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Alan Pardew May Recall The Player He Loves

9:13 am, Saturday, October 19th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

There is news today that French International Hatem Ben Arfa may return to the starting line=up against Liverpool at St. James’ Park today, and the manager seems satisfied, very satisfied in fact, with the reaction he got from  the player after he was replaced at half time in the Everton game, and then benched for the last game at Cardiff City two weeks ago, which we won 2-1.

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Ben Arfa – scored again!

Ben Arfa was Newcastle’s best player in those early games but then he went off, and the problem with Ben Arfa is that when he’s not playing well, since he  doesn’t defend too well either, he  doesn’t offer much to the team when he’s off form.

But we can only think that the 26 year-old, who has been training hard this week, has also been impressive in training  – and the local papers think he will start today – probably for Yoan Gouffran, but we’d be surprised if Yoan is not in the starting eleven.

This is what Alan Pardew said about Ben Arfa today:

“It’s always difficult to leave out players you like,” “I love Hatem. I want him to play as well and as consistently as he possibly can.”

“But sometimes you need to say players, ‘Come out, have a look at it, see what you did well and what you didn’t do so well, and analyse yourself’. I think he’s done that.”

“He’s trained really well in the last ten days and really taken what we’ve said to him on board. I’d like to think that when he goes back in the team, whenever that is, he’ll really be at his best. I hope so.”

Liverpool will be fielding a very strong side today, and we will need Ben Arfa to track back to help out Mathieu Debuchy,  and Papiss Cisse may be the one to give way for Ben Arfa, if indeed the Frenchman starts this game.

It will also be interesting to see how many fans are at the game today, but we expect another full house.

And apart from last season’s 6-0 defeat,Newcastle have won their two previous games at home to Liverpool under Pardew: 3-1 in Alan’s first game as Newcastle manager, and 2-0 when Andy Carroll returned with the Reds, and the Geordie lad did not get a good reception from the fans.

That’s what happens when you leave your home town club for some other club – however good they may be.

We need something out of this game today.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Hatem Ben Arfa · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Yoan Gouffran




12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 19, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    i’m going to the march today with my lass, i’ll gladly speak in support for those who can’t make it on this blog, if there’s billboards to show i was thinking about writing on

    Newcastle ( United )
    United for a reason
    from the fans from the Newcastle United Blog

    what do you’s think?

  • 2 jeff // Oct 19, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    could not agree more with chuck. the quality of these articles is getting worse and worse as the days go by

    ed churns out boring, repetitive articles like its nothing. not even an ounce of opinion as he types out his posts with small paragraphs and incredibly long sentences filled with many independent clauses

    i have found many blogs, such as nufcdaily, with substantially better articles

    i come here for the comments

    and yet as every day passes more adverts are added to the site. this man’s coffers filling with the coin of advert merchants as his blog visitors trawl through pages upon pages of slanderous nudity. all the while ed sits in his house, writing less and less coherents, and more and more useless posts, while his blog visitors sap it up like its the gospel

  • 3 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 19, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    jeff

    i never get adverts when i come on this site, have you tried ad blocker? i’m using this and iv’e had no problems.

  • 4 Laurent Robert 32 // Oct 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    I’m going to the march too. Leaving soon in fact as my mate from Scotland is coming with me, then on to the match.

    Time for change indeed.

  • 5 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 19, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Laurent Robert 32

    leaving soon myself mate, but i’m gonna watch the match in the pub, i was gonna pop into the box to see if the tickets are still on sale, hopefully cheaper loooool

  • 6 SharpEnough23 // Oct 19, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Jeff – So true, but don’t forget… Keep it civil as we have young readers.

    Yet it’s ok for them to be redirected to porn sites.

    Thu I don’t even read half the articles anymore, As I don’t live in Newcastle I Like to get a idea how other supporters feel.

  • 7 bollance // Oct 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    After reading this blog for many years there is no way that the quality has dropped. There are a few blogger who have their own agenda.

    Keep up the good work Ed!!

  • 8 magpie6699 // Oct 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I dream of the time – anyone else remember? – when we hammered Liverpool 4-0 after being trounced by them in the Cup. I just remember the chant “Wembley was a fluke…”!
    My head says 1-3 defeat.

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 19, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Sharp Enough
    The adverts you are diverted to come from a your browser history……

  • 10 giimps // Oct 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    im using chrome, with ad blocker, and guess what, no ads!!!
    When im at work, the ads i get are usually from b&q or amazon, I think you may be right about the ads being taken from browsing history.
    I dont have a problem with Ed`s blogs at all, if i dont find it interesting for whatever reason, i scroll to the comments and see whats being said, no-one makes me read the articles, its what is known as A CHOICE, to read or not to read.
    Anyone know where and when the march starts and finishes, Im taking my son and his mate to the game and dont want to park in the same street as the march is going in case it kicks off due to outside influences (lets hope not) I would march too if it was only the Toon fans but inviting the Scouse is asking for trouble IMHO,
    Keep up the good work ED and Keep healthy.
    HWTL

  • 11 SharpEnough23 // Oct 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Tds…lol they dont.

    My history is squeaky clean, Plus even if it did Ed from his adsense account could block adult content….but guess what.

    That stuff pays the most per click 😉

  • 12 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 19, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Sharp
    Okay mate if you say so, mine mostly directs to the App Store, but what ever you say mate!




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