If Ben Arfa Can Keep Up This Form – We’ll Sign Him Permanently


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.

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12 comments so far

  • rkw

    Sep 20, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Firsts.

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  • rkw

    Sep 20, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    I seriously hope that our signing option is exclusive and can be conducted without issue. If HBA stays fit, then come January, I expect every able club in the league to be taking a shot at bringing him in. I hope he really did want to be here, and I hope he really does want to stay here. For now, I’ll just keep enjoying that, what was it Ed?, mercurial skill he’s been playing with.

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  • balubas1

    Sep 20, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    I perticulary liked the way HBA moved inside, working almost as a clean CAM at times. That will move the oppositions RB further in, giving Enrique valuable space;)

    Of course and well deserved HBA, Tiote & Barton gets the headlines, but don’t forget that Nolan was immense in that game. I think he deserves some praise our captain:)

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  • Ericles

    Sep 20, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Sign him eventually of course. He has great potential and great perceptive skill. At the same time he cannot expect, as a loan player, to play every 90 minutes every game. He must compete as well as get used to the cloggers of the competition who will try and flatten the kid. Tiotte (who will I assume be soon referred to as “Totty”) played well too. I managed to watch the game on a channel my son found – the French Canal+Sport. They loved him too – of course! This is a deal the fat man needs to be setting in motion now and not when his loan is nearly over. Get him on board before the moneybag vampires come sniffing around St James’s.

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  • DONALDO

    Sep 20, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Give OM there 5mil now, the kids a touch of class.

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  • Reshad

    Sep 20, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Give OM their 5 mil and whoever found Totty, HBA and Williamson a nice little bonus.

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  • Davies

    Sep 20, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    He’s with us for the whole season on loan and if he makes 25 appearances we HAVE TO buy him. Other teams won’t get the option. If he’s consistent, he’ll make those 25 appearances before the loan finishes.

    Please stop panicking.

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  • Solaidback

    Sep 20, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Guys you’re forgetting one thing, we don’t have to worry about signing him because the clause in his contract stipulates that if he plays 25 games, he automatically becomes a Toon player with €5.5m going to L’OM in exchange…. so all CH has to do is play the lad 25 time & he’s ours 🙂

    It won’t matter if Chelski, Manc Ali Citey, Manc Usa, Arsenil or anyone else comes calling, eh’ll be our players & if we wanted to, not that weshould, but if we wanted too, we could ask for £20m easierly… 🙂

    Awesome debut goal btw, the best by far this weekend,, 🙂

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  • WesJameson

    Sep 20, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Please do 🙂

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  • tynesidetommo

    Sep 20, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Balubasil is spot on. Nolan was terrific for us on Saturday. I was especially pleased with his back tracking and the amount of running he did. He’s often accused of having no pace. Well he certainly silenced his critics on Saturday. I wouldn’t fancy my chances against him in a 100 yard dash.. Stick with Kev.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 20, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Sky Sports Open Day…

    Anyone* who dont pay for Sky Sports can watch it free on Sunday.

    NUFC vs Stoke 16:00 – 18:30

    *see link (below)

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,15964_6378051,00.html

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 20, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Notice from that pic that everyone except the keeper is with him celebrating, that shows the togetherness.

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