Alan Pardew has many different challenges to face at Newcastle at the moment, and that’s just par for the course as a Newcastle manager, which has always been one of the toughest jobs in English football.
Alan Pardew – can he get the best out of Ben Arfa?
One of them is how does he get the best out of the mercurial winger Hatem Ben Arfa, who on his day is simply a world-beater, but has too many games when he is innocuous, and doesn’t show up in a game much at all, and that can hurt the team, especially in a tough match.
We had a piece out yesterday on Ben Arfa, and he still has a role to play at the club, because he can be a match-winner, and Alan Pardew somehow has to get the best out of him.
The Newcastle manager was asked in the local press today if it was difficult to leave Ben Arfa out of the side:
“It was a difficult decision because he is a quality player.” “However, I could not turn a blind eye to the work Moussa did in the week in those wide areas against Manchester City.”
“He did it again against Chelsea and put in a real shift with quality.” “Hatem is a player we know can change a game.” “That game was made for Hatem, at 0-0, if we had not scored.”
“However, we scored the first goal just as I thought about putting him on.”
Pardew did bring on Gabby Obertan late in the game on Saturday, rather than Ben Arfa, so perhaps we will see Ben Arfa come on at White Hart Lane in the second half on Sunday.
Ben Arfa – world-beater on his day
The manager has to keep giving the subs a chance, so they can show they can make a difference at Newcastle.
One good example of that this season is Vurnon Anita, who has looked great in nearly all his appearances this season, and he had a terrific sub appearances against Chelsea and brilliantly set up the second goals for Loic Remy.
And we have to remember it’s also a good thing that we have strong competition for places this season, because it does tend to bring the best out of the players.
Maybe Hatem can get the winner at Tottenham on Sunday? 😀
Wouldn’t that be something.