Hatem Ben Arfa Can Get The Job Done For Newcastle


Newcastle will have a challenge when their top striker Demba Ba goes off to represent his country Senegal, in the African Cup of Nations next month.

Ben Arfa – after scoring first goal at Bolton on Monday

But the strikers who will be left, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best are the ones who had to step up the plate in February, after Andy Carroll had left for Liverpool, and all three of them came through for Newcastle then.

And that’s why we are fairly confident that they will come through again, and step up to the plate for the Magpies while Ba is away.

And of course somebody who wasn’t available last February, Hatem Ben Arfa, can also fill in for Demba  Ba, and the  Frenchman can certainly hit the net, as he brilliantly showed on Monday afternoon at Bolton,  for Newcastle’s crucial first goal.

Alan Pardew has come out today and identified 24 year-old the French International as one player who can get the job done for Newcastle,  while top striker Ba is off in Africa:

“When Demba goes away, Hatem is going to have to come to the fore, we’re going to need him,”

“He’s finding his feet, he’s had a couple of games and a couple of cameos now as well, and he’s starting to look like his old self.

“He’s had a terrible injury, you must remember that.” “But that goal will have done him no harm whatsoever.”

We are really hoping that Ben Arfa can get back to his best form this season, but we’ll have to be patient, as it was a terrible injury the 24 year-old has had to come to terms with over the last year.

But the signs are very promising that Ben Arfa is getting back to somewhere near his best, and we hope to see more of Ben Arfa’s  best form tomorrow night at Anfield.

And young 19 year-0lds Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic have shown they have an eye for goal too, and could help Newcastle while Ba is away on International duty.

For the record Ben Arfa has appeared 15 times for Newcastle with two goals, since signing  initially on a loan deal  in August of last year, before he was signed for about £5M  on a permanent deal  last January.

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52 comments so far

  • ochytoon

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #1

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  • Mac

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Jail For Ashley. Keep up the good work out there. I have a mate that’s a medic in the North Sea and he is saying the weather is horrendous.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #3

    ochytoon, a bit better than. “First.”

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Mac

    I live on an island off the west coast of Scotland and we’re getting Force 10-11 every other bloody day and it’s really PISSING ME OFF.
    JfA must be gutted about missing the Fools…

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  • alex84

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #5

    I can see Best starting tomorrow

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #6

    if wer going to get a 23 year old from 7 divisions down why cant we pay a little extra and get a potentially class striker in Jordan Rhodes from League one..? £3million would get him and give them Sammy and someone else on loan

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  • niffnoff

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Sounds scary for the people who live up north right now. Good luck up there!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Cheers lads,
    Shouldnt miss the game as we’ve got the satellite if it survives the wind and with any luck should get to the game next wednesday night,where I can sit in the Gallowgate comfortably surrounded by fellow Ashley haters.

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  • alex84

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Anyone worried about Carroll tomorrow?

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #10

    I can see donkey for Carroll scoring tomorrow nite.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #11

    alex 84

    we have to be, he is an ex player , with a grudge against the managment, he has ability,

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  • ronaldeano

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Miles Starforth (Shields Gazette) has said on twitter that NUFC are going in for James Collins of Villa… Nooooooo!!!
    He looks like a stereotypical Mackem

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  • Gallowgate

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #13

    If Hatem does’nt step up I am sure our £12 grand superstar will fill the void. What a dream it must be for the player he must be lying awake at night thinking about his trial starting on Monday. To those who criticise NUFC for looking at a player like him please refer to Mr Ian Wright formerly of Arsenal who did’nt make the grade until he was 25 years old. Few players at that level are good enough to play at the highest level I will grant you that butsomeone in NUFC scouting network must have seen something for them to offer the lad a trial and Those same scouts have done rather well lately. It is a possibility that the lad has enough technique to make the step up to professional game. He would’nt be the first to complete a rise of such magnitude would he? I’m excited for him what must he feel right now? I’d be jumping out me shoes with excitement. Good luck fella.

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve a funny feeling Carroll will score against us 2moro nyt.lol

    If he’s gonna score against anybody it’s bound to be us ffs.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #15

    alex84 – I am abit mate he played well the other day and was damn unlucky not to score, but weve also got good defenders and a super duper keeper. A think Ben Arfa needs to play if we want to beat them we need to smash them on the counter as they got a great defensive record which will be hard to punish so a say get Ben Arfa involved cause them problems and he will be able to unlock them with his trickery and nice little passes through the defence for Ba to slot home and net another hat-trick =]

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #16

    ronaldeano – Sunderland also want Collins so i’d imagine he’ll go ther with O’niell

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  • toonLYF

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #17

    just my thoughts on the carroll topic

    ————————–Krul————————

    Simpson—-Williamson—-Coloccini—–Santon

    ————————–Tiote———————–

    Ben Arfa————–Cabaye—————-Jonas

    —————Carroll————Ba—————–

    Ben Arfa used in an inside forward role linking up with ba, and jonas just whipping in constant balls to the back post for carroll, no doubt that our team would be better, this way we can be deadly on the ground and in the air, really think that would be some team

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Then again Pardew signed him for West Ham

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  • Gallowgate

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #19

    On a separate note can anyone confirm that if John Terry is convicted of Racist behaviour in a criminal court( which is what he has been charged with), will he be banned from all football stadia just like you or I would?

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #20

    I really hope he doesn’t start Best 2moro nyt.

    I would drop jonas aswell he’s been crap for weeks.

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  • ronaldeano

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #21

    GT89, I hope so… He’d fit right in there, he looks like most people who live in Pennywell! :0)

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Gallowgate – Well said mate

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #23

    It would be like a story out of Roy of the Rovers if this lad came good,but he must have been looked at by other clubs,he got the non league golden boot or something like that.

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  • alex84

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Gallowgate 100% agree!

    Me too, i have two Liverpool fans in the family who have been slagging AC off all season…till now saying its all set up for him to score, even more so with the racist out, i really hope Williamson copes with him…we need to play a good countering game like we did at stoke so for me HBA and Obertan are guna be vital.

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  • Gallowgate

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Also if he is convicted will he jump up and down stamping his feet at the judge like he does with referees?

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Every Liverpool fan I know constantly goes on about how shit Carroll is.lol

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Collins is 28 and would cost like 6 or 7 million seens though he gets his game for Villa, highly doubt we’ll be paying tht for him when we can get a younger and much better option from the continent.. could get Onuoha and Clyne for less than tht combined..

    Plus weve been linked to tht young Maguire from Sheffield United

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  • Mac

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail For Ashley. What are employment opportunities like abroad rigs and in the offshore industry as a whole? I have a few friends working off shore and have decided i may give it a try. Time to get out of the prison service.

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  • Mac

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #29

    I must admit living in Liverpool all i get is how we’ve robbed Liverpool. They HATE Carroll

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  • alex84

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #30

    BelfastMagpie87 – yeah this is what scares me about tomorrow, really poor till he plays us.

    bought my mrs the new away shirt…she is our lucky charm, hates football..but everytime we play and she is watching we win, so iv cancelled all her plans for tomorrow night…standard.

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  • ricky90

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #31

    need to keep ben arfa fit.. even if hes not starting every game…

    carroll will score against us i think.. written in the stars!

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  • Gallowgate

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #32

    It would have been a bit tasty if STaylor had been fit to face Carroll . More broken jaws me thinks hehe. Carroll will not be allowed the room to grow at The bindippers as his transfer fee means the scousers will want immediate returns and are already giving him jip talk aboot geordies being deluded jees the scousers reckon they were gonna win the league a little while ago and now say finishing outside the top four is a failure. Well you’ll still be in the top four for gun crime and drugs so chin up eh .

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #33

    If we got Carroll back we’d just be the new stoke all we’d need is someone like Rory Delap and we’d be sorted..

    Carroll(Crouch)
    Ba(Walters/Jones) only with goals

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  • phillyg

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Team during ACON

    —————krul——————
    simpson-collo-willo-santon
    ————-tiote—————-
    oba———————guit
    ——-cabaye-hba————–
    ———–Best—————–

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #35

    our ex-players always seem to find the net against us. i too have a funny feeling that Carroll’s going to end his drought against us.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #36

    Gallowgate – Be interesting to see what happens with Dagleish at the end of the season if they dont make the Champions league, the board says top 4 is a must have at the end of the season

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #37

    Carroll didnt score against us last season when he came on, but he’ll be starting tomorrow with Bellamy alongside him

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  • Shot Bru

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #38

    Another striker is a priority in the summer at least. Geordietoon89 suggestion of Jordan Rhodes is a good one.
    Chances are we are gonna lose Ba and Tiote to the ACN in Jan 2013 aswell as the upcoming 2012 competition (assuming both are still at NUFC). Another reason they could’ve pulled out the Maiga deal.

    Surely we can’t rely on Shola, Best and Lovenkrands 2 years running as our post new year strikeforce.

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  • geoff777

    Dec 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #39

    I’ve seen Carroll play for Liverpool a few times, I think he’s been really unlucky.

    Goalies have made blinding saves or he’s missed by just a few inches.

    I hope his drought continues but he’ll be fired up for sure.

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  • Harry Hampton

    Dec 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #40

    @Gallowgate- re Ian Wright and Chris Waddle, of course Alan Pardew was only a part-timer until he was 25 himself – never a great player of course but I expect he’s more open to giving late developers a chance
    And re John Terry, remember (although his media mates never talk about it) ‘Arry is on trial in January too – say what you like, it’s going to be some prison football team coached by Redknapp and captained by Terry 🙂

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