Alan Pardew has told French International Hatem Ben Arfa he will need to fight for his place at Newcastle United.
Ben Arfa – scoring that great goal against Blackburn
After Hatem’s mediocre showing at Blackburn last Wednesday night in the first half, he was replaced by James Perch in midfield, and James showed some steel and helped Newcastle get to grips with the game.
And the lads eventually came away with a 2-0 win, but they were lucky, especially in that first half.
And Perch kept his place in the side and played solidly again on Sunday, when he partnered Danny Guthrie and they both played well in the center of the park, and Danny was easily our Man of the Match.
Ben Arfa didn’t get on the field on Sunday, and it seems in close games he just gives the ball away too much, and even becomes a liability, although his mercurial skills are there for all to see.
This is what manager Alan Pardew said today about the 24 year-old, and it seems he wants the former Marseilles and Lyon player to work a lot harder when he’s playing in Newcastle’s colors:
“Hatem still hasn’t quite grasped, in my opinion, this Premier League. He’s got unbelievable talent, but he’s not used to it.”
“He’s got to fight now to get in this team.” “He could still have a massive impact on this season, but we need to see him at his best.”
“He isn’t out of the picture yet.”
With Papiss Cisse signed by the club, the top two choices up front will be the Senegal duo, and it will be hard for Ben Arfga now to play the laid back striker role.
His best position is probably on the right wing, but Gabby Obertan showed again on Sunday he is a player who’s improving on Tyneside, and he’s willing to work his socks off for the side, as he showed on Sunday afternoon.
And Ryan Taylor also gives Newcastle an option on the right wing, and he has that great ability to cross the ball, is dangerous from free kicks, and even has a long throw-in as well – and he defends well when he has to.
It’s surprising that Ben Arfa is finding it so hard to get into the Newcastle first team, but with the way Newcastle play the game, hard work by everybody all over the field, Ben Arfa doesn’t fit well in that mold – at least not at the moment.
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