Alan Pardew has said today that Ben Arfa is not a difficult player to handle.
Ben Arfa – points to Newcastle fans after scoring yesterday
After the game, while being questioned on nufcTV, Alan Pardew was asked if Ben Arfa was all smiles in the dressing room after the game yesterday, when he came on after 61 minutes at Bolton.
The Frenchman changed the game and also scored a great goal just eight minutes after replacing Leon Best.
And it was interesting what Alan had to say to the implication that the 24 year-old wasn’t always all smiles:
“It was great to see Hatem get his first goal since his terrible injury.” “He’s been great all along, the press keep making a thing about he’s a difficult player, but I haven’t seen that yet.”
“He’s been fine he knows he’s on a long road back and a little cameo today would do him no harm.” “He did a couple of really nice things in the game apart from the goal”
“But when there was that pull-back and it ended on his left foot there was only one place that was going.”
When the French International landed on Tyneside in August of 2010, he had a reputation for being a bad boy and not getting on particularly well with his managers or the other players.
And at his two previous clubs, Lyon and Marseilles, he had some difficulties, especially with his last manager, Didier Deschamps of Marseilles.
But Newcastle was the club he wanted to sign for eighteen months ago, and he famously went on strike to try to get his move to Tyneside.
But it seems that at Newcastle, even though the lad has gone through some very tough times since he arrived with that horrific leg injury, it seems he has not been difficult to handle at all.
One thing is clear, and that is the Newcastle fans just love this lad, and after yesterday’s display, where his class was the difference between the two sides, we should be seeing a lot more of him in action.
And we now expect him to start as the withdrawn striker at Liverpool on Friday evening.
Another goal at Anfield would be just what the doctor ordered.
Howay the Lads!!