Ben Arfa Starts Life As Newcastle Player Today

Hatem Ben Arfa will start his life at the Newcastle club by joining the training today at Benton.

Hatem Ben Arfa – will train today

We’re not sure if Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote will also be at training today, since there are Internationals coming up and Cheick  will probably be involved in the games.

Ben Arfa was not included in Laurent Blanc’s first competitive France squad he named recently and that will give him a couple of weeks to bed down at Newcastle.

But we do expect both players to be in the squad for the next game against Blackpool at St. James Park a week on Saturday, where we must try to capture all 3 points with an attacking performance.

Chris Hughton, the Newcastle manager, will be fairly pleased with his side’s start to the season, although a win at Wolves on Saturday would have seen us in 4th place in the league.

And Ben Arfa, the attacking midfielder who has presumably not trained for a couple of weeks, should be available for the Blackpool game, hopefully.

Hughton said today:

“I can’t imagine he’s too far away on his fitness,” “We’re always pushing to add to the squad.There are still a couple of days to go, but if I was left with the squad I’ve got now, I would be happy.”

“We’ll see if Ben Arfa is up to speed for the Blackpool game,” “We’re hoping he’s going to join us in training on Monday. We’ll have a couple of weeks with him and see where he is from a fitness point of view.”

Ben Arfa, a 23-year-old play-maker and full French international, has been signed by the club to add some creativity and excitement to Newcastle’s midfield.

However, his pre-season has been disrupted somewhat by his refusal to train with French Champions Marseilles,  in his attempt to force through the loan move to Newcastle.

The international break will give Hughton some time to assess the fitness of the youngster, but we would hope both two new signings will be in the squad for Blackpool, plus any other signings the club makes before tomorrow afternoon, and we would expect a bumper crowd for the Blackpool game.

If all goes well Newcastle have an option to buy Ben Arfa for around £5.5M next summer or when the player makes 25 appearances this season.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    We need to be very clear about ‘must win’ and ‘must not lose’ fixtures. Wolves (away) was the latter, Blackpool (home) is the former.

  • g300

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    i think we will have no problems against blackpool we are starting to look like a decent side, happiest i have been in a long time up the toon

  • Edd Case

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    I completely agree Captian.

    1 point at Wolves is a point gained, not 3 lost or 2 dropped.
    Whereas, should we not beat Blackpool at home, that would be points dropped.

  • short trousers

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    batty will you take a lie detctor test

  • short trousers

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    moondust/batty r the same one

  • short trousers

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    toonsy is being used on .org

  • Shot Bru

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    The only advantage of playing in the championship last season is that we have better insight on teams like Blackpool than the likes of the rest of the teams around us fighting it out in the bottom half of the table. Blackpool will continue to regularly take points off our competitors in our mini league within the premiership.

  • noir9

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Short trousers – don’t let it bother you mate, people who use multipal user names to post are just pathetic & deserve our pity. I can’t begin to imagine how sad & lonely their lives must be that they have to pretend to be someone else, or perhaps they just lack the courage to post their veiws.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9


    Three types of fixture as I see it:

    1) ‘must not lose’ means in gaining an away draw we prevent a team we are openly competing for league position against (Wolves, Fulham, Everton, Stoke etc.) pulling away from us. A ‘must not lose’ would also include home games against the top 6 teams – with a win being a definite bonus!

    2) ‘must win’ will generally be a home game against teams we want / expect to finish higher than. I have 11 of these home games on my target list (including Blackpool). It will also include three or four selected away fixtures that we should be looking for all 3 points.

    3) ‘give it a go’ are the away fixtures against top 6 teams that we don’t expect to get anything so if we pinch a couple of draws or even a win it will be a real bonus for us. For example, I think we might scalp Spurs again at White Hart Lane!

  • short trousers

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #10

    soory for ganin on lads im just a bit upset at the minute,wor lass has left me for her m8 after i faled the lie dectector test on jeremy kyle for hitting her i told jeremy i didnt but i did just once when she was calling me danny devito

    i dont drink anymore in the mornings now aswell, and she kept the £1000 we got of jeremy for ganin on the show it was £500 each she said like

  • Shot Bru

    Aug 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Cptain Beefheart sensible positive thinking tactics…The ‘give it a go’ games you describe could yield results if we are lucky enough with the fixture list and we play these teams directly after champions league games…especially Tottenham Hotspur!

  • Shot Bru

    Aug 30, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Bloody Gold Digger hey short trousers ….she could’ve at least left you some cash to buy yourself some long pants!

  • yemozone

    Aug 30, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    It’s good to have him at the club and i’m so looking forward to his nufc performance.

  • lewman

    Aug 30, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #14

    wow short trousers, did you think you could beat the test, maybe you should get her back on the show and keep her money this time.

  • BeeGuy

    Aug 30, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #15

    I don’t know what language skills HBA or Tiote have, but I hope NUFC management will provide instructors to either help them with their English or teach them Geordie!

  • stk85

    Aug 30, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #16

    whilst ben arfa is a good player who i’m sure will improve us, you know, i’m just not that keen on someone, like mascherano, who gets shedloads for kicking a piece of plastic and has minimal respect for his former employer, Marseille.
    I’d get sacked if i stayed away from work, not better paid work

  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 30, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #17

    that would be class teaching then geordie, can anyone remember habib beye and jonas trying to talk geordie, we should get beye back actually

  • ToonLegend

    Aug 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #18

    i thonk we’ll beat Blackpool just think we’ll have to watch harewood he’s started well and think he will be up for game against us with point to prove maybe???

  • moonraker

    Aug 30, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Harewood will probably knock one in off his knee or shin but we should have enough to overpower them at home.

    That Charlie adam is a class act though! Anyone know how old he is?


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