Not surprisingly, Ben Arfa is wanting to make his first start for Newcastle at Goodison Park tomorrow afternoon.
Ben Arfa – I want to start tomorrow
The 23 year-old French International showed some class when he came on against Blackpool after 72 minutes, and at the very least we have to hope he will get more playing time in the game tomorrow.
However, the statement made by Chris Hughton today would suggest he may stay with the same starting eleven he used last Saturday but Ben Arfa could come in and replace either winger – Gutierrez or Routledge, in a straight swap.
Ben Arfa can also play in the middle of the park or up front as a striker, so he could be played by Hughton in many different positions.
No doubt, Hughton will be pleased there is now lots of competition for places at the Newcastle club, and that’s good because it usually brings out the best in players.
Just look at the way Coloccini and Williamson have been playing in central defense, as Sol Campbell has been getting himself fit to play.
But the young French lad is making it clear he wants to start tomorrow – to show the Newcastle supporters just what he can do.
Ben Arfa told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I am keen to start my first game in club colors.” “It is no longer the time for more talking.” “I want to show what I can do on the pitch for the supporters.”
“They gave me such a great welcome last weekend against Blackpool and I want to prove my worth.”
“It was terrible to lose the game the way we did, but now we have the chance to redeem ourselves against Everton.”
Ben Arfa may not start but he’ll at some point get his second appearance for the Newcastle club, and 23 more of them and it looks like he will become a Newcastle player, permanently.
If he doesn’t get the start tomorrow, we have to believe he will be starting at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night against Chelsea in the Carling Cup.
Howay The Lads!!