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.