A number of our readers were not too happy that 24 year-old Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa did not get a run-out on Saturday.
Ben Arfa – can still make it big at Newcastle
And Alan Pardew seemed to pick up on that fact that Newcastle fans were a little mystified about why the skillful and creative player was not allowed a chance against Swansea to open up their defense.
That’s when Newcastle were finding it very difficult to get that one goal that would have given the Magpies a very welcome 3 points, against a middle of the table side.
Alan addressed the concerns of not playing Ben Arfa a little bit yesterday, and he talked again today to the local press about the matter:
“Sometimes you’ve got to fuel your players, and the disappointment he had about not getting on might fuel him for Wednesday night.”
“When you get a 0-0, you always think of something else.” “A couple of times I thought about bringing on Hatem.”
“But I just felt they were so deep, with so many numbers back, that I did not think he would find any space, if I asm honest.”
“He looks for pockets, and there weren’t any.”
We still don’t fully understand why Ben Arfa didn’t come on, because when you think of doing something different – that’s just exactly what Hatem Ben Arfa can do – and you just don’t know what that will be in advance.
And neither does Ben Arfa – such is the definition of creativity – but maybe a 30 yard bullet like he produced at Everton last year would have been on the menu.
We feel almost certain that Ben Arfa will now play some part in the WBA game on Wednesday evening, when Newcastle badly need to secure all 3 points, and the French International could even get a start in that game.
And Ben Arfa will certainly be very motivated to show both Alan Pardew and the Newcastle fans what he can do for the Newcastle side.
We’ve seen a few articles questioning whether Ben Arfa was the force he was, and whether Newcastle may even sell the player.
But that kind of talk is very premature, and even unfair to the 24 year-old, who still possesses great ability and all he needs is a run in the first team, to show what he can do for Newcastle, following his terrible double leg fracture of last year.
We still think Ben Arfa will make it big at Newcastle, and maybe a goal on Wednesday will be on the cards.