Kevin Nolan, the Newcastle captain has come out today and said some sensible words about the new Newcastle player, French International Hatem Ben Arfa, who is currently on loan from French Champions, Marseilles.
Ben Arfa – will become a big big player for Newcastle United
And Kevin is well aware of the dangers of expecting too much too soon from any player, especially when he is still so young.
The Paris-born player seems to love it at Newcastle and it seems that once he’s made 25 appearances for the Newcastle club he will become a Magpie player.
Kevin Nolan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“The lad’s going to be a big, big player for this club this year, and we’ve just got to make sure we do it the right way with him, Cheik Tiote and Sol Campbell.
“We’ve got to get them so when they come in they play every game, and are up to speed.” “It’s a tough league to come into when you’ve played in France all your life.”
“The lad’s got some ability – I was talking to Nicolas Anelka about him.” “He said he’s some talent, but he’s got to have time to settle, and we can’t expect too much, too soon.”
And of course it’s hardly suprising the French International himself wants to start tomorrow, because he’ll be keen to do his very best at Newcastle, and show his best form as quickly as possible.
But Kevin and the senior players have the experience to know that the lad will need a little time to settle in on Tyneside, whatever he says.
Although we have to say he already looked a cracking player last Saturday afternoon, in those last 18 minutes. And we understand Ben Arfa has been in terrific form at the Benton training grounds, and his talent and class is there for all to see.