This Is One Of Alan Pardew’s Biggest Challenges

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.

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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.

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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.

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13 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 7, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1


    Not sure who this was aimed at.

    ” Pardew might be competing in the same league as Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho but he’s not in the same class. But to continually suggest that he’s a willy wonka is to distort and exaggerate. It’s plain someone with an agenda. It’s failing to make a supporting case to the argument.”
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    Sorry that’s hilarious. Could the supporting case be finishing 16th and setting all time club records for all the wrong reasons!!

    Yes we all hope Chelsea is possibly the start of something and not another false dawn but I don’t think anyone needs a supporting case, just look at the stats !!!

    Talking of supporting, where is Carl these days?

  • Rooster

    Nov 7, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Ive stuck up for MA a trillion times, but over the last few summer windows he has stalled the club, their has been more animosity as usual, and of course he could ride across SJP on a white horse with full battledress on! dosnt make it right does it,AND USING US FOR A CASH COW WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT FOR SPORTS DIRECT, IS NOT ON. couldn’t resist the caps ha ha, its our club son, he may own it for now but we will see him in a Rangers shirt in a couple of years time, with him not paying for advertising it is for me the strongest signal of all that he is content for us to be a (wait for it) win loose n draw team, mid table suits the fella fine. ive said many many times he can do what he wants but forgoing the capital of advertising so that he can grow his Sports Direct empire even more at the expense of the great club we are is frankly disgusting.

  • Rooster

    Nov 7, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    I see we are supposed to be looking at this Ibrihim lad from Man City?!?! same as Hull n Palace N Everton apparently, that’s the company we are in and although Everton are decent, we from finishing 5th two seasons ago should now have been challenging the top six for the players they are after, we have withoiut doubt slipped backwards and are trying to build it back up, good ploy Mike, good strategy, well for you anyway, u will probably catch up to Philip Green one day!! your Hero

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 7, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Ben arfa for me needs to learn from other top players. The lad does not need to track back every single time we lose the ball to defend in our box.

    But he needs to press the ball better and when he is the one in the best place to run back (say a counter from our corner, or when a midfielder gets caught out) he needs to run back with purpose, not a token effort at a jog back.

    Last night for arsenal Ozil took a corner, the ball was lost and he ran 90+ yards from corner flag to his own six yard box to be the ban clearing the cross as he knew he was quicker then mertesaker getting back..

    that’s what I want to see from HBA, not the babysitting jonas was doing, but smart defending at the right times.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 7, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5


    I am no ashley fan at all but i don’t think the criticism of getting poor players/below our level is fair…I think we go for good players.

    We just dont get enough of them but mainly we dont get them at the right time.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 7, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Good morning Sports Direct fans,

    How profitable are we this morning?

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 7, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    How embarrassing…wrong blog.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 7, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8


    morning sir, how are you? lovely little joke there haha

    I’m looking forward to the spurs game, will be a very good test for us, see how we shape up.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    TS…A good day to you, doing fine and you?

    Yeah, let’s call it a “joke” 🙂

    I am intrigued to see if the lads are up for this game, I am hopeful, but yet convinced.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 7, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #10

    * but yet to be convinced.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 7, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11


    Iam good thank you.

    I think they will be, I think the win over chelsea has shown them all again how better it is to graft for 90 mins and he heroes all week in the city instead of a poor effort against sunderland and be the villains.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    TS…I get all of that, it’s just surely they’ve learnt that lesson before? 🙂

    Still, the game is certainly not beyond us and to be completely honest, win, lose or draw, if they show similar determination and performance as against City, Chelsea and Liverpool I’ll be happy.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13


    yeh you’d have hope so….im just hoping it has sunk in this time.


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