Ben Arfa Could Become The Crown Jewels For Newcastle

It seems that Alan Pardew will be experimenting in pre-season with a new system for Newcastle.

Ben Arfa – could be the crown jewels for Newcastle

And it involves a player who could well become  the crown jewels of the side – Hatem Ben Arfa – and Pardew will try to use the Frenchman where he is most dangerous to opposing defenses – up front as a second striker.

While we are just a wee bit  disappointed we haven’t seen more players come in this summer, Newcastle have already signed some really skillful players in Cabaye, Marveaux, Demba Ba and young Mehdi Abeid.

But we also know there’s still over six weeks to go before the transfer window slams shut, so there’s still plenty of time.

The new system seemed to work quite well at Darlington on Friday evening, albeit Newcastle had Leon Best leading the line rather than Demba Ba,  and Ben Arfa as usual looked quite impressive.

Pardew said today that every player will get a chance this pre-season:

“This is a chance for all of the players out here to catch the eye and force the issue – it’s a healthy situation.”

If Ben Arfa can work out a good understanding with Demba Ba (and Best), Newcastle could have lots of goals in the side this coming season, even though we have lost our two top goal-scorers of the last two seasons,  in big Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan.

And we see that in our poll on whether Leon Best deserves another season at Newcastle to prove himself, a full 77% think he does.

We would think that Best is above Shola Ameobi in the pecking order of strikers at the club, and if Newcastle were to sell a striker this summer, maybe it should be Shola, with his contract running out next summer.

Whatever happens, we think it may be difficult for Shola to get much of an extension to his contract, as he always seems to be injured  during each season.

But one thing we are really looking forward to this season,  is watching the mercurial Ben Arfa in action, and what  a player this lad could become!

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Spike

    Jul 18, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #1


    Or whatever I’m supposed to say for being FIRST!

  • Spike

    Jul 18, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Hope Benny doesn’t have any lingering doubt to affect his performances this season. I’d especially like to see him boot De Jong up the ar$e when we play Man Shitty

  • SuperShearer

    Jul 18, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    If Ben Afra can find his form and not have any follow-on injuries from the double break then he will be a very important player for us this season. I feel we do need cover for him though. Unless, and I hope this is true, Pardew plans to use Vuckic as his cover.


    Jul 18, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Truely hope he comes through for us and can adapt to the PL

  • LondonMagpie

    Jul 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #5

    There is one main problem i see with Ben Arfa having an amazing season with us!! and that is… look at Modric look at Nasri look at Sneider what positions are they most threatening at the same we aim to deploy HBA at and look at some of the numbers being floated about for these players 30M Modric 20M Nasri (one year left) 35M for sneider HBA has just signed a new contract and im sure it will take a big money big to grab MA’s attention and im sure once interested MA will not turn it down!!
    Lets make most of it as im sure we only have one or maybe 2 seasons left with HBA!!!

  • wynsleap

    Jul 18, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed – Love and respect your blog but I’m starting to see some desperation from you in writing interesting articles at this point as nothing is happening now (apart from more and more players pulling out of the USA trip).
    What next – Ba doesn’t like flying and Abeid comes out in a rash at airline catering so they can’t make it?
    If it’s an exercise in team bonding and particularly to try and work out team tactics on the field etc. it’s becoming a bit of a laughable disaster.
    Pretty much like the individuals who are running it.


    Jul 18, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Cant wait to see/meet this boy. Real potential if he stays fit.

  • quitesimple

    Jul 18, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Ben Arfa would be more effective running from deep with the ball IMO. Watch Marseille v Liverpool he ran the show from left wing to CAM. Playing as Second Striker would take away the opportunity to run at players IMO


    Jul 18, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #9

    My exact words, give him 3 seasons he’s a 30m valied player, then end up on the bench at man city.
    Makes me sick!

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 18, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #10

    just seen cabaye has been refused a visa aswell now.ffs.
    this usa tour is turning into a joke like.


    Jul 18, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Howay belfast man its not turning into a joke.

    Barton and Ranger were never going to be able to go and fair enough Cabaye is a blow but not a major one he is already pretty much a first teamer and this way gives the other lads a chance to shine.

    Still plenty of time for him to gel into the side when they are all back together….relax mate haha

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 18, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #12


    maybe im just having a bad day
    i dont really see the point off going to the usa.
    the only reason i can think off is £££££££££.

    its the same as liverpool & arsenal going to asia…
    its all about the £££££££££££!!

  • tynesidetommo

    Jul 18, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #13


    Lay of Ed. He does a good job in difficult circumstances and it’s hardly his fault when he comes up against a quiet news day.
    And we should also take the opportunity to remind him how much we’re all thinking about him at this difficult time


    Jul 18, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Ah right mate haha I will let you off 😉

    Hey as long as the money helps the club and gains us a bigger fan base works for me

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 18, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #15

    reading about llambias getting abuse the other nyt.
    cheers you up

  • marcos_nufc

    Jul 18, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #16

    in my opinion Alan Pardew should play a 4-5-1 formation lounching counterattacks.We should play a defensive football especially against teams like Arsenal,Chelsea,Manchester City,Manchester United and Liverpool because they are stronger. Yesterday we saw Paraguay defeating Brazil and I watched the match on TV and I could see that They play a very good defensive football.The match was decided in a penalty shoo-tout dispute and Paraguay won Brazil and will play the semi-finals against Venezuela in Copa America.Newcastle United should learn from Paraguay it is the most efficient way to win football matches I mean playing defensively, lounching counterattacks. Do you agree with me?

  • toonie

    Jul 18, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #17


    Of course its the $$$$ and more for MA. USA is a huge potential market for shirt sales 🙂

  • sidekick

    Jul 18, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #18

    After his broken leg, Benny will need a few games to get his confidence back, then I think he will go on to have a great season for us.
    Re comments on him being sold after 2 or 3 good seasons, we already bought his cover – another French left sided attacking midfielder – Moyo.

  • LondonMagpie

    Jul 18, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #19


    But the point of the matter is e shouldnt be looking to get replacments in for him we should be looking these [players for as long as possible until they want to leave (Enriques case) not when MA wants them to ( Carroll)
    It sickens me to think we are going to have to rebuild over and over again!!

  • the knowledge

    Jul 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Benny might need more then a few ganes. 1 wonder goal against everton, but ppl don’t remember he is nowhere near used to the prem. Great player, hopefully he will hit the ground running, but let’s not pin our entire seasons hopes on him!

  • GeordieDan

    Jul 18, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Alright lads.

    I had to work the other night when we played at Darlo and couldn’t make it down unfortunately. Still haven’t really heard/read anyone who was at the game’s comments on how good our new lads (plus Gosling and Benny) individually performed on the night.

    The news rags have just concentrated on the idiots who ran on the pitch and missed the point of commenting on the match as far as I can see.

    Any player ratings or stand out things they did worth mentioning? Really interested to get some opinions.

    Btw cheers to all the USELESS local media who decided it wasn’t even worth commentating on. Pathetic

    7000+ fans made it to the game and u think nobody would be interested enuff? U should be embarrassed.

    Cheers in advance 4 any input lads!

  • wynsleap

    Jul 18, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #22

    tyneside tommo (13
    Not getting at Ed by any means just stating an observation, and certainly not forgetting Ed’s problems.
    We’re all wishing him well and behind him on that one, fella.

  • OttersPocket

    Jul 18, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #23

    It def should be for the money, if not then it is pointless going.

  • oscar j

    Jul 18, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #24

    for me we should sign doumbia, sturridge (loan, next season maybe permanent deal)

    winger: barnetta
    backup for tiote: mcguigan
    left back: m’buengue or tremoulanais

    also if some money of the 35 has gone then 8 plus 2 from enrique and routledge then that makes sense since he promised us 35 for TRANSFER SIGNINGS

  • Stuart

    Jul 18, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #25

    LondonMag – Are you really hoping HBA doesnt play too good next season so he isnt tapped up.

    I’d rather he played amazing football myself, if he leaves in a season or two so be it, we’ll have had two class seasons and a hefty chunk for him.

    I’d rather that than him playing shite for the next 4 years so we keep him.


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