Alan Pardew – Ben Arfa Due Back In Two To Three Weeks

Alan Pardew basked in the glow of three new signings this week  in his press conference yesterday afternoon – and four this month – Moussa Sissoko had not yet been announced, and he also pointed to the fantastic form of Yohan Cabaye, and said that the great Ben Arfa was due back in two to three weeks time, from the  hamstring injury he  made worse when he played at Fulham in early December.

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Yohan Cabaye – in outstanding for at the moment

Alan has said the extra competition the five new signings will bring will also give some competition and hopefully energize some of the players already in the squad – and getting a place on the bench is now going to be difficult – but the strong bench will also give the manager some options in games – something he hasn’t had much of since early November – when our fall from grace started.

This is what Alan said yesterday:

“There were key areas in the team which needed strengthening because the most important thing for a Premier League team is competition.” “It is not necessarily about the players who are coming in. It is about the effect they have on the players we already have, the increased level of intensity in training is already gone up with the arrival of these players, and that is what you need.”

“Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is a player with fantastic leadership skills, great, great potential and fantastic power and that is what this team needs. We lack a bit of power in this team and these signings will help that.”  “As I say, the players that we have brought in, without giving too much away, are going to add some pace in our team, some energy and energize some of the players we have.”

“We already have Cabaye back and that is probably the biggest signing we have had in the last two weeks. He looks really terrific, we look in much better shape than seven days ago and that is how it should be. We definitely needed to do what we have done.”

“Every day as manager of Newcastle United is exciting, trust me.” “I’ve had another one today.” “I think it’s going to be difficult. I’ve faced this before at West Ham, I got the sack just before the window opened and was very upset as I didn’t get the chance to change what I knew needed to be changed.”

Newcastle still have only three experienced strikers, and we’ll see Yoan Gouffran at some stage at Villa Park on Tuesday night – and his speed should pose a huge threat to the Villa defense, and give Newcastle something different up front.

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Ben Arfa – due back in two to three weeks

We need to score goals – and our defense needs to tighten up big time – but with Coloccini now staying for the rest of the season – we look forward to the Newcastle defense being a lot more solid in the final 15 games of the season.

So that if we do get ahead in games – we’ll be able to keep that lead and wrap up all 3 points in games.

And getting Ben Arfa back will give us some of that extra creativity we need.

Howay The Lads!!

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20 comments so far

  • hatem786

    Jan 26, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1


  • hatem786

    Jan 26, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    it will be great to have him back….king arfa…


  • Grafton83

    Jan 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Repost: The fact that San Lorenzos official club website is a facebook page where any idiot can upload nonsense says it all about the validity of this letter. I’m suprised anyone has given it enough credibility to deem it worthy of a news report.

  • quitesimple

    Jan 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    my ideal line up for the season

    debuchy mbiwa coloccini haidara
    ben arfa sissoko cabaye santon
    cisse aubemayang

    just need aubemayang in and thats my dream nufc team right there

  • Ian Toon

    Jan 26, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Alan Depardieu is the manager!!!

  • Grafton83

    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    debuchy mbiwa coloccini haidara
    Gourffan sissoko cabaye santon
    Marv/Ben Arfa

    Even better, no need for PEA

  • Jayden

    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Our First XI + Bench:
    Krul, Debuchy, Yanga-M’Biwa, Coloccini, Santon, Tiote, Sissoko, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Cisse.

    Elliot, Haidara, S. Taylor, Bigi, Anita, Gutierrez, Gouffran.

    MUCH better, compared to earlier in the season.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Hopefully signing Gouffran will allow HBA to play in bis preferred number 10 role. I reckon we need to sign a winger as that is now (arguably) our weakest department. Aubemayang or RVW and a winger would be the dream end to what has been an amzing window. I would also like to see us wrap up a deal for the Thauvin (did I spell that right?) as he has a lot of potential and great experience for a player of his age. It’s been amazing so far but I hope it hasn’t finished yet…

  • Geordiedownunder

    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    One of the main plusses for the incoming players is we won’t lose any for the ACN! So full strength all the way apart from regular euro matches..
    Good stuff!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #10

    I bet Ian is annoyed no one has built a statue to his ego by now.

    Re – last thread.

    This is the big question Ed. Can’t help thinking Pardew would have preferred the likes of Tomkinson over M’Biwa and a Carlton Cole over a Gouffran as in shades of Tevez and Mascherano being dropped in favour of Harewood and Mullins.

    Ashley and Carr obviously like the French model, I’m not so sure Pardew does. Despite his words to the the contrary, Pardew is clearly not a winner. Ian and the pro- Pardew group will still make endless apologies and excuses for him in the face of a largely unremarkable record and equally uninspiring CV to match.

    Taking Charlton from the premiership to the bottom 3 of the championship before being fired is a bit special. 2.5 good seasons over a 10+ year career with no trophies (Johnson Painter aside) does not a summer and swallow make.

    These signings that no one can not be excited about should buffer us to safety. Is pardew the man to take us to another level with all the newly assembled pool of talent? History would suggest otherwise. Maybe the best signing is yet to come….

  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    The good thing is that when people put their first 11 down, there is still the likes of Cheick, Marv, Anita, and to an extent Jonas and Obertan, Haidara, Shola, Saylor and Elliot on the bench. That is quality.

    Whatever 11 plays, you have 7 or 8 waiting who can do a job now.

    Perch and Willo now face a fight to make the bench, where as before they were in the team.

    So many positives and as Pards says, serious pace and power. Sissoko and Mapou are impressive characters as well as being great players.

    This is a new beginning for us. And we have a part to play, let these lads know they made the right choice.

  • Jayden

    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    If that letter is actually from Colo, and Saylor was guaranteed not to be injured for the rest of the season (theoretically, ofc. Perfect knowledge is impossible), I would have no reservations about pairing MYM and Sayls until summer.

    Unless, ofc, Colo screws his nut on tight and focuses on his job, of which he is bound by a contract HE signed.

  • Phoenix

    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Aubemayang plays for Gabon so could be off to acon in two years time along with cisse if both were here,rather went for wolfy

  • Ian Toon

    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda- You are a wag. Nothing has yet been achieved where it matters on the field. I am not inclined to get the bunting out just yet. We need to start winning football matches. I would not be surprised if only Yanga and Sissoko start @ Villa. I am not into the I told you so but I will be plain relieved when we get points on the board. See Benteke and Agbonlahore were rested last night. To finish on a high note don’t rule out Jonas as a starter to be replaced by Gouffran .

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Royunda, time to give it a break. I have been massively diappointed with Pardew this season and have communicated this, in fair terms, many times. However lets give him a fair chance to change things a bit with these players. I think fairness demands that.

  • numba9

    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Great to have Benny back he is fantastic to watch and hope colo stays as we would have hard job replacing such class and experience blend .

  • Crawfordladd17

    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    We cannot go down, we have so many winable games left, Villa, Scum, Home to Stoke Fulham and Southampton, QPR and Wigan. We will get at least a point against Arsenal and Liverpool too

  • headtheball

    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #18

    Ian Toon @5
    But Depardieu is a comedian with a face like Mr Potato Head. OH! Gotcha!

  • Jam only For H.ben Arfa

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Gouffran c’est un attaquant comme cissé et D.Ba, certains le mettent au milieu, réfléchissez un peu les gars

  • gazzaforever

    Jan 26, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Laisse tomber, au milieu ou sur les cotes c est une grosse chevre. Vivement le retour d hatem


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