Ben Arfa Will Add Significant Flair To Newcastle Side


Alan Pardew said that none of the flair players on show for Newcastle United last night produced anything.

Ben Arfa – to return for next Tuesday’s game at Forest?

Well, he’s right there, but don’t expect the Newcastle manager to be signing any free agents before January, because he will make do with the squad he has until January.

And it should be strong enough to get quite a few points in the league before the transfer window opens up again on New Year’s day.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game last night:

“I’ve no intention of bringing a free agent in.”  “I’ll go with the group.”  “I think you have to remember I’ve got Hatem Ben Arfa training now,” 

“His imagination and flair on that pitch would have been a big asset for us – hopefully, fingers crossed, in two weeks’ time he’ll be on that pitch for us.”

There’s no doubt that a fit Ben Arfa can make a huge difference to this Newcastle side, and he could have done that last night, if he had been playing.

But we thought he would be fit for the game next week at Nottingham Forest, and certainly sooner than two weeks?

And Newcastle fans will have to hope that the French International can stand up physically to the tough challenges he will continue to receive in the English Premier League, since he’s only made 4 appearances competitively for the Magpies in the 13 months he’s been on Tyneside.

And we have to hope too, that the referees will clamp down on some of the ridiculous challenges the 24 year-old has already received, and Ben Arfa should be able to play some part in the Carling Cup 3rd round tie at Nottingham Forest next Tuesday night. We certainly hope he can.

On Saturday, we expect to see Davide Santon starting the game at left back, and also Dan Gosling deserves a start – somewhere.

Danny Guthrie was also on the bench last night, and he could feature in that game too, with Shola Ameobi and Gabriel Obertan not showing up too well last night.

The good thing is that Newcastle have other players who can come in, and come in they should on Saturday, and we expect to see Newcastle play much better as a team than they did last night.

Star players for Newcastle last night were captain courageous Coloccini at the back and Steven Taylor was also strong as his partner, and Steven even managed to head off the line when it looked as though QPR would get their break-through goal.

And somebody should tell the Argentine manager, Alejandro Sabella, just how great Coloccini is playing, because why he’s not in the Argentine squad right now is beyond us – and in any case Jonas wants some company when he travels to the games to play for his country.

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16 comments so far

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Colo and Saylor are a great pairing, tough game with Bothroyd as he’s good in the air and they had to be clever.

    Glad they were all covering the line, the clearances by Simo and Saylor were good to see and we did well to play poorly, keep a clean sheet and take a point last night.

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  • redondo77

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    from my point of view, we will struggle if AP keep playing Raylor as LB, it’s like playing 5-3-2 formation (RB-CB-CB-LB-LB). Either play Raylor play as RB and Jonas as LB if Santon is not available, it’s like 10vs11 (Jonas and Raylor as LB in every game).

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  • alex84

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Last night showed how much our defence has developed into a very good defence, mostly down to S.Taylor and Colo, with Santon coming in it will get even better. Last season we would have lost that game for sure. I think Pards was right playing 442 put alot of pressure on our 2 centre Mids, But a point is a point and we are now 4th, 8 points from 4games, 1goal conceded…looking at it like that, its been a great start to the season.

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  • redondo77

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    The team did excellent job in 5 games. I hope Santon play next game, I want to see Jonas going forward more often, Raylor or Simpson as RB and please play SAmmy and Best, not the other Ameobi (Shola). If Sammy play well, it will be good motivation for Shola to work harder and to do better since he is the older brother.

    Man of the Match is Jonas, I think he ran 10,000km in that game.

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  • Ollieh51

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Sammy still needs to be the introduction after about 60/70 mins.

    Santon HAS to play at LB vs. N’Zogbia and Agbonlahor running the channels.

    We’ll get raped otherwise as Raylor will be lost at sea with the lack of pace and positioning he has on that side. (Although he’s done well there.)

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Obertan not showing up too well ? a thought he played well tbh..
    Ameobi was terrible as always
    SWP tortured Raylor but he never stopped trying if only he was quicker

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  • southafrican magpie

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Colo pulls out of his position to much he goes out of position trying to close down players and that leaves gaps in our defense and R taylor got sucked inside that’s why there was so much space for wright philips.. Raylor was shocking so was shola.. Pardew got his tactics wrong he should of made changes at half time why did he wait so long couldn’t he see our midfield was run over.. We been really lucky so far.. I don’t see where our goals are going to come from.. Sorry for been so negative I was really hoping for a win.. How many games has our team played together QPR had six new signings and look how they played.m what is pardew doing in training that we don’t form any position and that we can’t gel together.. Seriously god help us when we play manu or m city

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  • Minato

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Would have been disappointed with a point going in to it, but to be fair they had quite a few chances to put us away. Although there wasn’t too much to draw from our performance I can’t help but feel that the right combination is there somewhere. Ba had good energy coming on and that cool turn and shot from Best could have hit the net on a different day.

    Overall not a bad start, hopefully will see Santon get a full game at Forest..still think we need to see Marveux on the left and Jonas on the right..Best Ba up front..middle of the park in defence and midfield pretty much nailed down. Not thrilled but not really too surprised at the result..solid away point.4th in the league, lets now progress in the cup..

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  • wynsleap

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    I know this game is all about opinions but I thought Obertan did reasonably well last night. Some good running with the ball, tracked back well and worked hard, won two or three good headers and his passing was sharp and crisp.
    Unfortunately on the other side of the coin I thought Jonas was awful. Kept losing the ball in challenges and contributed very little. Sometimes being willing isn’t enough.
    Impressed with Best last night – his footwork and turns were very good. Unfortunate not to score and looked quite mobile. Definitely improving.
    Santon needs to come in for Raylor and a place should be made for Marveaux. Ameobi – forget him.
    Tiote needs to get back to the pace and stop losing the ball in dangerous places by over elaboration.
    4th place though and we’re not playing well – wait until we click into gear.

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  • GeordieDan

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #10

    “And somebody should tell the Argentine manager, Alejandro Sabella, just how great Coloccini is playing, because why he’s not in the Argentine squad right now is beyond us”

    I’m really happy he’s not getting called up tbh. He’s absolutely 1st class but if he gets called up for the national squad (which he certainly deserves) he’ll be off round the world and playing in pointless friendly and tournaments like the Copa America etc.

    One injury to Colo and NUFC is knackered. We’ll drop like a stone in the league table.

    Taylor is playing very well at the minute but who wold we pair him to? Willo (injured), Kadar (blatantly not good enough), Perch (don’t get me started)

    It’s a massive worry and I know its selfish of me but I hope he doesn’t get called up for a while.

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  • tommyL

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #11

    As much as I agree Colo should be in the Argie squad, i’m glad he’s not. We can’t have him going away on international duty and picking up an injury.

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  • MrToon

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #12

    I agree that the whole team apart form the defence looked poor, But im surprised that people are defending oberton. I am a fan of his, I thing he has great skill and speed. But Last night it looked to me that he had a heart the size of a pea.
    As soon as he got the ball he couldn’t wait to get rid of it. I would love to see him taking players on.

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  • Constanstine

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #13

    Ben Arfa will not add anything to the squad if AP sticks to his brainless long ball tactic. AP is certainly not good enough for the players. Three quarter of our first eleven are foreign players and ten of them are not happy with Ameobi on field. Stop fcuking play long ball to strikers and make use of Cabaye’s talent in the midfield.

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  • Magforlife

    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Ben Arfa is being held up like Pele, we have hardly seen the lad play.
    Just give him a chance, before we build him up too much.

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  • bambams

    Sep 13, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #15

    I am very concerned chaps, I agree with most of the comments about last nights performance- but at what cost?
    We are in a false position- no doubt, although it great to see.
    We do not, do not have strikers that are going to score/create enough chances to win more games than we lose- my opinion.
    Ben Arfa is again being mentined, almost the final piece of the jigsaw on some blogs- this is where i am worried, i genuinely fear for this lad and wonder if he is now damaged goods mentally as much as physically.
    Everytime a “clogger” approaches he will be thinking- treatment table again, this is bound to disrupt his natural game- again this is only my opinion.
    Can anyone understand playing a player out of positon, against a tried and tested international winger who has a point to prove, when we have a “worldy” (if you believe the hype from the board) left full back sitting on the bench??? I found this strange, even more so when Pards mentioned he had not trained much- QPR playrd five of their new signings!
    Never mind live the dream, just hope we did not use up all our luck last night for Saturday !

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  • ArchieDog

    Sep 13, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #16

    I agree with comment 14, I’ll be happy when Ben Arfas back but we need to go easy, he hasn’t even started double figures yet, but he’s being talked up as the messiah, he’s gonna need a season to settle and that’s before he broke a leg. Fingers crossed though.

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