Ben Arfa Will A Become Massive Player For Newcastle

Steven Taylor revealed today that Hatem Ben Arfa made an emotional and surprise return to the Newcastle club last weekend, and he thinks the Frenchman will become a massive player for Newcastle United.

Ben Arfa – a big miss this season for Newcastle

It seems that Ben Arfa was at the game against Bolton last Saturday afternoon, and went in to see the lads in the dressing room after the game, which of course ended ina 1-1 draw.

But that seemed to be a big boost for the Newcastle squad, as Steven Taylor said today:

“Hatem came in after the game to see the lads, and it’s great to have a new face there.”

“What a signing that is, and it will be good to see him back playing.”

“He’s going to be a massive player for this club.”

It seems that Hatem himself still has a target of playing in the home game against Wolves on Saturday, April 2nd, but it seems that manager Alan Pardew has tried to stop the Frenchman from returning too early.

Both Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa should take their times in returning – as there’ll be plenty of games for them to play next season at Newcastle, but of course we understand they are keen to get back on the playing filed.

Ben Arfa has appeared only 4 times for Newcastle with one fantastic goal against Everton away, before he broke his lower left leg in two places at Eastlands back on Sunday, October 3rd.

And Dan Gosling has appeared just once before having to have a second remedial operation on his knee, to remove some scar tissue that had built up, and hopefully that will do the trick for Dan.

They will be like two new players for Newcastle come next season, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • stevep

    Mar 4, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Quick Ed – new article please, Irelands come out and slagged the press off (presume that means you as well) for misquoting him

  • Gilesy

    Mar 4, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #2

    As much as I’d love to see Benny banging them in for us as soon as possible, I think not showcasing his talents just before the transfer window opens could be a blessing in disguise. You never know what sort of unrefusable offers might come in for him. If he doesn’t play until the start of next season then we know we have him at least until Jan 2012!!

  • ToonAndy

    Mar 4, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #3

    So benny hasn’t returned to training yet? Does anybody know when he is now due to return to training?

  • super bartooon

    Mar 4, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Gilesy spoot on mate, I don’t want to seem negative but I for one reckon Newcastle is a stepping stone for Benny,
    I do sincerly hope that’s not the case but not showing what he got till next season means we have him atleast for another season.
    which can only be good for us, because I’ve watched him a few times when he was at Lyon and he unplayable.
    A host of clubs were after him, Wenger was the closest to sign him but opted for Samir Nasri after being notified of his apparent lack of discipline but he is now here can’t wait to see him pull on the black and white.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 4, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #5

    At a time when we’re all worried about every player at SJP wanting to leave for greener pastures, it’s refreshing to see a lad that believes he owes the club a lot and genuinely wants to play for us.

    Despite the constant drama at Newcastle, not getting to see the lad showcase his phenomenal talent for us is definitely my biggest regret of the season.

  • skutball1892

    Mar 4, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Have to disagree about him using Newcastle as a “stepping stone”, other big clubs have been rumoured to be after him before he joined (think Arsenal was one of them). But I do see where you’re coming from, Bassong comes to mind.

    Regardless, can’t wait to see him playing again but I don’t want to see him rushed back.

  • chuck

    Mar 4, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #7

    So whats new ? look there are certain clubs considered the top elite, we all know who they are, then there`s the London clubs, preferred by by imports and certain suvern players.
    No different from playing in Rome or Milan, Barcelona or Madrid.
    Unfortunately, niether the Quayside or Big Market are considered as attractions that would bring anyone to the club and the cold and issolated North East is not exactly everyones choice either.
    So how do we keep players @ the club ?
    Dosh !
    Or eventually they will leave for greener pastures, simply a fact !

  • lewman

    Mar 4, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #8

    marseille are a club who have more recognition than us on a european stage as they are often in the cl and normally get past the group stages so its hardly like he is an unheard of player trying to get some recognition from the big clubs.

  • chuck

    Mar 4, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Soh ! have i got it right Ben Arfa, whom few have actually watched will become a massive player for us, but that little pr**k Ireland should worry about getting a contract, cause he`s gotta big mouth.
    Zat right ?
    Well having access to the french league games over the last few years, i have watched him play a few times and yes a very entertaining and decent player.
    However having also watched Ireland over the years and remember he`s still a young player, who broke into the Citeh side as a teenager.
    I have to say they are two excellent young players, that will add a bit of flair and excitement to the side, plus hopefully a few goals to go with it.
    Apparently Ed. dislikes Ireland for some reason and therefore, could`nt find a reason to praise him, though Ben Arfa comes with as much if not more personal baggage, but is singled out to become , what is it massive ?
    Whats up with that Ed. ?

  • Hatems_Arfa_Messi

    Mar 4, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Hatem Ben Arfa runs down the wing for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can’t wait for him to be back but like Pardew is indirectly stating, we should wait until he is 100%. Plus i would be gutted if he is thrown in and gets injured again.

  • NOVA2967

    Mar 5, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #11

    What a midfield, Elia and Arfa on the wings would scare ManU put Ireland in there… MAgic




    Quoted at 12 million and at odds with his current team

  • Munich Mag

    Mar 5, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Any good French players about and Wenger is in there sniffing…


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