Alan Pardew gets lots of questions on Ben Arfa.
Ben Arfa – wiggling his way through the opposition
And that’s not too surprising since Ben Arfa is one of Newcatskle’s most talented players, and is probably the most skillful of them all.
The Frenchman is fresh off scoring one of the greatest individual goals ever seen at St. James’ Park, and he is very likely to get a start on the right wing on Sunday afternoon against QPR, the position he played in the second half in the 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers last Saturday.
Ben Arfa wants to play as the withdrawn striker and play-maker, but Pardew wants to see various and specific improvements in his game, before he will give him too many more games in that position.
And certainly the Frenchman should get some games over the next few weeks on the right wing, where he excelled on Saturday, as he is always a goal threat – and that’s what we need while Demba Ba is off in Africa.
Pardew has again talked about what things he’d like to see from the 8 times capped mercurial French International:
“I am going to require more energy from him for that No. 10 role,”
“The boy has talent. You only have to see him with the ball at his feet. But he needs to understand he must put in more effort for the role he wants.”
“I think of Cristiano Ronaldo, when he arrived, and even Eric Cantona, to a degree. These great players sometimes need a period of adjustment.”
“I’m not suggesting for one minute he’s going to be as good as those players. But that kind of flair player does need to understand what the Premier League is all about and he’s getting a grasp of it.”
“He’s not really a difficult character around the place, but he needs to understand we have got success here because of the commitment we put into training every day and into games. Sometimes I don’t think he gets that.”
“He is definitely improving, as that goal showed. I don’t think he would have got that goal four or five weeks ago.” “All great players need confidence – you want your team-mates to believe in you.”
“With Shola Ameobi, Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands, it’s ingrained in those guys,” “Hatem doesn’t have to be less maverick – I will never take that away from him. That is his strength.”
“What we do need from him is discipline in the game.”
Ben Arfa is a huge favorite on Tyneside, and if you want to know why then just look at that goal he scored last Saturday.
We all know about how important it is for players to work together and work hard for the side, but Ben Arfa is also a player supporters love to watch and pay to watch – Mike Ashley please note. 😀
And the fact that he wanted to come to Newcastle a year last summer, tells us he has an excellent chance of becoming the player he promises to be, and at Newcastle too.
And that would mean he not only produces those mercurial skills when it matters, but he is also a team player and works his tail off for the team.
After all, that’s what the world’s greatest player, Lionel Messi, does week in and week out for Barcelona.