Good News – Barton And Ben Arfa Key Players For Pardew

Not to over react too much on the positive side, but it’s good news to hear that new Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes Joey Barton and Hatem Ben Arfa are key players in Newcastle’s future.

Hatem Ben Arfa – Alan will try to resolve his situation with Llambias

It was never clear what the departure of Chris Hughton would mean to the pending potential transfer of Ben Arfa to Newcastle United, since it was apparent the 23 year-old was a huge admirer of Chris.

And it was the same with Joey Barton, who has often come out and  said Chris Hughton was a top class manager and Joey though he was hugely under-rated.

With Chris now gone, it was an open question as to what the futures of these two players would be on Tyneside, especially with West Ham having bid already for Barton, and a number of other clubs also being interested.

French International Ben Arfa is working hard to get back to fitness from a broken leg he picked up against Manchester City in early October, but the good news recently was that he could be back as early as late next month, which was good to hear.

Alan Pardew was asked, by the local Evening Chronicle, if he wanted Barton to stay at Newcastle:

“Yes. I think he has been a good player for Newcastle this season from my observations.” “I’ve watched a few DVDs now.”

“I think he is important – this season in particular – and he’s very much part of my plans.” “When he’s fit and starting, it’s a big bonus.”

It’s good to know that Alan has been able to watch a few videos of the previous games this season, so he can quickly get up to date on the players he has inherited.

Alan has admitted he is already a fan of  Hatem Ben Arfa, and the boy is adored on Tyneside for his silky skills and the fact he seems to love the Newcastle club, and it seems that Newcastle fans would be delighted if the club can sign this boy full time.

This is what Alan said about the Frenchman:

“He’s in my thinking – strongly.” “I am going to speak to Derek (Llambias) about that and see if we can resolve it some way.”

“I’ve had a brief meeting about potential targets and positions with Graham Carr.” “I still need to assess the group here. It would be unfair not to.”

“But the window is an opportunity and you have to keep an eye on it.” “Hopefully it will be good news.”

Hopefully, resolve it in some way is French for – sign the lad up. 😀

Graham Carr has a hugely important and difficult role job to play for the club, as the Chief Scout he must pick up some good players, who can be acquired cheaply, or on free transfers.

And Pardew has already said that’s an important area for the club in the future, as hopefully Newcastle can push on from where Chris left off.

Alan seems to have said all the right things so far, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating of course, and let’s hope the good Newcastle turn up this afternoon against an improving Liverpool side.

It will be a test of the players’ characters as much as anything in this afternoon’s game, and if we can get anything at all out of  it, that would be positive, given the traumatic week that has just passed.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • tjshawsey

    Dec 11, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Well at least we have some positives to think of…

  • Solaidback

    Dec 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #2

    I wonder what he really thinks of Strola & whether he’ll get rid of him in Jan?? God I hope so, I mean I did hold my hands up & apologised when Shola was doing the business for us but yet again, he hasn’t failed in letting us & Hoots down, so I think after 15years at the club, 10 of which have been in the 1st team, he should leave once & for all!!!!

    As for Barton & HBA, these are both players that will do a good job for us as long as they’re not crapped upon!!!

  • supermacnumber9

    Dec 11, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #3

    I stood (yes stood) on the gallowgate after Jack Charlton left, his teams had some good players but played crap but we were depressed and feared the worst cos Wullie McFaul was put in charge against guess who? the mighty Liverpool (and they were mighty then)! I expected a thrashing – but we were brilliant – we thrashed them 3-0 and played fluent football to make you proud! We can do it again – if not today then soon because players come and go, heroes come and go, plonkers come can go, managers come and go, directors come and go – but we remain – because we (not them) are the the NU the NUFC!
    This is my club – not theirs.

  • NUFCmagpie

    Dec 11, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4

    If somehow Ben Arfa was not signed I would be furious. Better sign him up…and definitely keep Barton, a very important player.

  • sweendog

    Dec 11, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #5

    supermacnumber9 .. agreed .. Mon the Magpies … a win today and it’ll definately brighten the place up .. do it for Hughton on his b’day lads ..
    Also some definate positives from Pardew .. at the end of the day he wants the team to be successful so back him .. doesn’t mean we’ve to back ashley and co though..

  • sweendog

    Dec 11, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #6

    also note liverpool have been poor away from home so we need to attack them .. hope PArdew isn’t spoofing about attacking formations..

  • balubas1

    Dec 11, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Well. When it comes to important players NOT leaving, and maybe some quality coming in, I have good hopes now. This is why:

    When Hughton got sacked, we all expected MA to get in a big-name manager to at least calm some of the fans and the players..
    When Pardew got appointed it just caused more fuel on the fire as he hasn’t got any more experience than Hughton in perticular…
    So I’m hoping MA chooses to pick up some + points on getting our important players to stay, and opening his pockets a bit. He might as well start with Ben Arfa.

  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 11, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Tight game…i take 4-1 for Toon Attack! Attack!

  • balubas1

    Dec 11, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #9


    YES! We must attack Pool and press them up high. They play best when they get to pass the ball around for a while.

    But it depends a bit, because if for instance Babel is playing they will get some counter attack opportunities.. We will see!!

  • Brutooon

    Dec 11, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #10

    I hope alan pardew is the manager who got the gut to get rid of ameobi and alan smit

    Signed ben arfa permanent

  • shearer4pm

    Dec 11, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #11

    mabye just mabye. having pardew might be good in respect that he knows lambias, they might be on the same wave length in getting players in and AP might be able to get his point across more easily and convince DL to get MA to splash some cash to show he’s still committed. might make a tiny dent on the barn door of what he’s done wrong.

    simpson taylor campbell enrique
    routledge nolan tiote jonas
    carroll ameobi

  • sweendog

    Dec 11, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Brutooon .. agreed about smith but is he leaving in the summer no matter what .. as for Ameobi .. not a bad squad player I reckon .. he has scored some crucial goals .. who would you rather have Ameobi or best ..
    Hope for a good result today to lift the doom and gloom ..

  • sweendog

    Dec 11, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #13

    shearer4pm .. wheres barton .. is he injured?? I’d go
    simpson taylor campbell enrique
    Barton Nolan tiote jonas
    carroll Ameobi ..

    Lets batter them .. might be a key game to have Barton, Nolan and Carrol fired up …

  • Brutooon

    Dec 11, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Sweendig: yupz u got a point there mate. Ameobi during the WBA game is the old Ameobi hehe

  • partizanovec

    Dec 11, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #15

    He should have mentioned the beast Tiotè too.
    Will surely praise him after 2-3 games, as he is very much Essien type player, the type of player AP wants, as was very obvious when he gave that “rape” comment for him.

  • darthkir

    Dec 11, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #17

    when i read that pardew said he only aware of the club being interested in him in monday, i knew that this guy is insincere and cant be trusted…

  • balubas1

    Dec 11, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #18

    according to the presented lineup so far it looks like routledge is out and barton in…. I would rather take out ameobi and play 5 in midfield.



  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 12, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Maybe, just maybe Pardew isn’t as bad as we all thought the lads must have confidence in them now after that result against Liverpool. Anyone know when Ben Arfa is back, apparently he’s back in January and Gosling in two weeks time.


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