Ben Arfa Challenged To Make First Team At Newcastle


Newcastle fans may get to see their first glimpse of Hatem Ben Arfa tonight at Hartlepool, as the French International is due to play some part of the game at Victoria Park.

Ben Arfa – at Paris hearing last month

It seems that Ben Arfa may not make the first league game a week on Saturday against Spurs, after only returning to training after the Euro 210 tournament early last week, but it doesn’t look he is anywhere near up to speed yet, according to Alan Pardew.

Former Newcastle player and current ESPN analyst Chris Waddle has talked about the Frenchman today, and says it’s no wonder he is a favorite with Newcastle fans,  but as we know, he can also be a frustrating player at times too.

This is what Chris Waddle told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Ben Arfa can be a frustrating player. I think he showed that at the European Championships where he didn’t pull any trees up.”

“He can have moments of brilliance, which we saw at Newcastle, he can have good spells, he can score a wonder goal or do a little dribble that gets the fans on their feet.”

“I know the Geordie fans love entertainers.” “But what he has struggled with throughout his career is consistency.” “That is why he’s in the team some weeks and others he’s not.”

“He’s obviously got a little bit of fire in him.” “He wants to play all of the time which is good but the consistency stopped him doing that.”

“You can see why the Geordie fans have taken to him as they they love players who can go past people and beat a man and excite you.”

“That’s why he falls into that category.”

Ben Arfa has had his troubles with authority in his career, and some of that blew up again at the Euros when he clashed with France manager Laurent Blanc, and he was warned as to his future conduct at a meeting last month in Paris with the French Football Federation.

But there’s been no trouble with the lad on Tyneside at all, although it doesn’t seem that anybody gets to mess too much with Alan Pardew,  who has handled Frenchman brilliantly at Newcastle.

But Alan is well aware of Ben Arfa’s inconsistency, and only yesterday was calling on the Frenchman for more of that in the upcoming season.

Ben Arfa will also have a few challenges for his right wing spot next term, including from new boy Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi and Gabby Obertan.

It will be good to see how Ben Arfa looks tonight at Hartlepool United, and we need Ben Arfa in great form next season, if Newcastle are going to do as well as we did last season – or even better – which would be simply fantastic.

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18 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully just some strong words from Pardew to kick Benny boys butt into gear ready for the season. Couldn’t handle this place if he’s not starting games on a regular basis before January.

    Hope to get some Benny magic tonight, give Spurs a little something to think about.

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  • HullMag6

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    His attitude will always be something to watch hopefully Pards can do enough to stop him becoming another nasty Nasri.

    What we saw at the euros with Nasri and Ribery was we the talent but our egos are bigger, pure arrogance hence they didn’t do so well.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    I can see hba, cisse and ba as a front three, with ba and cisse sharing the central role with ba. A fluid formation like that always confuses defences.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    HullMag…Sadly there is a whole list of players whose egos managed to get in the way of their respective careers. I hope Arfa doesn’t go this way. Based on last season, he seemed to take instruction and play for the team as well as some wonderful one man displays. I hope for more of the same.

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  • HullMag6

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m hoping for a nice birthday present from UEFA on Friday. An easy draw for the toon. Oh and one from Mike, Del and Lee get someone signed to calm the fearful ones.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    HullMag…If that happened, I would consider it an early Birthday present for us all.

    Happy Birthday for Friday.

    Whilst we’re doing the Birthday rounds, Happy Birthday to you too Indian.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Who the fcuk is Chris waddle to question Ben Arfa?

    I smell jealousy!

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  • quitesimple

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

    The only inconsistency is Pardews hesitence to start him every week, he has never failed to impress me in the black and white. I just pray we dont ask him to change his style too much

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza, from last post. You want me to persist with the jokes? Ok: why did the chicken cross the road?
    Because it just did, right? Why should it have its motives questioned!?

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Why do all these ex mags always feel the need to ridicule everything about our club?

    The fans do that enough already!

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  • Whistler

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #11

    ‘Ben Arfa will also have a few challenges for his right wing spot next term, including from new boy Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi and Gabby Obertan’…..

    Seriously Ed, do you really think Amalfitano, Obertan and Ameobi are anywhere near good enough to challenge Ben Arfa?

    I wish people would stop building our fringe players up to be something they’re not….we have a few youngsters with genuine promise but our squad is weak in relative terms

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Beattie,
    He’s nowt but a bitter mackem made even more so by the amount of Walls sausages thrown at him over the years and even more sausage related abuse.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #13

    And that quaver has been there for a month at least!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Hmmm…Just realised it’s not Pardew….Beattie, you’re right, why is he mentioning Arfa?

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #15

    @ jfa. Don’t forget his inabillity to pronounce ‘penalty’. Ohhh that’s a definite PELANTY! The pillock.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #16

    Mark…May have been old and soggy, but the cheesy flavour remained. Cheers

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Whistler, good point. Our problem is that we still have some stand out players, supplented by guys who are nor particularly good. I was very unimpressed with Obertan fron day one, and i dont see the likes of Amalfitano, Gosling and Obertan making much of an impact. Markaccus, Pardew will go 4-4-2 most of the time. This is why he was banging on so much about HBA’s work rate last year – he needs the work rate to fit the defensive side of 4-4-2. Dont expect some floating role for HBA.

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  • stunna

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #18

    creepy photo

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