believes supporters would have thought “that’s his reputation” had Barton made the possible career-ending tackle on the right-back.
Coleman has since had a successful operation in Dublin after it was confirmed he suffered a double leg break as a result of that challenge.
Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam, who is known for his tough tackling, gave his thoughts on that challenge by Taylor.
“If I had done that tackle or if Joey Barton had done that, it would be ‘that’s his reputation, that’s him, that’s the type of player he is’,” Adam told the Monday Night Club on Radio Five Live.
Burnley midfielder Barton has a bad reputation of ill-discipline on and off the field and has been involved in a number of incidents during his career.
As a result of that tackle by Taylor, Coleman could find himself on the sidelines for the rest of the year with these injuries usually taking at least six months to heal.
However, supporters will be hoping that the highly-rated player can get back onto the football field and produce the performances that have won him plaudits this season.
Coleman has been in tremendous form during this European chasing campaign for Ronald Koeman’s side producing consistent attacking displays from right-back.
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