Most Newcastle fans are pleased with what they saw from Ben Arfa in the 18 minutes run-out he got on Saturday afternoon.
Ben Arfa – devastated at the end of the game on Saturday
We also noticed the lad looked devastated at the end of the game, when Newcastle’s great unbeaten home run came to an end, and his comments of yesterday verified that he was upset that Newcastle had lost the game, on his debut.
But Newcastle fans saw enough of the skills this lad possesses to know from instinct, that the Frenchman can become a huge favorite on Tyneside.
Yes, it’s early days yet we know, and in a way we are hoping he’ll become a huge favorite on Tyneside.
We also like the way the 23 year-old seems to be loving it at the Tyneside club, and already he seems to have forged a good relationship with the fans, and his heart is certainly in the right place.
Chris Hughton talked about Ben Arfa today:
“There’s no doubt he has ability – we knew that before he came and I’m quite sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of him.”
“The most important thing was that we had a squad good enough to cope with the rigours of this division over the length of this season.” “That’s the reason why we brought lads like him in.”
“He’s feeling his way in.” “The language can be a little bit of a problem, and getting used to the tempo of the Premier League.” “These are all factors.”
Bobby Moncur makes an excellent point today in his Evening Chronicle interview, when he says it was on the wings that Newcastle didn’t deliver the goods on Saturday.
Both Jonas and Routledge were not keeping it wide enough, and both wandered infield far too much. And Newcastle tried to go through the middle far too often, and that made it much easier for the Blackpool defense to cope.
It was only when Ben Arfa came on after 72 minutes, that he made runs to the byline and crossed the ball – a move which always leaves defenders exposed.
That’s only one reason why we want to see Ben Arfa start the game at Everton – on the left wing or right wing – it doesn’t seem to matter.