Chris Hughton has talked about a player who has been setting Newcastle alight these last few weeks, but he didn’t appear on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge in that brilliant Newcastle win – Hatem Ben Arfa.
Hatem Ben Arfa – will start on Sunday
We know from his own comments that Ben Arfa was anxious to play at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening, but Chris held him back and will unleash the young football talent against Stoke City on Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
This is what Chris said about our French International whiz kid today:
“He’s a talented player, and I very much hope he’ll thrive at St James’ Park.” “There’s no doubt he’s got ability on the ball.” “The most important thing is what he is able to bring to the team.”
“The Premier League’s a hard league – it’s very, very tough – but I think he’ll be a real asset.” “There’ll be ample opportunities for him to show that.”
There have been a few articles out there in the gossip press, about how bad the youngster has been so far in his career, and how he will upset things on Tyneside. And of course most of the gossip papers would just love it – if indeed Ben Arfa acts himself at Newcastle – because it will help to sell their papers. It’s that simple and they often write about what they hope will happen.
But hey, we don’t believe he will misbehave, and if any manager can set the lad on the right path, and keep him on the straight and narrow, and concentrating only on his football – it’s a certain Chris Hughton.
After playing the game at the highest levels himself, and having 15 years of coaching experience under his belt, Chris knows all too well about what the players need, and want to aspire to.
Chris seems to be able to handle all types of personalities and he seems able to concentrate their talents on how it can best help the team.
We have every confidence that Ben Arfa will behave himself on Tyneside, and become a big success, so he can become a long term and potentially great addition to the Newcastle United squad.
We’re sure he wants to do that himself, and he could well become one of Newcastle’s best ever signings.
We hope he does .