Danny Simpson thinks that Ben Arfa has had an up and down season, but he’s now getting back to full match fitness again, after his terrible broken leg, and it shows.
The great Ben Arfa – in action last Sunday
Danny plays behind Ben Arfa, and he’s played with some great wingers at Manchester United, and he knows class when he sees it. So do Newcastle fans.
This is what Simpson told the local press today:
“I know what he’s like with the ball at his feet so I will be trying to give it to him as much as I can.”
“We see it in training every day. At West Brom it all clicked with our front six. The diamond system worked with Yohan, Jonas and of course Hatem and the front lads.”
“They were all on the same page and West Brom couldn’t live with them. They will be dangerous against any defence in the league.” “As long as we’re solid at the back we’ll have players who can score goals.”
“I just encourage Ben Arfa to take players on – I’ll shout that from behind.” “Any full-back in the land doesn’t want him running at them.” “He can go left or right so he’s a problem for full-backs.”
“We must keep him focused – he’s a great player.” “Hatem is playing in front of me and I will help him all I can.” “He’s had an up and down season.” “But now he’s really over his injury.”
“It’s hard to get over that sometimes and now we’re seeing the real Ben Arfa.” “His confidence is back, and if you give him the ball you know what he can do.”
Hatem Ben Arfa was a sight to behold in that first half last Sunday, and the front three of Ben Arfa, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse certainly clicked big time.
When the Frenchman is on the ball he looks just terrific, and just before he scored that goal with his left foot, when he shimmied back and forth before hitting the ball wide of Fosters right hand, I nearly fell off my seat.
So he had me going the wrong way, and if there were any doubts that he’s just as good as he was before he broke his left leg, most of those fears have been dimmed this year with his excellent form, and he’s scored 5 great goals this season - so far.
But only one of them was at home, even though it was probably the best individual goal, against Blackburn, ever seen at St. James’ Park in its over 120 year history.
Ben Araf said after the West Brom game that he will be trying to score tomorrow against Liverpool.