Pardew – Ben Arfa Still Has To Increase Energy And Work-Rate


Alan Pardew is still challenging our mercurial midfielder Ben Arfa to increase both his work-rate and energy when he’s playing for Newcastle.

Ben Arfa – he’s trying to improve work-rate

That has to be a general statement because  the lad worked his socks off for Newcastle against QPR, and had a very good game last Sunday in Newcastle’s fine 1-0 victory.

The big surprise last Sunday was after scoring  one of the best goals ever seen at St. James Park in its 120 year history as the home of Newcastle United (in the game against Blackburn)  – that still wasn’t enough to get him  a starting position last Sunday against QPR.

And on Sunday Ben Arfa made a big difference to the side after he came on in the first half,  and helped the lads get all 3 points against a rejuvenated QPR under new manager Mark Hughes.

Alan Pardew has again talked about Ben Arfa to the local press today:

“The challenge is still for Hatem to get in this team.” “His energy and his workrate needs to improve – I make no bones about that.”

“The goal against Blackburn will do him no harm at all.” “As good a player as he is, he still needs confidence and goals.”

“He scored at Bolton, and he scored against Blackburn here in another cameo.” “He’s been injured for a year – people forget that.”

“We’ve got to make sure we get that talent on the pitch more than we’re getting it at the minute.”  “He’s given us another option, and it’s something we’ll be looking at.”     

“There are players who have become legends in this country – Ronaldo, for example – who have taken their time to understand what this division’s about.”

We still think Ben Arfa has a very good chance of becoming a great player for Newcastle, and the fact that he seems to be listening  to what his manger is saying is a very good sign.

And give the lad credit, he needs some time to get used to the pace and physical nature of the Premier League,  and he’s also coming back from that terrible double fracture of his left leg.

Quite honestly we think Ben Arfa is doing just fine,  but he will again likely start on the bench at Craven Cottage with Pardew likely to start the same side as against QPR.

That’s assuming Yohan Cabaye is fit, but that looks to be the case.

There’s a chance he could start as second striker to Leon Best on Saturday, but we think Pardew will stick with Shola Ameobi, who is due a goal for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.



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242 comments so far

  • martoon

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Could I be 1st?

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  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Here we go.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Pards should probably get off his back about this.

    I think he gets the message….”run and score…got it!”

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  • ryan_toon

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Nontheless, watching Ben Arfa during a game excites me so much. Can’t wait till he becomes a regular starter!

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  • ryan_toon

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Btw, you guys heard of anything about Portsmouth’s Stephen Hnderson? Is he any good? Saw from an article that we were linked with him.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    I think Pardew has said enough now. There’s no doubt he would not have bought Ben Arfa – doesnt suit 4-4-2 and lacks defensive workrate and energy / intensity.

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  • Manx Magpie

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #7

    “Five Brighton footballers arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman” interesting…..

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  • hrocks

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #8

    brighton had 5 players arrested over alleged sex attack in july.
    how long before titus is linked in with that one

    ben arfas problem is we do not have mobile strikers. once the 2 dembas are playing he will come into his own
    when they start pulling defenders about we will see space created for both jonas and cabaye giving him options
    ben arfa has a good eye for a pass its just he doesnt have the right options at the moment

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Munster

    Huh? He did buy Ben Arfa :/

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ve a funny feeling he wont start him again on Saturday.
    Hope im wrong.

    If it was up to me I would play him on the Left & play Jonas on the right against Fulham….

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #11

    TDS
    That was mean, u didnt have to blow Munsters argument completely out of the water!

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Oh bugger! I thought Ben Arfa was here when he arrived? I’ll get me coat ……

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #13

    ffs, why is pardew talking about this with the press?!

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Im getting worried as to how we are going to use HBA in the future. He clearly has too much skill to sit on our bench. And he is definitely improving with each game.

    I just dont get it. We wont play him on RW where we know he can do the job. But we wont give him time as number 10 because we dont think he can quite yet?

    Makes no sense.

    Honestly Benny and Jonas should be our wingers. With roaming roles. Let them cut in let them switch sides. Let them do whatever the hell they want. Jonas looked great against QPR and he seemed to be doing whatever the hell he wanted.

    And Santon is a very attacking minded LB so he can help out in that respect.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Munster haha.. He was here on loan, Pardew chose to sign him permanently – even though he had a broken leg. You’re not going completel mad (;

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  • nimo

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #16

    hba was on loan when he arrived and was injured when signed

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Anyway guys. Putting my accumulator on for the weekend. Any tips?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Oh my goodness, I have an exam in 3 hours and I’m on here -.-

    Bad bad times. My motivations hit a record low!

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  • DanishToon

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #19

    F**king Redknapp after Krul now.. when will he stop? Rednosed arse

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  • nimo

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #20

    i think now whave two class strikers we may use a no.10 more than wingers.. imo you can’t have wingers and a no.10

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #21

    TDS

    Good luck. Sometimes its best to be relaxing before an exam.

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Sooooo…. HBA won’t start at Fulham.

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  • nimo

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #23

    my tip is to back against huddersfield.. hoping Rhodes head has been turned by transfer rumours And there normally favourites to win there games

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  • Irie-Magpie

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Lads,
    I think we’re not getting it, what AP is saying here is that Benny is our “playmaker” and wants him to realize this.
    Just take a look at Silva for City he’s all go holding up the ball, tracking back making the passes that open up defense that ultimately leads to goals and winning matches, But Benny needs to show more of this instincts because if he’s always heading for goal and or losing the ball and not tracking back then we won’t see this 433 that i believe AP wants to play.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #25

    I think Pardew knows that Arfa is a mercurial player for us. He offers our team something which no other player in this division maybe apart from Silva at city can provide.

    He’s not letting Arfa get carried away at all. He’s saying all this to lay down a challenge to Arfa and be 1 of the best players in the Premier league.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #26

    LGFUAD

    Thanks mate. Yeah I know it is – I usually never work on the day of an exam. But usually I actually know stuff (;

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #27

    On HBA – althought I do trust Pardew, I worry about how Benny will feel if he’s being left out when Ba’s away 😐

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #28

    LGFUAD21

    Spot on. Just hope pards can see that.

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  • toonincheek

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #29

    As was said above, HBA needs fast mobile strikers making runs to give him options and make the most talent – his vision and producing the unexpected.

    More likely to start when Cisse and Ba return.

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  • MsiaMagpie

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #30

    check this out guy
    hatem n leon best in training

    http://youtu.be/5COUwMZZvyc

    btw im new here

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #31

    ilovetoon8788 – Yup clearly it’s Pardew trying to make Ben Arfa the NEW Ronaldo in the league. He wants Ben Arfa to become our Modric, our Silva our Ronaldo. I have complete faith in Pardew and know he is playing his cards right. It’s very frustrating to abide by this waiting game as I am just as anxious as most fans anticipating Ben Arfa’s prolonged ruin in the side. Hopefully that’s not too far away.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #32

    * I meant prolonged ‘RUN’ in the side lol

    Benny just keep doing what you did against QPR with a bit more of a threat to the opposition and you’re already there.

    HWTL!!

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Irie-Magpie & ilovetoon8788

    Good posts. I think if you look back at the video someone posted of Benny against QPR, he was kind of doing that. He was holding up the ball, making canny passes that opened up the field. Its just that Best was clearly knackered and Shola’s head was not in that game in the second half. So many times he was not where he should know as an experienced striker to be.

    That said I think that Cisses style of play will be really complemented by someone like Benny giving ariel delivery.

    The only way we wouldve scored a second against QPR was if we just made Raylor, Guthrie and Benny take hopeful long range shots outside the box.

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  • geordie@bergen_norway

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #34

    Fulham-game:

    Krul
    Santon – Willo – Colo – Simpson
    Raylor – Guthrie – Gosling – Jonas
    Best – Shola

    Hoping for HBA, but i think AP will go for Shola to cope with Fulham’s air threat (Dempsey, Hangeland, Zamora).

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  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #35

    geordie@bergen_norway, Pardew will not put Simpson on the left.

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  • boater

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #36

    TDS – good luck in your exam mate. What’s in on?

    Ed – get shola on the banner.. credit for his service. Enough people requested it now. We divvent throw people on the scrap heap at the toon.

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  • geordie@bergen_norway

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #37

    GeordieGesus, ah, my bad!
    Swap Santon and Simpson and there you have it 🙂

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  • Toon GI Jordan

    Jan 19, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #38

    geordie@bergen_norway, I don’t think he will start Gosling either.

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  • geordie@bergen_norway

    Jan 19, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #39

    Toon GI Jordan, isn’t Cabaye still out? Maybe Vuckic then?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 19, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #40

    boater

    Algebra. I’m in my final year of a maths degree. More fool me ey? (;

    Not sure if Ed reads through the comments. But I agree – might drop him an email later

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