Alan has talked about a couple of players that haven’t been used much recently, but the Newcastle manager thinks will soon come to the fore.
Ben Arfa scoring that fantastic goal against Blackburn
Over the final 13 games of the season Alan Pardew expects both French International Ben Arfa and Shola Ameobi to come forward and help the team during their vital 13 game run-in to the season.
Newcastle will have their strongest side available playing against Wolves tomorrow, and we expect both players to be on the bench, but they could get playing time tomorrow depending on how the game goes, against a side who are again struggling against relegation this season.
This is some of what Alan Pardew had to say yesterday:
“Our home form has been strong, the fans have been brilliant and not made us nervous. They have been on our side every game and that is reflected with results.”
“Papiss and Demba coming back for Villa was a big bonus for us because that was a tough game. But my focus this week has been on Tottenham and making sure we put that into context.”
“Because even with my best team I think on that particular day, they would have beaten us.”
“We have got players, who have been underused this year but I think they are going to come to the fore, like Ben Arfa and Ameobi, who haven’t featured lately.”
“We are going to need people who can unlock the door and these players are going to start featuring as well.” “So although I will be picking my best team, it will be interesting to see how it pans out.”
We’ve noticed that Ben Arfa is a source of discussion on the blog, but we don’t subscribe to the view that if he doesn’t come through this season, then it’s now or never.
Not at all, and we have to remember that he basically was out all last season with that terrible injury, and this is his first real season in English football.
And the lad has 3 assists and 3 great goals, one of which was probably the best individual goal ever scored at St. James’ Park in the 120 years history of it being the home to Newcastle United.
So in that context the lad has done well, and his stats this season are good in that in 17 appearances he has three goals and three assists, and in 21 total appearances for Newcastle he has 4 goals and 3 assists.
Alan Pardew is trying to sort out how and where to play him in the team, and the 8 times capped French International will need to improve his work rate a little, and not lose the ball so much.
But he’ s got those mercurial skills that can unlock any defense, and he can still be a valuable player for Newcastle this season, and then when we finally get back into Europe.
Shola Ameobi has looked hopeless in the last few games he’s played, and we know he’s a lot better than that, so we have to hope that Shola can still get some goals for the side through the end of the season.
Not every player can start of course, but Newcastle need to make sure over the summer months that we have enough good players in the squad, who can come in and get the job done for the side.
We haven’t had enough of those types of players this season if the truth be told, and that’s one area we think Newcastle will be trying to improve in the next transfer window.
What do you think?