Newcastle Player Warned About His Inconsistency

If you look at the three goals we conceded against Hull City two weeks ago, for each one of the goals Hatem Ben Arfa is in the scene – he’s there or thereabouts –  but he didn’t do too much  to help defend for Newcastle – he seemed to be going through the motions.

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Hatem Ben Arfa – needs to become more consistent

And that’s often been the criticism of the French International, although yes, this guy has won many games and many points for Newcastle, and it’s difficult to criticize the former Lyon and Marseilles player.

Ben Arfa was taken off at half time last Monday night, and Newcastle played so much better in that second half, and our players worked their socks off in trying to regain some of their pride,  after a completely disastrous first half.

Alan Pardew is again talking about Ben Arfa, as he was several weeks ago, and he’s still saying that Ben Arfa needs to be more consistent:

“I think Ben Arfa’s  one of those players that we’re looking at for consistency, and to get consistency from him.”

“We’ve got a great player, no doubt about that, consistency is all I’m looking for from any player.” “He’s proved he can perform for this club.”

The world’s top two players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are consistent, and they produce for their clubs and produce big time in the big games – that’s why they are world-class.

There’s no doubt Ben Arfa has the skills, and there’s no doubt he wants to  work harder for the team – but he must do that in every game, and not have a great game one week and then be invisible in the next game.

At least Ben Arfa knows exactly what he needs to do to become an even better player than he already is.

That would be good for Newcastle and good for Ben Arfa too.

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33 comments so far

  • Rooster

    Oct 5, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #1

    We love benny, but he has not in his nature, any consistency, its a bug bare,just like our inconsistent team n manager. enough said.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 5, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Haha!!!! Consistency!!! Laughable. He’s the lad who’s digging Pardew out of holes. Gave him 3 points for an individual strike against Fulham.

    If he is on to Ben Arfa for consistency, then he should talk about himself first and the rubbish he’s been serving up here since he’s got here.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 5, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #3

    If the team around him oozed more positive direction, confidence and effectiveness, I’m sure Hatem would automatically become a lot more consistent.

    He’s in a team with very little movement or attacking shape, no wonder he feels the pressure is on him to take on another man. If he didn’t try it, even less would occur.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 5, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Plus, it’s rubbish he’s talking about again…

    Looking for consistency? He was playing Tiote and Jonas in particular last year, when they weren’t just inconsistent, they were continuously poor, plus you can add Shola to that as well.

    The stuff he says is quite ridiculous.

    Spoke to two more West Ham fans tonight. Both of whom said they think Pardew is awful and not only that, they can’t believe he’s still working and even in a job.

    That was before I gave my viewpoint on the matter…

  • geordiegav1987

    Oct 5, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #5

    The game at everton could have been very different if ben arfa had been put down the right where he produces his magic, plus baines may of had a second yellow trying to contend with bennys speed and trickery. I think alan partridge should have started sammy on the left cos he deserves a go in the league and that would have ment benny on one wing and sammy on the other with remy up front and sissoko sat behind remy.
    which in my opinion would have got us at least a point against everton. but as usual partridge decides to play players in positions that they are not comftorable in.
    hopefully he has been told to get a result or get himself to the jobcentre because he makes the weakest decisions Ive seen for a manager at newcastle and thats saying something and his long ball tactics need to be cut out sharpish. has anyone noticed how we hoof the ball up pitch when its not needed but when it comes to defending we try to pass the ball out of danger (which usually goes horribly wrong) instead of hoofing it out of danger? I think pardew may be a bit backwards cos his tactics certainly are.
    despite my rambleing I am confident of 3 points tomorrow but just incase Im wrong Im gonna get a crate of lager to drown my sorrows with.

  • Charlietoon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #6

    He is often going to have a tough time as he is our most threatening player so is therefore likely to get more attention. If we had a couple of our other players stepping up it would not be so simple to neutralise us.

  • Toon Boy

    Oct 5, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #7

    I agree with Pardew on this. Hatem kills it against Fulham and Aston and then goes completely missing against Hull and Everton. That is what Pards is talking about. If Ben Arfa can keep up that form where he is making runs, shooting etc he will be World Class…

    On a side note, I hope Pardew does not play Jonas at all ever again. Jonas is absolutely useless. He offers nothing to the team. So slow and just the worst. And also, Ben Arfa needs the right position to play well. Don’y but him on the left wing, but the right wing or a Secondary Striker. That gives him room to run, and cut in on his left foot. And play Remy on the left wing with Cisse up front. Remy was literally nonexistent against Everton. Speaking about Cisse. He needs to step up or be dropped.

  • true toon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #8

    It’s not that HBA is not consistent but NUFC is playing a style that doesn’t suit him. He should not be expected to come back and help the team defend ! Did anyone ever criticise Messi or Ronaldo for not playing and helping their team defend when they concede a goal?

    Benny is a attacking player period. AP is clueless and he only knows how to play hoof ball and expecting Benny to defend and creating goals at the same time is like asking Messi to play right wing back and be a top scorer for the la liga.

    If the defenders do their job and give HBA the freedom to attack and create , then i believe he will be more consistent.

  • yorkymag

    Oct 5, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #9

    For gods shake
    He is our most talented and entertaining player by a mile
    Unfortunately most of the others offer little threat and so benny gets ganged up on
    Try messi in a weak team and see how he does
    Benny needs better players around him then you will see consistency
    Most games teams have three on him cause they know there is no threat any other place
    Pardew gets more drummer and desparate each day

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 5, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #10

    If he doesn’t become consistent, we as a club can never become consistent in our winning ways.

    Players like Nolberto Solano, proved magnificent over the course of an entire season playing with great consistency even if we lost.

    HBA has to learn. and learn fast. or he’s just going to be a liability.

  • workyticket

    Oct 5, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Comment #11

    In one of the Hull goals where Ben Arfa seemed to be doing the wrong thing thing defensively, he was actually doing what Alan Pardew tells all the team to do when they lose possession.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 5, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    Comment #12

    @workyticket // Oct 5, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    I think Pardew is a good man. a good decent coach. But the players at his disposal are far too intelligent for him. This job is just too huge for him now. He can’t bring the best out of this international lots.

    Its best he leaves us. I think he would do very well at clubs like Fulham though.

  • cyprus

    Oct 5, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    Comment #13

    So, Cardiff are favourites to win and we all (including me) expect a win.
    Like somebody said, it’s a win-win situation. We lose, AP is surely out. We win, well, we win. But, really, I’d be so upset if we lose to Cardiff, anywhere…

  • cyprus

    Oct 5, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #14

    On HBA, he’s the key, as always. If he’s in the mood, we win. Not, we lose. Not good to depend on a player.

  • John Tudor

    Oct 5, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #15

    its hard for parpoop eating his bait confronted by a knife fork and a spoon
    he uses his fingers

  • John Tudor

    Oct 5, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #16

    ashley do one thing right loose parpoof

  • John Tudor

    Oct 5, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #17

    hba is not the key far from it

  • geoff777

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #18

    Where’s Ashley going to get a better puppet?

    Only a small number of fans still believe Ashley is ambitious.
    Most of us realise we are just cheap advertising for SD.


  • lesh

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #19

    Laurent Robert 32 @4…

    now I wonder why I had a feeling why I knew what the Hammers fans would be critical of Pardew? Could you have summer up your opinion in the way you asked them for theirs and they new their answer would be well received
    Basically, we can get the answer to a question we want by asking the right question!

  • lesh

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #20


    summer = summed

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #21

    When HBA was playing for more successful clubs, he was far from their best player, and was sacrificed on a number of occasions.

    Sadly we do have very little other attacking threat, so he will get ganged up on by opposition. He wasn’t on Monday though, Coleman was just far too good for him, and even had time to scurry forward as HBA kicked his boots.

    Had Obertan put in the performances this season that HBA has the wayward and wasteful shots, running out of play rather than crossing, the poor balls in, the lack of application (other than 15minutes against Fulham, and the game against Villa (apparently, didn’t see it)) then we would be asking why Pards insisted on playing him.

    I get it, he is exciting to watch, he runs at people, and occasionally scores a goal out of the top drawer. But more often than not he wastes it, or is anonymous for the game. I’d love him to develop consistency, but with this constant fawning over him then he is never going to get the kick up the backside he requires.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #22

    Exactly, we look much more of a team, and a unit without him in the side. While he is great occasionally, we can’t afford to wait around hoping he is today, in a fortnight, etc.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #23

    Any way, for anyone interested, have a read of my True Faith fortnightly blog.

    *WARNING* Big fans of HBA, Santon and the Time4Change march may not agree with my views.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #24

    On Pardew, last one before I go as it seems to early for eveyone, he doesn’t know how to get the most of these players.

    Down to no fault of his own, he has been landed with a number of technically talented players who want to play the game on the front foot and pressing high up the pitch.

    It is very evident that Pardew is trying to play in a way that does that, but his natural tendencies keep coming out which means we end up playing neither one or the other, and look disorganised. I think he is trying, but time ran out for me a while back, and I think it will run out for Ashley in the not too distant future.

    Worky, in the 433, if we played it correctly as an attacking formation, then HBA should not really have to ever track back. Say HBA is on the right, if the opposition have the ball on his side, the midfield trio should shift over as a unit to cover the full back, with the attacker on the far side dropping in as cover to protect against a switch of play.

    In this scenario, HBA should be drifting between the touchline and the centre half, dragging a centre half out wide leaving gaps to exploit from a quick break. Sadly our 433 is more of a 451, which relies on wide attackers tracking back, which in turn leaves whoever drew the short straw up front isolated.

  • jackostoon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #25

    Lilongwe Geordie,
    I’ve just had a read of your article in true faith, a very good read my friend, with regards to time4change, I couldn’t agree more.

  • jackostoon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #26

    Seeing that I’m the forever optimist, I’m going for a 2-1 win, well, I may be a tad stupid too.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #27

    @Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 5, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Exactly, we look much more of a team, and a unit without him in the side. While he is great occasionally, we can’t afford to wait around hoping he is today, in a fortnight, etc.

    i have to agree with this post. though HBA is great to watch and wins us games, that is down to the hopeless tactics set up by Pardew.

    With a better manager, he would have surely dropped HBA and brought in a better team player on the right who has better teamwork and decision making. our football would be so much more simpler.

    HBA consistently loses the ball far too much and his odd goals here and there are not making up for it.

    Even if he scores today, i still think he has a long way to go. if a more decent albeit less exciting right attacking mid were to join our club, he surely must go to the bench.

  • jackostoon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #28

    I remember when I was at school, going back a canny way mind, my history teacher was a massive Newcastle supporter, we talked her into going on a field trip, in turn she talked the school into allowing it, so early one Saturday morning off we went, all the way to Cardiff, we won 0-4, needless to say there was hell on when we got back, but it was the best school trip I ever went on, it was also the last, I wasn’t allowed on any more after that.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #29

    I literally said, “what are your thoughts on Alan Pardew.”

    They could have answered that any way they wished. They could have answered with anyway they wanted. Nothing to do with forcing an answer.

    That’s three West Ham fans in a couple of weeks I’ve spoken to. All three have said similar very negative things about him.

    The man’s die performances bring out those answers, not my question.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #30


    (Phone typing)

  • jackostoon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #31

    Now are you sure that’s what you said kidda lol

  • Slank

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #32

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Also just read your article in True Faith. Very good.

    Like Jackostoon, with regards to time4change, I couldn’t agree more.

    Looks like the press could have another field day at the expense of Geordies in general and Newcastle fans in particular. The press will endeavour to reinforce their stereotype of Newcastle fans and no doubt they will find some unemployable fat slob who can hardly string to words together to interview.

  • jackostoon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #33

    My sentiments exactly, the media always seem to find the numb nuts.


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