Ben Arfa And Tiote Will Need Time To Settle On Tyneside

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has talked today how the staff at Newcastle have a job to do to ensure our new players, especially the new ones to this country, Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote,  get settled in as quickly as possible on Tyneside.

Cheick Tiote – hasn’t been seen in Newcastle

Chrsi talked about those challenges today:

“It is down to the individual how long it takes them to settle because everyone is different, but it is also up to us, the staff and players, to do everything we can to get them settled as quickly as possible.”

“It can be difficult for some players coming in to a different sort of working environment in a different country and some do struggle. At the moment, we don’t know how long it is going to take for Tiote and Ben Arfa to adapt to English football.”

“Some players pretty much get it straight away, but more often than not there is a settling-in period. It could be months until we see the best of them, it might only be a few weeks.”

“But the sooner we can get them settled and up to speed, the better for us as a football club because they are two very good players.”

Cheick Tiote has hardly been seen on Tyneside, since he waited for his work permit and then went off to represent his country, the Ivory Coast, during the International break.

Cheick is unlikely to be involved against Blackpool next weekend, although as we found out yesterday Hatem Ben Arfa has been training all week with his new team mates, and seems to be enjoying things on Tyneside.

We have to believe our senior players like Kevin Nolan and Alan Smith have already talked to the player and been out with him,  to ensure he gets fully enmeshed into the team spirit that is so great at the Newcastle club under Chris Hughton.

Hughton added:

“They have got to get used to the style of football we play and the way we do things as a club. From what I’ve seen they are both willing to learn and that makes it a lot easier for everyone.”

“We’ve got to make them feel part of the group, that is down to us. If they feel happy and settled, they will find it easier to pick up the way we play football.”

“It’s not an easy thing for anyone to do and you don’t have this problem when you sign English players, and sometimes you can take that for granted, but we feel they are going to have a positive impact on the squad.”

“We were looking at both of them for a very long time and I hope we can get them up and running as soon as possible, because they are definitely going to add something.”

Those are good words from Chris Hughton and give some insight into just why his players seems to admire him so much, and certainly have great respect for him.

Chris continues to make the move from top coach to manager, and he so far has done very well this season, but it’s only 3 games into the season of course.

But there’s certainly a feel-good atmosphere about his Newcastle team at the moment.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • SGToona

    Sep 4, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    been reading my earlier post hoot? … reiterating what i mentioned earlier … haha …

    lets give them time to settle as we did for colo and jose … and with time, I am sure they will perform …

    hoot hoot! black and white army!

  • CT

    Sep 4, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Yup, we supporters also have a duty of care to give them time to settle, especially Ben A as he seems to be temperamental. If he feels loved we`ll see his best! Don`t want any dummy spats!

  • Doha Mag

    Sep 4, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #3

    For the game against Blackpool I expec t CH to start with the same team that started so far this season.

    Ben Arfa will likely come on in the second half, possibly Sol Campbell also depending on how the result is going……

    We could see Tiote for the first time the following weekend against Everton I think!

    Competition for places appears excellent and Saylor will struggle to get back in the team when he overcomes his shoulder injury.

  • rkw

    Sep 4, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #4

    @doha mag
    I agree, can’t really expect him to want to change a team that’s clicking so well.

    We’ll see HBA one way or another next weekeend. He’s very fit from what I hear and every fan wants to see him.

  • chuck

    Sep 4, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Looking forward to watching this duo in action, just what was needed at this club, a flair player who can open defenses and an engine room who can play in front of the back four.
    With adequate back up in players like Joey and Smith, or it`s probably horses for courses with players being platooned for particular games.
    At leas CH has alternative`s with the recent signings but believe the new guys will be introduced slowly .
    Building an interesting side, can`t expect more than a respectable mid league finish this sesaon though, gonna take a couple of years IMO before the side can be expected to compete for a top six spot.

  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 4, 2010 at 1:35 PM

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    Sep 4, 2010 at 1:37 PM

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  • leedodd

    Sep 4, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #8

    The Blackpool Game is Going To be Wicked !!!! Lambs to The Slaughter Like Last Season When We Battered Them !!!!!

  • baro

    Sep 4, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #9

    So is Harper playing left back LOL!

  • baro

    Sep 4, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Or is that Right Back i’m sorry?

  • 44881

    Sep 5, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11

    next game juz no change
    play sol, tiote n ben arfa in the 2nd half

    y we hve to change the squard if they play well in the previous game

  • 44881

    Sep 5, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #12

    n very doubtful to put jonas in the middle, thats no use i personally think


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