Ben Arfa Looking Very Impressive In Training

Newcastle have been training during the International break,  and it has given a chance for manager Alan Pardew to gauge the fitness and form of some of the players not starting in the first team at the moment.

Hatem Ben Arfa – looking good in training

The most obvious one of the players in that category is Ben Arfa, although he’s only been training this week, as last week he was given comapassioante leave to visit a sick family member in Tunisia.

And it seems that Ben Arfa along with Sylvain Marveaux have been looking very good in training, and with Jonas Gutierrez travelling so much to play for Argentina over the last 10 days, Alan may be tempted to start Marveaux against Tottenham on Sunday, although of course the Argentine winger is in top form at the moment.

Alan talked about the fringe players, with special mention on Ben Arfa:

“One of the good things about the free weekend is that it has given us the chance to get the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa up to speed,”

“He is looking sharper in training and there are one or two others that maybe benefited too.”

“It is a chance for Sylvain and Dan Gosling to get that little bit more work under their belt.”

This is the time for Ben Arfa in particular to push hard for a starting place at Newcastle, and he can play as a second striker or on either wing, or even in the center of midfield.

That’s also true for  Dan and Sylvain too, since they are also potential starters in the Newcastle side.

But one thing that Alan Pardew will need to work our fairly soon, is where and how to use Hatem Ben Arfa to Newcatsle’s best advantage.

This lad is just too good to be sitting on the bench for too much longer.

Tottenham will be short of star striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who was described yesterday as only 50/50 for the game and will probably not be risked.  Emmanuel pulled a hamstring in the last game against Arsenal, but you never know.

But the mood in the Newcastle camp right now is very upbeat, as you may have expected, after such an astonishingly good start made to the season.

But the only thing that matters right now is getting the lads ready for the Tottenham game, where a win would be absolutely fantastic.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • bambams

    Oct 13, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Biggest hint yet that he may be in against the spuds at some stage, still think Pardieu has had one eye on this match for a while in relation to Benny and Sants….. We need our big hitters but can you change the team that is playing so well

  • alex84

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Id go with Ben Arfa to start, i like best but ben arfa is in a different class and is such a threat…him and Ba for me.

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Just start him already Pard’s, along with Marv and Santon! these three lads will tear Spuds a new one, as they will all be super keen to push for the starting XI and prove that they derserve a start!

  • derekm

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Much as you would like to think that Ryan Taylor does’nt deserve to be dropped in favour of Santon cold logic dictates that with lennon rading down the right we need a specialist left back in from the start. The massive bonus is Adebayor probably missing.

  • bambams

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Arry is probably playing mind games here….. Would be great if he does not start but then again we dont fear anyone at our place, rain, cold and a solid defence with great in form keeper will sort out adebayor (imo)

  • PapaToon

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    i think Bale will cause problems to Raylor. May need a bit more pace on the left.
    A lot of Totenham fans believe we have gotten a lot of luck and an easy draw. so we are not considered a threat.
    I think our midfield is superb, our wide man are skillful and fast, so should alway be a threat on the counter. Defoe will be the tricky customer, i think he is underrated by redknapp, hes quick and intelligent player.
    With the crowd behind us we should get something out of this game. I think it will be an open game as well.

  • wynsleap

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Marveaux for Obertan, Santon for Raylor and Ben Arfa in behind Ba or Best (Ba if fit).
    It’s not rocket science.
    Unless we start playing these top guys I can see some unrest to come. I don’t think Ben Arfa, in particular, will be content to sit on the bench week in and week out.

  • Ollieh51

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Tell you what, if Marveaux, SanToon and Ben Arfa are fit and are on the bench at least for Sunday it could swing well in our favour.

    Spurs don’t appear to have many strong subs to introduce to a game?

    SanToon should be introduced midway through the game for me though, it’s a bit much throwing him in to it against the pace and fitness of Bale.

    Bring him on when the game opens up in the second and he can get forwards too but not be too knackered.

  • alex84

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #10

    If there is going to be a change it will only be Ben Arfa, i cant see him changing to much of unbeaten side yet.

  • m.a

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    “i think Bale will cause problems to Raylor”
    Since when Bale has started to play on right for Spurs

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Fantastic News:
    Adebayor – 50/50
    Van Der Vaart – Hamstring AGAIN!
    Corluka – Doubtful
    Kranjcar – Doubtful
    Sandro – Calf

    Just a pity Bale, Lennon, Modric and Defoe are not in that list 🙂

  • bambams

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #13

    alex84..Totally agree mate .. as much as i would love to see new players you can argue the team are unbeaten and well organised.
    I believe Pardieu will give the same team a chance from the start then if needed make changes as the game goes on.
    Benny on after 10 mins of the second half would be ideal. SanTOON (love it) will be brought on at some stage as Pardieu will need to show what they have bought- just hope he comes on for a cameo rather than because Raylor is struggling.

  • bambams

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Lennon will be very difficult for Raylor…..

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15

    @ m.a was thinkin the same! Although he got nout outra simmo really last time so arry might see raylor as the weak link even more so if there missin vdv

  • liam85

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #16

    To be honest I only really want Ben Arfa to swap for Best… I can see a good partnership with Ba and Arfa.. I wouldn’t play Santon yet. Maybe if all is well get him off the bench for 30 mins?!

  • nimo

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #17

    bale does play on the right now n again. he did for spuds a few weel back n then he did for wales against england


    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #18

    Could be the ideal game for HBA – Non too physical and Spurs give you time on the ball. Should be a cracking game.
    Keep the Faith


    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #19

    I dont expect any changes to our starting 11 but I expect Hatem will get on second half other than that I dont see anything changing

  • ToonBry

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #20

    Heya fella’s haven’t posted in a while as just had my first little girl.
    We definitely need Santon to play as although Raylor has played well he wont be able to deal with the pace and speed that Spurs have. Also for this game i would play HBA on the right in place of Obertan and keep best and ba up front. That way our attacking threat is huge as we would have Best and Ba to feed off the whole midfield and HBA cutting in from the right on his favoured left. We can then have Marv and Obertan as impact players at the end to rip apart a tired Spurs team.

  • TS -77

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Gutierrez – Cabaye – Tiote – Ben Arfa

    thats my midfield for the Spurs game!

  • TS -77

    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Congratulations ToonBry!

  • mattnufc

    Oct 13, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #23

    If Ben Arfa plays anywhere it will be behind the striker not on the left.

  • mtanzania

    Oct 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #24

    lets not worry about their attacking threat, let them worry about ours, plenty of goals in this game

  • bambams

    Oct 13, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #25

    ToonBry….Congratulations mate, girls are lovely for 14 years then on their 14 birthday turn overnight into horrible “things” (experience of having 4 daughters)

    Right i think we all in similar thoughts, if any changes Benny at some stage of the game then Santoon later if we are doing well…………Easy this football management stuff !!!

  • Scottishtoon95

    Oct 13, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #26

    If they play bale lm play guti as rm to help out simpson, with marveauw at lm. If they play him rm play guti on lm in front of santon and obertan rm. This will limit what bale can do if we’ve got to men on him. Also as well as best has been playing I’m afraid he needs to be dropped to the bench to make room for ben arfa.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 13, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #27

    ToonBry – Congrats 🙂 I agree with what u said about Ben Arfa. I think Pardew will keep the back line the same and he might introduce Santon in the second half. I hope he plays Benny from the start.

    If I were him I would play Santon from the start. Marveaux on the left to give Gutierrez a break and introduce Ben Arfa in the second half as Obertan deserves a chance he is improving and subbing him now will only dent his growing confidence.

    It’s gonna be a great match I am sure of it. What a shame I have to miss it, work 🙁


  • BigAl9

    Oct 13, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #28

    TS 77 I like it.
    Simpson Colo S.Taylor Santon

    Jonas Tiote Cabaye Ben Arfa

    Best Ba

    Jesus, that looks a great side.Krul, Simpson and Best need to keep up the form they have shown this season or they will be replaced. But fair play to Bestie he has being doing the business. Can`t understand Trappatoni`s comments about him at all! But if he scores 12-15 goals this season then he could well be going to the European Championships next summer. Another Hughton buy who now looks a bargain at 1.5m, to think at that time I wanted Beckford or no-one at all!


    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #29

    Toonbry: Many congrats.

    Good team @28! Dont think Pardew will pick it though!
    Difficult game to predict, but if i had to! 2-2 !


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