Hatem Is Such A Maverick – We Can Get Bags Of Goals


In truth we didn’t play great in the first half yesterday,  and at half-time we looked a little inept up front,  and the game was rather boring,  with both sides struggling to get going – but it was all change in the last 30 minutes, when Newcastle came to life and as usual were spurred on by the fantastic St. James’ Park crowd.

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Hatem Ben Arfa – a maverick – surely not 😀

Alan Pardew must have been a relived man yesterday,  although he didn’t show all that much emotion at the end of the game, but he knows it was a great result for Newcastle – there’s no doubt about that.

And Alan talked about Ben Arfa and called the mercurial one a maverick:

“We showed the power we have got but haven’t had available.” “Suddenly we looked like we could get bags of goals.” “It was unbelievable in the second half we could have two or three.

“Fulham frustrate you.” “But we put more pressure on the game.” “We increased our attacking options to get us under the line.” “I’m pleased for our fans.”

“Hatem is such a maverick.” “He is difficult to manage in terms of getting a structure to the team.” “But he’s got exceptional talent.”  “Remy came on and we looked like we doubled our threat.”

It’s true what Alan says, and my heart flutters a bit when Ben Arfa gives the ball away in those very bad positions  on the pitch – but hey – Ben Arfa is what he is, and he does give the ball away too much.

You can take him or leave him.

We’ll take him – without a doubt – thank you very much.

He was the match winner yesterday with that simply superb goal – another one to add to his growing collection at Newcastle.

Howay The Lads!!

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52 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    1st?

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  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Attack Toon attack attack!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    @GFN_France: Christophe Josse on @beinsport announces that Florian Thauvin’s move to Marseille is ‘basically done’. #LOSC #OM (@saaian)

    @GFN_France: Jean Michel Aulas’ comments last night almost definitely mean that Bafetimbi Gomis will be staying at Lyon. #OL #NUFC

    @NUFC_Stats: No team has played FEWER long balls per game on average in the Premier League so far this season than NUFC – 49 #nufc

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Repost,
    Holtby is a great player, and I’d imagine given the influx of players at the club will be regretting his move there. I said in Jan (and last summer) he was a player we should look at. Unfortunately Levy did instead.

    If we are still after a big strong defender I’d look at the young English lad at Sporting Lisbon, Eric Dier. Young, English, learnt football at the Sporting Club who have a good tradition with developing talent.

    I doubt we will get anything other than 1 potential centre forward, and that is a big if given our work so far in the window.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    3rd?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Lilo
    Holtby is fantastic, the only reason I bought his name is apparently he’s been told he can go on loan

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7

    where’s the 20 million every season MA was suppose to be spending????????????????

    looks to me Cabs is going, if so why haven’t we gone for a replacement now instead of waiting for Cabs to go??????

    it just shows that MA has entirely no interest in bringing players in and all the BS MA said last season that history wont repeat itself well he deserves to be punished and punished hard

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  • Fostino

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    we aint signing holtby im afraid. the only realistic replacement for cabaye i could see us getting last minute might be james mccarthy….a good player but is he good enough?

    would love to see ince or mcmanaman in and obertan, jonas, romain out
    shola out and ba in

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Tads,
    Do we really want loan players though? Unless it is with the option to buy? I’d take it if that is all we can get, but if that is all we can get then that is worrying in itself! Cabaye out, Holtby and Moses in would be a great close to the window, but…well, I think we know the but.

    Cestria,
    I think Siem is a pipe dream especially with Eriksen leaving. How is he doing after his collapsed lung? Is he out for long? Not sure how long the rehab is for that, but I’d imagine it is lengthy.

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  • yo-yo

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    You don’t build a team around a maverick – you need a mroe solid foundation than that.
    But you can build a team to give the maverick space to play – and it requires movement off the ball from other players into space and for them to be ready to receive a quick pass – Hatem’s two good crosses should have yielded two goals yesterday.
    He can do it – he should have had two assists as well if the strikers had done their jobs – but needs to play with his head up and not down at his feet – he’ll never distribute the ball well unless he develops his own vision.
    I think Pardew was entirely right to make the comments about his decison making first half – they clearly have a good relationship and AP was actually praising him – just not unconditionally. IF Benny can get that vision part of his game sorted he will be world class and not just class.

    I think its unlikely we will get anybvody else in now – it’ll be a miracle – and no way will Cabs be replaced if he goes as Joke just ain’t up to it.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Holtby couldn’t fit into our squad, he would be 3rd best to any player we got, plus MA won’t pay his wages, and also why on earth would he want to come to a unambitious team sorry the only unambitious team in the entire PL divisions

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  • numba9

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    The fat greedy cockney will wait until Jan to get a cheapo deal if he can by which time we will be in all types of trouble at the wrong end of the table … How long can he keep he keep gambling with our prem status ? 6 years he’s had us and 3 relegation battles were later we look like lookin at 4 . Get out of our club tight wad . There is no guarantee that when relegated you bounce straight back !

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #13

    sorry guys but even McCarthy wouldn’t come and even MA wouldn’t pay 15 million for him, saying that even i wouldn’t pay 15 million for him

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  • alienhunter

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Just putting this one out there…not saying its right or I agree with it.. but its certainly a theory..

    60 million TV deal + 20 million annual investment. For one very quiet summer, that would pay off 80 million of our debt.

    Not saying we dont need new signings etc. but MA might be thinking that if the squad is strong enough to stay up ( a BIG if), then a hugely significant chunk of the loans are repaid.

    Now Im not saying MA would do this, but it might explain the lack of signings.. not that I personally agree with it.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Yoyo,
    Agreed on Benny. If he can improve his football intelligence and play more with his head up then he has all the attributes to be great.

    Black and White with a Lol,
    Holtby 3rd best to ANY player we got? Given he can play on either flank, just behind the striker, and in centre mid, I can only assume you haven’t seen him play much. He would offer a lot more on the left than anyone we have. If Cabaye goes he could easily slot into a midfield trio or as a number 10.

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  • I-Am-Ahab

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Was wondering why Harry jewel was never considered… Was living and looking for s club in the north east… Ended up signing with Melbourne heart on a freefor less than f$50,000AUD for the year in wages…

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Mirror team of the day
    Coloccini and Ben Arfa are in it.

    Opta stats in observer for yesterday team of the day
    Debuchy 88 out of 100 points
    Ben arfa 88 out of 100
    Cisse 78 out of 100

    Interesting because I thought Cisse was poor until Remy and Goufran came on.

    Like to see stats on Debuchy heading the ball – for his size seems to win most headers who-ever he is against. and nearly scored with a header.

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #18

    So we’re not getting Thauvin and we aren’t getting Gomis either.

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  • I-Am-Ahab

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #19

    Haha jewel… Gotta love Autospell… Kewell

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #20

    Course McCarthy would come, step up from Championship playing in front of 10,000 fans to the Prem in front of 50,000. He’d jump at the chance.

    I wouldn’t pay 15mill for him though.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #21

    alienhunter

    good point mate, but here’s another one why did MA have a loan debt over 100 million it certainly wasn’t to buy players

    a few months back someone on here posted the outgoing & incoming of players transfers dated back when MA took over the club and guess what he made profit on outgoings! hm.

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  • cestriasteve

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Holtby can do what our midfield couldnt do last season….. score goals.

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  • Burni

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #23

    Lilongwe…. On the last thread you said Ben arfa was frustrating until the last 15 mins….. I don’t think that’s his fault….

    I know he can give the ball away occasionally but so does messi … So does ronaldo…. Difference is they have their team set up and the players in it to pick up the ball when its taken off them. Hba does not. He was less frustrating in the last 15 mins coz the shape of our team changed…. The players who came on were hungrier and made moreintelligent moves and passes. Something that i believe benefits the team and hba

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #24

    Lilongwe Geordie@15

    i have watched him play and he would improve our squad a lot, but can you see him being in front of Jonas or obertan don’t forget Obertan was AP signing not MA or any1 else, and he wouldn’t get a place in midfield either not with Tiote being 1st choice

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  • NUFC FOR SALE

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Lilongwe Geordie
    50’000 ???? We had less than that first game and less again yesterday.

    McCarthy given the chance to go to us or Everton, he will choose Everton every day because nobody in their right mind would want to join this circus.

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  • cestriasteve

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #26

    Lilongwe, we are back to where the great midfield debate started and my obsession with formation…. its Siem de Jong again!!! Oo how I wish Ajax would sell and he wanted top come!!

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #27

    NUFC FOR SALE

    spot on mate, why would any player want to come to us with all the rubbish going on

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #28

    Burni,
    Not really, there were numerous opportunities for him to put an early ball in to the box in the first half. Both Cisse and Shola were in there, but he held on to it for far too long, trying to beat people. It has nothing to do with him being tackled, everyone gets dispossessed some of the time. It is his reluctance to release it early and his greed that are the main problems for him.

    Those 2 crosses early balls in were the first he has done all season. That is nothing to do with formation. That is because he wants to do it on his own. 2 early balls in, s good chances. That says it all. If he can bring himself to be less greedy, then he could be great.

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  • nico

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #29

    alienhunter

    I said something similar the other day. The club now should make a profit of 30-40 million each year with the extra Sky money and reduced wage bill. That doesn’t include transfers.
    Add Cabaye’s 15 million to that fee and the club will make around 50 million this year.
    That is an amazing turnaround from a club that was leaking money 6 years ago.
    So, in 2-3 years Ashley’s debt will be paid and he’ll be able to sell the club.
    Then we have the chance to compete in top half again.

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  • low fell mag

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #30

    JFA. the support was down a little I do agree but Fulham only brought a transit van .
    But you are a sad man if you take any positives out of that .
    Your loss , because this is going to be an exciting side and a side to be proud of,
    There is nothing better ,once a fortnight 15,00 hrs on a Saturday walking into the Geordie Mecca and soaking in that atmosphere watching the black @ whites.
    Still get the goose bumps ,the hair standing up on the back of your neck when the Ref blows the whistle for the game to start .
    There is a book about supporting Newcastle, called Purely Belter, try reading it ,if you haven’t already.
    Because going to that hallowed ground ,is purely belter.
    It sure beats going to the Metro Centre with your lass at 3 pm on a Saturday.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #31

    right guys i’m off for my lovely Sunday dinner, chat later.

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  • lesh

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #32

    Repost

    Spurs may lose players and invest wisely – and more importantly, they invest in anticipation of a player’s departure. We all know that Bale’s on his bike and even though he’s not yet sold, Spurs have invested that fee and more on a number of quality players.

    What do we know when it’s odds on a player’s going to move? Nothing! And if that departure’s a last minute one, we’re a player down as we ‘didn’t have time’ to sign a replacement! Didn’t have time? Didn’t have time, didn’t make the time to buy in advance of the sale!

    It’s gonna Allen with Cabaye and ok, we may have Anita but the fact is that the squad will have been even further depleted.

    It was reported yesterday that Moyes wants another couple of midfielders ‘to give him more options in tactics’.

    Furthermore, Pardew intimated in his post match interview that all our players have their price and if offers come in, then players leave – clearly without any reference to him!

    So, Ashley’s parachuted Kinnear in as DoF and his brief surely must be to define and implement a strategy for football development? And what has he done so far? Brought in one loan signing and moved other players out.

    If that’s development, I’ll show my rs in Fenwicks window. It used to be Jacksons window, but Jacksons is long gone – as has any sense of positive development at Newcastle United.

    So near yet so far since the days of Keegan’s first stint and of course dear old Bobby Robson who’ll no doubt have turned in his grave, many times during Ashley’s tenure.

    What a state of affairs, shameful.

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  • NUFC FOR SALE

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #33

    There is no way in a million years we would pay 15 million for McCarthy.

    There is no sell on value in that deal because I can’t see McCarthy going on to be worth 25-30 million.

    Tom Ince at 8 million is a much better deal as he has the potential to be worth 15-20 million being an attacking goal scoring midfielder.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #34

    Debuchy does win a good amount of headers. Noticed that first game he played. Better still when you consider he’s not very tall.

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  • nico

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #35

    Please let us buy Ince.
    I like Cabaye, but if he’s off I’ll settle for a replacement for him and Ince.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #36

    23NUFC FOR SALE // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie
    50’000 ???? We had less than that first game and less again yesterday.
    Talk about nit picking ffs £46k yesterday
    And it doesn’t take away from the point he was making does it?

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  • cyprus

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #37

    Did someone above (sorry too lazy to check back) mention Bigi as a useful MF alternative? You mustn’t have had the chance to watch the Morecambe game in which he was the worst player on the pitch. He needs loaning out in order to improve. Who to replace Cabs? Out of favour Mata? Modric? OK, too ambitious, but someone like that would make the difference. Although Anita has been solid, (nothing more) he hasn’t exactly set the PL on fire.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #38

    NUFC for Sale,
    Ha, okay, if that is the bit you want to pick, I’m sure Wigan don’t get exactly 10,000 either.

    Course players would still want to join us. To think that is just plain ridiculous. Whether we can get it done is a different kettle of fish all together!

    As for Everton, I wasn’t even mentioning them. I merely said he would join us. Anyone who thinks he would turn us down to stay at Wigan is obviously so anti the regime that they can’t look at it objectively. He may choose Everton if the option was there, I’d say mainly due to Martinez than much else mind.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #39

    Black and White,
    What does Obertan being a Pardew buy have to do with anything? By that sense then Obertan would start ahead of Ben Arfa, Cisse, etc.

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  • numba9

    Sep 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #40

    Yes nico if we are still in the same league …. Speculate to accumulate is the more sensible long term way I believe not gamble on our status as I said before in his 6 years we went down once and in all been in the relegation battles 3 times

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