Newcastle To Play Ben Arfa In Central Attacking Role

Hatem Ben Arfa is due to return to Newcastle on Monday, and that good news hopefully will be on top of a win against Wolves today.

Ben Arfa – back to Newcastle training on Monday

Alan Pardew has spoken to the French Daily, L’Equipe today, and has talked about how he will be very patient with Ben Arfa this season, but if the French International is able to play in a few games, then that would be a b0nus.

But the main thing that Alan has said today, is that he will use Ben Arfa as a withdrawn striker for Newcastle next season, and in the middle of the park.

This is what Pardew told L’Equipe:

“After such an injury you have to be patient. We don’t want to burn him out,”

“The objective is to help Hatem to feel back at ease both in his body and mind. His rehabilitation has gone well, our doctors have been in constant contact with Clairefontaine’s medical team.”

“I have had several talks with Hatem. He has spent a lot of time in France during the last few months, so it is essential for him to adapt again to daily life in a group and get focused on the Magpies.

“We rely on him, above all, for next season, but we won’t rule out anything.” “If he can play one, two or three matches before the end of May, it would be fine both for us and him.”

“Next season? He will play a central role in our attacking line. I want to use him as a play-maker, a number 10, just behind one forward.” “I am convinced he is able to score between 10 and 15 goals a season.”

“We will think about how to protect him during matches.” “Our expectations are big but once again we will go slowly. The end to this season will allow us to see if he has not lost his acceleration quality.”

It seems the position that Pardew sees Ben Arfa in,  is the role that captain Kevin Nolan has played for the last two seasons,  and Kevin managed to get 27 goals in that time too.

But it’s right that you play one of your most skillful players where he can hurt the opposition the most, and that’s exactly what Chris Hughton said about the 24 year old too.

Chris also wanted to play Ben Arfa in a position where he could get goals, and we’ve already seen the sublime skills and unbelievable shooting power of this very gifted young player.

Ben Arfa will also get lots of games for Newcatsle,  because he can play anywhere across the midfield, on either wing, and also as out and out striker up front.

Ben Arfa has only appeared 4 times for Newcastle so far with one sublime goals at Everton,  but most Newcastle fans are already convinced this lad can become a Newcastle great in the future, and of course he just seems to love things at Newcastle.

It’s a match made in heaven, and something to look forward to next season, and yes, that’s a but of an understatement.

But first things first, and it would be great to welcome the Frenchman back on Tyneside, with a good win this afternoon against Wolves.

Then next week looks like being a good week for Newcastle fans –  for a change – but we hope it will be a very good week for Ben Arfa too.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • zeetoon

    Apr 2, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1


  • zeetoon

    Apr 2, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    yayy i think ben arfa’s gonna have squad number 10 next season! defo getting his name on the back of my newcastle strip for next season

  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #3

    not keen on rushing the lad back – certainly not in a relegation scrap – perhaps in the last couple of “celebration” games along side ranger and 1 or 2 other youngsters

  • Stuart

    Apr 2, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Cant wait to see this lad play again, whether its this season or next, star quality player!

    I give it around 4 or 5 more posts before some doom monger starts going on saying he’ll be sold for 50p in the summer just because MA wants to piss us off haha.

  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 2, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #5

    HWTL 2-0

  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 2, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Stuart – you know what, next season there won’t be any doom mongers – they will all die in the summer while we are waiting for a great season still in the PL and drooling over our new signings!

  • Stuart

    Apr 2, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #7

    In an ideal world maybe supermac, I reckon we’ll have a good summer, get some quality players and hold onto the ones we have.

    And there’ll still be people whinging, some fans are only happy when they’re miserable lol.

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 2, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Gona be unbelivable when this.lad.its back

    I agree with.pardew best position is defintly just behind the striker

  • Jammydodger

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    I agree that he should be played in a more prominent role, but we shouldnt drop nolan who is getting 10 + goals a season, need to find a system to accommodate them both. Either way cannot wait to see benny make a mockery of defenders before punching a hole through the back of the net!

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Crap,i don`t think they are showing the game live in Norway today.
    Hope there is some good links today so
    2-1 to the geordies 🙂

  • Pwnanza

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Will be interesting to see us play next season, just need a striker that can finish and we should be sorted for goals next season, but we also need goals from elsewhere because we will be having trouble creating anything without Benny on form, or without Benny at all.

    Predicting a 2-1 loss today lads, i know, what a miserable bugger and what a shambles for not supporting the team, but we simply have not been able to score consistently, but hopefully i get proved wrong until the end of the season.

    I also think Barton will get sent off for breaking Henry’s legs if he tries anything like he did last time we met.

    And about my score prediction lads, i would rather be wrong about us losing, than wrong about us winning.

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #12

    He will be great behind a striker but he is a killer on either wing too.
    He totally messes with midfielders and cuts in and causes all sorts of problems 🙂
    Gonna be fun

  • AndyMac

    Apr 2, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Supermac and Stuart

    Are you both prepared to reveal your posteriors in Fenwicks window if it doesnt happen ?

    I’d venture that neither of you are that confident 🙂

  • Thump

    Apr 2, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #14

    @AndyMac: I will.


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