Some good news today that Alan Pardew seems very confident that a certain Hatem Ben Arfa is now fully fit, and in training he is showing some of those mercurial skills that the Frenchman possesses, and of course the 13 times capped French International is just loved by Newcastle fans.
Hatem Ben Arfa – showing great form in training
When Ben Arfa arrived at the Newcastle Airport in August three years ago, to try to push a move through to the Tyneside club from Marseilles, he knew all about some of the great French players that had graced St. James’ Park such as David Ginola and Laurent Robert, and he wanted to play in front of the Newcastle fans, who he knew were more than a little passionate about their club.
And Ben Arfa has already scored two simply fantastic goals at St. Jame’s Park, against Blackburn Rovers and Bolton in 2012, and they were two of the best individual goals ever seen at the famous stadium.
But Ben Arfa has still only played 56 times for Newcastle in three seasons at the club, and he’s scored 11 goals and had 10 assists, which is a good return for the games he’s played, but his time on Tyneside has been simply ravaged by injury.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the French Intentional in the local papers today:
“He’s a player fans love as he brings excitement. You’re on the edge of your seat.” “Newcastle have always had a tradition of that type of player.”
“It’s important for me that we’ve got him in the squad.” “He’s that type of player.” “When we finished fifth, he had a few games where he was almost unplayable.”
“If he gets back to that level, he’ll definitely threaten the French team, and I mean the starting XI rather than the squad.” “Who knows what level he can get to if he stays 100% fit?”
“His injury in the second leg of the Maritimo game was a massive blow to us last year. Really and truly, he never recovered.” “He wasn’t quite right.” “But we told him to have a complete rest this summer and let his hamstring heal, which he’s done.”
“Now it’s about putting the work in so he’s strong enough to sustain a season.” There are few worse sights for Premier League defenses when Ben Arfa is running at them full pelt.”
“We’ve had him flat-out, and he’s already reached the top speed he’s had at this football club.” “Fingers crossed, he’ll get his first bit of action, and he’ll get stronger as we go on. He’s a player fans love as he brings excitement.”
“All of them missed big chunks of the season.” “Hatem, obviously.” “Colo we missed for large chunks, and Mathieu too.” “And Cabaye.” “Those four players are very important to us.”
“It’d be nice to see them with Newcastle shirts on looking strong.”
We are hoping that Faye Downey’s introduction at the club as a strength and fitness consultant, will help prevent the many injuries we picked up last season, including Ben Arfa’s bad hamstring strain he picked up against Maritimo, and kept him out for most of the rest of the season.
Newcastle would have done a lot better last season, had we not had so many severe injuries to some of our best players like Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Fabricio Coloccini, Tim Krul and and Steven Taylor.
It will be great to see Ben Arfa back in action tonight.
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