Pardew On Ben Arfa – He Is Definitely Improving


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Ben Arfa wants to play as the withdrawn striker and play-maker,  but Pardew wants to see various and specific improvements in his game, before he will give him too many more games in that position.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.

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55 comments so far

  • Beattie25

    Jan 14, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Hitting Ashley with a pillow case full of hamsters is too good for him

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 14, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Yesssss I am the man

    Anyone think Ed has seen the raging arguments and posted this story to distract us?

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 14, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Sounds to me like we have yet another HBA on the bench come Sunday…

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Being accoladed with medals,honours and respect is not not good enough for Beattie25,he deserves more.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 14, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #5

    P*ss take if hes benched like

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 14, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #6

    @ JFA

    Has anyone ever got the treble?

    3 in a row?

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  • G

    Jan 14, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Wasn’t there some guff about Ben Arfa having something in his contract about not being a winger? Sounded like horsep**s to me like? To be honest, the best play I have seen of him is when out wide running inside. From the centre, like it has already been well documented, he gives the ball away far to cheaply.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Dunno,but as long as it pi**es bills-son off I’m happy
    HWTL

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  • partizanovec

    Jan 14, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #9

    He will start for sure, and I think it will be on the right wing slot.
    And will score a cracker along with Best. 2:0 the scoreline.
    HTL!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Thanks to everyone who wished we well for the birth of my daughter and also for my 40th birthday,this is imo the the best place to share opinion,and thanks to NUFC.com for the job they do too .xxx

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  • G

    Jan 14, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Wherever he plays, I agree with AP on this one. Skillwise, he is miles beyond anybody else in our squad, but for discipline (on the pitch, not off it) he needs to get his head into the Prem. Hasn’t that always been the curse of French players with the Toon though? Ginola, undoubted tallent, didn’t know how to track back and help the team, seemed to walk for about 80 mins a game. Robert, similar to Ginola, but had no idea how to aid his full-back in a ‘move round one’ formation that Bobby R preffered. Goma, decent Centre Half, head turned by a move to London so his heart was never truly in it. Dumas, ditto, but homesick. Distan, greedy. N’Zog, who thought the gooners would lap him up (hows that move to Arsenal shaping up… I mean Villa via Wigan?). Out of all our recent Frenchies, there are only the likes of Olly Bernard (First spell… obviously), Sibierski, and Cabaye who whilst wearing our colours did great jobs. Must be something in the Gallic temprament perhaps? Anyway, we deffo have a French feel about us now, albeit mainly African / French. Hopefully kharma will be restored and the guys we have on board, as well as any potential targets will keep us right.

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  • boater

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #12

    There is a bit missing from this interview, where Pardew says he is going to try him on the right wing for a while. Excellent so we can play my team with Vuckic off Shola up front.

    I would like to see us try a 4-3-3 at some point with the players we have. That way the Arfa quandary solves itself.

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  • G

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Happy birthday JFA for whenever it was. Had another new daughter recently myself (September). Hope yours brings as much joy into your home as mine does…. now if only I could do something about the bloody teething noise?!

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  • boater

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #14

    JFA – nice one mate.

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Boater, something like

    ————-krull
    Simmo Willo colo santon
    —Cabaye Tiote Guthrie
    –Ben Arfa Shola Vuckic

    ?

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  • partizanovec

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #16

    well well, toon supporters with daughters… Happy birthday jfa, all the best to you and your princess..
    G, me too having a 3yo girl, and another coming at the end of April. Will be fun.

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  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #17

    all havng childrens . is it only me who is yet to get married? i wana bcum a father to lol

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  • partizanovec

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #18

    roster, to bcum a father itls not required to be married, lol…

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Says in the bottom of the article in the sun we are closing in on Aly Cissohko….

    you know not to believe a tranfer story when the paper dont have enough confidence in it to run it as its own story.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #20

    Boater, with Santon looking very accomplished, i think we could try a 4-3-3 soon, couldnt before as Raylor was too vulnerable I think.

    Means we can go with Tiote, Cabaye and Guthrie if he manages to show his exceptional (and i mean exceptional i thought he was showing Cabaye how its done) form before he got injured.

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #21

    I see QPR are linked with Henrique. Different gravy that kid, him and Neymar will run the world of football in 5 or 6 years. Incredible.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #22

    O

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  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 14, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #23

    🙂

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  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Jan 14, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #24

    QPR are literally pi$$ing in the wind with their transfers.

    Linked with Drogba, Tevez and now Henrique….
    Don’t be surprised if they get linked with Ronaldo soon. =.=

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 14, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #25

    I am also a bachelor roasted pork

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  • Partizan

    Jan 14, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    Comment #26

    Bachelors rules 🙂

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  • Thump

    Jan 14, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #27

    I swear Pardew is Playing with fire with these HBA comments…

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  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Jan 14, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #28

    To this day, I still do not understand why we sold Sibierski. Really liked him when he played for the Toon.

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  • Widowmaker

    Jan 14, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #29

    I think PA is talking slightly too much about HBA in public. The only person needs to listen these comment is HBA himself.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 14, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #30

    @28 lets just hope wor benny is the kinda player thats responds to publuc pressure just hope that he starts in front of obertan cos loosing your place to him is enough to knock any1s confidence!

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  • Oleg G

    Jan 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #32

    “I think of Cristiano Ronaldo, when he arrived, and even Eric Cantona, to a degree. …..
    “I’m not suggesting for one minute he’s going to be as good as those players….”

    Why would you say that?
    Maybe I am off here with the british way of saying things but that just sounds to me like – I am not suggesting he will be as good as those players hh…. meaning you don’t expect him to be great? What kind of mentality is this? And with your most talented player in the squad?

    Also, sounds like HBA has some problems with taking things seriously. That isn’t good. I thought he has good work ethics and from AP’s words sounds like he doesn’t. I am a huge fan of the player but maybe I was too fast to become that, like players with a high workrate like Tiote, Jonas and Ba. Players who work al 90 mins like a machine, and even if they make mistakes, they show spirit and fight fight fight.

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  • swoopingmagpie

    Jan 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #33

    We can’t have players telling the manager how to run the team can we. Ben is recieving a mild slap on the wrist for such arrogance. That’s why his performance is constantly critisised and under performers like the winger he replaced on Sat. are given carte blanche with impunity. He should be played as a deep lying centre forward – in some games anyway, but never left out of the team. He has just come back from a broken leg for goodness sake and is overcoming that situation in great style. Go Ben: and get a life Pardew. No your right ! I don’t regatd you as the Toon Messiah; you might believe that in your own lunchtime, but not me.

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  • Rozzy

    Jan 14, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #34

    34th

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  • Oleg G

    Jan 14, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #35

    Rozzy // Jan 14, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    🙂

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  • toon_army_redlichtie85

    Jan 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #36

    ………………….krul…………….
    Perch….willo….colo…….santoon
    Raylor…gosling…cabaye…Jonas
    ………..Best….goala ameobi…….

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  • toon_army_redlichtie85

    Jan 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #37

    Who is actually injured for the toon against qpr ?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 14, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #38

    Taylor, marveaux,sammy

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 14, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #39

    Why are people moaning about what Pards has said he? Its true is it not?

    We can’t ignore HBA faults just because u like him. Also can’t blame his faults on his injury as he has been like this throughout his career

    He wants the no 10 spot he earns it

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  • toon_army_redlichtie85

    Jan 14, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #40

    Thanks geordietoon 🙂
    So
    Harper
    Taven
    Ben arfa ( or start in place of goala ameobi )
    Obertoon
    Abied
    Lover

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