Alan Pardew has promised Hatem Ben Arfa that he will get his chance to impress when Demba Ba and Cheik Tiote head to Africa.
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Before the game yesterday at St. James’ Park against Manchester United there were various reports that Ben Arfa was not too happy that he was not starting in the first team on Tyneside.
And we thought it was not a coincidence last night that Ben Arfa wasn’t even brought on as a substitute, and we also know that Alan Pardew is an expert in dealing with the different personalities in his Newcastle United squad.
Alan showed last night that he can be a master tactician, and he simply out-coached legend Alex Ferguson, as the Newcastle side hustled and harried the Manchester United players into their second successive Premier League defeat.
With Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote leaving for the African Cup of Nations in the next day or so to join up with their team-mates on Saturday, there should be ample opportunities for the French International to show what he can do for Newcastle.
Alan Pardew sees nothing wrong with Ben Arfa grumbling a bit about his situation, when the 24 year-old said yesterday that he didn’t share the same philosophy with his manager.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about Ben Arfa:
“I don’t think any player at any football club is going to say that their philosophy is the same as the manager,”
“I didn’t when I was working with Steve Coppell as a player at Crystal Palace, but I still admired him and understood what he is about and learned a great deal off him.”
“And as you grow as a player you learn that you can have a different kind of formula to win games.”
“We have played to Hatem’s formula a couple of times and we have done okay. When he plays in the side, we have to pass the ball more and play it in to him more.”
“He will get his opportunity to show what he can do.”
Ben Arfa is of course a huge favorite with the Newcastle fans , who like to see him playing in the side.
But Newcastle will now be pressed to score goals, now that Demba Ba is away for about five games.
We expect Shola Ameobi, Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands to step up to the plate and can see Ben Arfa playing as the withdrawn striker to set up the chances for those two, and score a few goals himself.
We don’t see the Ben Arfa situation as being serious at all, and any player worth their salt wants to play as much as possible.
Hatem Ben Arfa is no different.