Excellent Ben Arfa Can Become Huge Player For Newcastle

There’s nothing Newcastle fans like better than  a mercurial player in that famous black and white shirt, and Hatem Ben Arfa certainly seems to fit the bill.

Ben Arfa – in training last week

Ben Arfa is now in excellent shape, according to manager Alan Pardew, and Newcastle fans can see the great  Frenchman in action tomorrow night at Darlington.

Ben Arfa has been out of action since October 3rd, when he suffered that horrific double break of his left leg, but the long wait is almost over for both him and the Newcastle fans.

Newcastle will still bring in one new striker before September, but Pardew has already said he will play the Frenchman in that withdrawn striker role, and with his skill he could get a bunch of goals for the side next season.

Certainly Pardew himself seems absolutely delighted with what he’s seen from the Frenchman in training, and that the 24 year-old looks back to his best.

Alan Pardew was right to insist on a safety first approach for both Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling at the end of  last season, and neither played in those last few games of the season, and that common sense caution seems to be paying off.

Pardew makes no secret of the fact he sees Ben Arfa as a huge player for Newcastle, and this lad could make a big difference for the team next season.

Pardew was full of praise for the Frenchman today as he told the Newcastle Journal today:

I’ve been delighted to see Hatem Ben Arfa out there running – he looks in excellent condition. I’m really pleased in him so far.”

“Hatem gives us that X factor that we need. I said at the end of last season we would need one or two people to step up and provide us with that, and I hope Hatem can do that.”

“He is a player capable of that special pass or that special bit of skill that gets Newcastle fans off their feet.’

“I can’t wait to work with him, he can be a very important player for us next season.”

Tomorrow night will give us all a glimpse of what seems to be a new-look Newcastle side, which has a lot more skill than last season, that’s for sure.

It all sounds very good to us.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • listie

    Jul 14, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    We need to be careful we dont rely on him too much, cracking player though

  • G

    Jul 14, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    agreed listie. I would like to think that besides everything that has gone on, that we are not reduced to a one-man side.

  • bristolmagpie

    Jul 14, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    how many times are you going to regurgitate this story. i swear i have read this headline about 5 times already

  • Burni

    Jul 14, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Cant wait to see him plating again hopefully we have a very strong side fielded against the gooners and we can play them at their own game!

  • ochytoon

    Jul 14, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Am I wrong in thinking the team has gone to America for the pre season tour so how can we play at Darlington tomorrow?

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jul 14, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Arfa should be a fantastic player this season, but we shouldn’t put too much pressure on him. He is in the process of coming back from a serious injury and may take a bit time to regain confidence. Brilliant prospect though.

  • Marty-Toon

    Jul 14, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    He has put it out here as Pardew was interviewed today.
    What ya want like?Ed puts out an article of an interview of AP and ya complain,tis pardew that repeats himself,Ed is just puttin anything of news bout nufc to keep us updated.
    Back to the real thing,hope also that we don`t rely on him so much but we need goal scorers and we will be relying on him and the others to chip in seriously with double figures.
    When we have quality we need them to produce.

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jul 14, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8


    I believe we travel on Monday.

  • Birts

    Jul 14, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #9

    A think its actually sunday they fly out on the tour

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 14, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Keegan and Houghton and the players did loads of it when we where spending nothing.
    Don’t be distracted.
    You are being robbed.

  • ochytoon

    Jul 14, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Oh ok, I was told that Ranger got turned away at the gate in the USA. Thanks for clearing that up

  • Marty-Toon

    Jul 14, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Worried a little about our defensive side of things this season without the workrate of Nolan.
    Was watching a review of 95/96 season and 97/98 season yesterday and with the goals of Shearer and co we were class but the defence was abysmal with Warren Barton n co.
    We should have got a couple of trophies like.
    Our defence has been looking good last year so hope they will get the protection from the midfield this year and score more goals than tyhe opposition of course 🙂

  • “I said at the end of last season we would need one or two people to step up and provide us with that, and I hope Hatem can do that.”

    So when he (Pardew) said “bums off seat players” he meant they were already at the club! fgs this regime is a joke. I know of plenty of people who have decided to take their “bums off seats” by knocking back season ticket renewals………..

  • blissna

    Jul 14, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #14

    If we turn over arsenal then I’m going to put a bet on straight away for us being in europe! Woo optimism!

  • deeeeeeano

    Jul 14, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Does anyone know if the darlo match is on any foreign channels or owt?

  • sweendog

    Jul 14, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #16

    MacToon(Vive le Neuchâtel) .. agreed he said they would buy players that would put bums on seats .. not we have bought players …
    get the finger out .. get the striker, Matuidi, and Zogbia .. then say to Pardew we must be top 8 .. with that squad we would be..

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 14, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #17

    We are not a one man team.
    We need to stop relying on individuals so much.

    Last season, when Joey or Nolan where out there was a noticable difference, we should be able to seemlessly switch players around with limited effect to the team.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 14, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #18


    And if they turn us over you going for the relegation option?

  • Stuart

    Jul 14, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #19

    @Bristol – instead of complaining don’t read it. You’re not obliged to read every article.

    Can’t wait to see HBA tomorrow like. Wey, hopefully. Apparently my ticket still hasnt came!

  • Stuart

    Jul 14, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #20

    Haha, I see the miserable sods are out in force to jump on every comment AP makes as usual.

    You complain when we don’t hear anything, then when he does speak you call him a liar and a puppet. The man can’t win lol.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 14, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #21

    You lads seen the £40,000 shares payouts due to Sports Direct staff for achieving income over £195M annual Target:


  • Mo Drysdale

    Jul 14, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #22

    1st Team & 2nd Team sticking to a 4-4-2 formation for ease with what we have got at the moment.

    Not bad, with a couple of additions:

    1st Team






    2nd Team






    Left in reserve:

    Shola Ameobi
    Sam Ameobi
    New young French winger (Cant remember name)

    Should be sold or given away or loaned out:


    We need:

    1/2 New Striker’s
    1 New Centre Back
    1 New Left Back (2 if Jose goes)
    1 New Right Winger

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 14, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #23


    Say what you like about Ashley, but I think his big incentives for success is great. Performance related pay has been needed for ages. Shame Nolan wasn’t up for it, for finishing higher next year.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #24

    I agree with Stuart. Re the long interview with Pardew ( most managers dont give those it seems ) , he was very forthright and honest. I dont agree with what he says re the money for Carroll being taken up by agents and the training ground ( if thats the case, how broke are we??) , but some of the nutters on this site wont trust Pardew unless he wins the league or a cup, and that doesnt make sense. He’s better than Hughton – tactically, self development wise, training wise – and Hughton wont get Brum up this season, not in the top two anyway. We’ll always love Hughton for rescuing us, but given that he had Andy Carroll, he wasnt better than Pardew in the Prem league, and I think Pardew is a much better “thinker” on the game, and is more interested in producing a team with flair it it . Some of you Geordies are just plain miserable!!! I think its shocking that MA wont spend more, but there is still plenty of time…

  • Paul P

    Jul 14, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #25

    just hope we dont rely on ben arfa even though he is going to be massive for newcastle this season. if he gets injured early doors, there is our creativity gone. thats why we need to get a creative forward, creative winger, someone else in the middle with a bit of craft. we have been linked with a right back nathaniel clyde from crystal palace earlier this morning, its forwards that we are in need of


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