There has been talk in the papers this week, about Ben Arfa’s history at previous clubs, Lyon and Marseilles, but Newcastle manager Chris Hughton doesn’t think there’ll be any problems with the brilliant Frenchman.
Ben Arfa – what a goal!!
Chris talked about his highly rated youngster, who is on a season long loan deal at the Newcastle United club:
“Of course I am aware of the things that have been said about him, but this is a wonderful opportunity for the lad.” “Right through this, he showed a great desire to come here. You have got to make sure you put them into an environment that is as healthy as possible and competitive as possible.”
“You can only deal with situations as they arise. I am very, very aware of that, but he is a lad who has been very popular since the first couple of days he came in.” “Certainly, I wouldn’t anticipate any problems.”
Ben Arfa made his debut as a substitute in the terrible 2-0 home defeat against Blackpool just two weeks ago, but the youngster showed his true worth to Newcastle with a simply magnificent winning goal against Everton last Saturday.
That goal has been shown time and time again on TV – and what a terrific strike that was.
And from what we have heard from the Newcastle players about Ben Arfa in training, the Newcastle fans have seen nothing yet.
Apparently Ben Arfa has been simply outstanding in training, and indeed we were told he hits shots like the one at Everton, three and four times in training every day – show off! 😀
“As with all gifted players, it’s how you use them in the team and the work ethic they have and what they can produce on the football pitch.” “But the one thing that doesn’t change – the most important thing is always going to be the team.”
“Whether it be a gifted Ben Arfa or a player who perhaps plays in a little bit of a different role, it doesn’t make any difference, what they have got to do is work hard for the football team.” “We have been absolutely delighted with him so far.”
That’s a great philosophy stated there by the Newcastle manager, and he’s so right.
Players who get little or no publicity, and who seem not as skillful as some of the other players in the side, are just as important to the team – which is all important.
One player that quickly comes to mind there is Nobby Stiles, who was the defensive midfield player in the England side that won the World Cup back in 1966 – and the old time readers of this blog will know exactly what we mean.
But the team is the most important thing, and Chris is so right to stress that, and as the saying goes – there’s no I in team.