There’s no doubt that Hatem Ben Arfa is one of the most exiting players that Newcastle have on Tyneside at the moment.
A trivia question in the years ahead – what has Ben Arfa just achieved?
As we all know the Frenchman has had a tough time of things since he arrived in August of 2010, and he was out almost a year with that terrible doubel fracture of his left leg that he picked up at Manchester City on 3rd October in 2010.
And this season he’s taken some time to get back to his best, which is understandable, but he has scored three great goals in the last five weeks, one of which against Blackburn was probably the best goal ever seen at St. James’ Park.
So the 8 times capped Frenchman is already leaving some memories for the Newcastle fans, and it seems the lad cans core from almost any position, and he’s a real sight to behold when he’s running with that ball.
Alan Pardew is obviously trying to make him an even better player as he works to fit the French wizard into the Newcastle team, and Alan had this to say today about the 24 year-old:
“Hatem has been sick actually. But he’s trained now, and he’s fit.” “He’s an exciting player that is getting to grips with what we’re about.”
“He’s focused on his positional play and he is getting a lot better.” “The one thing that you can’t underestimate is he’ll get you off your seat.”
“He’ll do things that are fantastic. Even a hardened manager like myself gets satisfaction from that.” “I love to see him running with the ball and taking people on.”
“He knows the Premier League is about energy and he needs to put that on the pitch for 90 minutes. He’s getting better.”
That’s good to know Ben Arfa is okay again, and he didn’t travel to Tenerife with the rest of the lads, and now we know why.
Ben Arfa can be a big player for Newcastle tomorrow afternoon,. as we expect him to start out on the right wing at the Amex Stadium.
And to quote Bon Jovi, maybe the lad will make a memory for us (again) tomorrow afternoon at Brighton.
Ben Arfa is the type of player fans love to watch, because he is an entertainer with mercurial skills, and he is so very good for the game.
For the record, the lad has 19 appearances for Newcastle with four great goals and 3 assists – so far.
Howay The Lads!!