Ben Arfa was left out of the Newcastle starting line-up yesterday at Cardiff after two below par appearances for Newcastle in the defeats against Hull and Everton, but that was after starting the season in exhilarating form.
Ben Arfa scoring a fantastic winner against Fulham
But even when Ben Arfa was playing well and winning games for Newcastle, Alan Pardew was clear that Ben Arfa’s biggest challenge in his game is to become consistent.
The manager tuned out to be right, but the good news is that Alan said after the 2-1 win at Cardiff yesterday, the French winger took the news of his being benched with maturity, and did not complain or sulk.
We know the 26 year-old would love to become a Newcastle legend and return to St. James in the years ahead, and be welcomed back like the former greats were welcomed back for Steve Harper’s testimonial.
It wasn’t by accident that Ben Arfa was at the game, and soaked in the atmosphere of an electric St. James’ Park.
World class players are consistent, and Ben Arfa can look to Lionel Messi as an example of a player who has world-class skills and ability, but still works his tail off for his team.
That’s exactly what Alan Pardew is telling Ben Arfa to do, and if he heeds that advice there’s no reason why Ben Arfa cannot become a much better player than he is right now, and he’s already improved his game since he arrived on Tyneside three years ago from Marseilles.
The 26 year-old has also matured on Tyneside, and that will help.
Alan Pardew wants to see the Frenchman keep improving his game, and we also think that’s exactly what Ben Arfa wants to do – and why there’s no friction between manager and player.
What do you think?
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