Chris Hughton seems convinced that Newcastle have enough quality in their side this season, even without Hatem Ben Arfa, to be able to avoid relegation.
Chris Hughton – confident he has enough creativity in side
Chris seemed confident this morning, as he talked about the creative players he has in his squad apart from the 23 year-old Frenchman:
“Yes, I think we can cope with Hatem being injured. It wasn’t a question of the creativity we were lacking, he just happens to be a different player who offered us something different,”
“But we have others who can provide that. Jonas Gutierrez is a particular type, Peter Lovenrkands is a particular type too. We still have a lot of quality in Shola Ameobi, Andy Carroll, even Leon Best who we haven’t seen this season.”
“We also have Nile Ranger. Hatem Ben Arfa is a different player but just because we’ve lost him doesn’t mean we don’t have enough quality players.”
But none of the players mentioned by Chris of course comes anywhere near to the skill Ben Arfa possesses, and his breathtaking goal against Everton will be the goal of the season at Newcastle – it if isn’t we’d love to see the one that is.
Saturday’s game against Wigan is surely a game Newcastle can win, and all 3 points in that game will go a long way to settling down Newcastle fans after two successive defeats, one at home against Stoke and one away at Manchester City, when Ben Arfa was carried off so early in that game.
We just have to start beating sides who are expected to be fighting relegation with us, and if cannot beat those sides at St. James’ Park then red flags will start being waved at the club.