Leon Best believes that Ben Arfa’s belief in his own abilities can make him a big Newcastle star of the future.
Leon Best – after scoring at Aston Villa
Alan Pardew talked about Ben Arfa recently and let it be known there were certain areas of his game that the Frenchman still had to work on.
The lad still loses the ball too much, and Pardew would like him to increase his intensity and track back when Newcastle do not have the ball.
But those are the easy things that can be learned, and we all know that Ben Arfa has been blessed with some wonderful skills.
Newcastle will be hoping that both Ben Arfa and Leon Best can start scoring those gaols for Newcastle while a certain Demba Ba is away in Africa over the next five weeks or so.
Leon Best is a good friend of the 24 year-old Frenchman and he had this to say about his pal today:
“It’s a matter of Hatem believing in himself, as well as people getting on him and keeping him in a happy mood,”
“He’s a funny character, but a lovely guy and I get on very well with him. It is sometimes a matter of confidence within yourself, and it came out against Blackburn last weekend.”
“That will help him progress and show his talent even more this season.”
It’s a long time since Leon Best scored a goal for Newcastle – it’s way back in September in fact.
Leon scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Fulham at home on 28th August, and then a goal at Aston Villa in the 1-1 draw on 17th September, but nothing since then.
So he’s due a goal, and we think Best and Shola Ameobi could get the starts up front on Sunday afternoon against QPR, with Ben Arfa starting on the right wing.
Ben Arfa has two goals this season and both excellent strikes with the goal at Bolton in the 2-0 win on Boxing Day.
And then of course the wonder goal last Saturday afternoon in Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Blackburn, that takes us into the 4th round of the FA Cup at either Wrexham or Brighton at the end of the month.
We need some goals from somebody on Sunday if we are to get all three points against 4th bottom QPR.
Best and Ben Arfa are two players that can score them.