Newcastle looked much more threatening last Saturday after Lovenkrands and particularly Ben Arfa, were introduced into the game in the second half, and both were goal threats.
Ben Arfa - impressive on Saturday in his first appearance for Magpies
Ben Arfa looked what he is – a classy player who immediately got involved in the game, made runs to the bye line down both wings, and put in some good crosses into the penalty area.
We wonder what would have happened if the French lad has been brought on at the start of the second half? Of course that’s all second guessing and Hughton brought on 3 strikers in Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands and Ameobi for 3 midfield players, to try to get that all important first goal – but it didn’t come, and we lost our unbeaten home record.
Ben Arfa’s creativity and energetic play could be key for Newcastle in future games, and we’ll see how brave Chris Hughton is with his team selection against Everton on Saturday.
It also looks like the 23 year-old can play on the left wing or the right wing and as a second striker too, so we have to think Ben Arfa could start in place of either Jonas Gutierrez or Wayne Routledge on Saturday.
Up until now Chris has started the same 11 in every league game, but that will change on Saturday, but just how much he’ll change the side, we’ll have to wait and see.
We have to think that Cheick Tiote will b pressing Alan Smith for the starting defensive midfield position too, and with a full week’s practice at Benton this week, he could be ready to make his Newcastle debut this Saturday.
We’d love to see Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote get starts for Newcastle at Goodison Park.
What what be your team for the crucial league game this Saturday?