Chris Hughton believes that Hatem Ben Arfa can become another Newcastle idol, but that there’s still a long way to go for the young Frenchman.
Ben Arfa scores Saturday – notice Nolan wants a second
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was very pleased with the performance of both the Newcastle team and Ben Arfa on Saturday as he talked about the youngster, who is lighting up Tyneside with his brilliance:
“He has that quality, that something that’s a little bit different that could make the Newcastle fans really take to him,” “It was a very encouraging performance from a player who gives us new options on the left.”
“It was a great debut, but the key is whether he can produce that sort of thing on a consistent basis, If he can, then I’m sure we’ll be looking at making his move permanent. There’s a long way to go before that though!”
That’s a way in which Chris Hughton will keep the lad’s feet on the ground, and it’s true that to be a great player Ben Arfa needs to produce these displays week in and week out – and Chris will keep drumming that into the lad – for his own good.
But he’s already been taken to their hearts by the Newcastle fans, and we have to hope two things happen, that Ben Arfa can continue this type of top form, and that Newcastle sign him on a permanent basis, after just 25 appearances, or even earlier.
If those two things happen we have to believe that Newcastle can end the season in mid-table, and that would be a terrific finish for the Magpies.