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.
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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