Hatem Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi Were Terrific

Newcastle had a lot of positives to take out of the game at Norwich City last night if not three points, and two players introduced into the starting line up – Hatem Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi both had good games.

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Ben Arfa – still an exciting player for Newcastle

After the game last night this is what Newcastle manager had to say:

“We were terrific. Hatem Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi were terrific.”  “We hit the woodwork three or four times. I can’t remember the last time we created so many chances and did not score away from home. We defended well and I’m very proud of the performance.”

Newcastle played really well last night but we just have the rub of the green, and Loic Remy hit the bar twice,  and that sometimes happens in games, but the manager will be pleased with the number of chances that were created last night.

And the two players introduced into the starting line-up – Ben Arfa and local lad Sammy Ameobi – will give Newcastle fans a lift, and some hope there is life after Yohan Cabaye at Newcastle.

What do you think?

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21 comments so far

  • Thump

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #1

    From last: Thump // Jan 29, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    @welsh: Yeah, Cabella is tied up until the summer so we can agree in principle. What worries me is that I’m 99% sure that Grenier’s contract is up at the end of the season so, knowing Ashley, he’ll get him in on a pre-contract to join in the summer.

  • valle

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Sammy was great in first half, but he showed in the second half that he needs work on his fittness, because he was going from good to bad to worse very fast. If we can get 70-80 minutes out of him with the skill and commitment he showed first half we could have a really good player on our hands.

  • check the toastie

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #3

    As long as the lads on the pitch put as much effort into the match as they did last night im a happy man, really enjoyed the performance, and F~ck Cabaye.

    Bring on The Scum…

    And please NO SHOLA………..

  • Thump

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #4


    Ah good, I was absolutely wrong. Splash some cash, Fatman.

  • yorkymag

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t understand why that sucks
    Greenier is 23 and not now but potentially better than cabayne he has five years to develop,he is certainly a real prospect scores goals and is good from a dead ball as well as combative and strong ,not dissimilar to Ross Barclay
    De Jong whatever happened in Germany is a proven goalscorer again young and a proper number 9 good in the ground and excellent at holding the ball
    I would be delighted with these two by Friday but I appreciate your view would just be interested in why it sucks

  • G

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Completely agree with you there Yorky

  • G

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Just been reading though AP’s comments about LDJ from last night again. The way he describes him as a ‘target man’ makes me thing he is being brought in to work with Cisse, rather than replace him. Could be completely wrong like.

  • G

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #8

    ‘makes me think’ not makes me thing! Stupid keyboard.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #9

    I am lost on the last thread

    pardew. has a right to be angry with blank?

    so it’s ok for him to push linesmen and say nasty things for the public to hear,

    everyone knows our team is for sale , for gods sake we have SD adds all around the pitch saying 70% off ,

    he has an owner that employs people to tout the players ,

    he has no say in who comes and goes

    yet he is pissed with blank,

    it could well have been cabaye himself that engineered the move with his trips to Paris

    pardew , wake up son , your nothing but a doormat for players to wipe there feet on when they come and go

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #10


    the problem is that cabaye was proven here and doing it big time for us this year, grenier may or may not be better but i doubt he’ll have the same impact this year as cabaye would have done.

    If we got cabella and grenier fair enough, 2 for one…but swapping 1 for 1 isn’t the best way to go

  • yorkymag

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #11

    He will work with Cisse benny remy or greenier fingers crossed on him ,he is IMO a extra dimension and will give us a much better and more penetrating shape
    He will also allow goofy to express himself
    If you want a comparison he is quite similar to torres

  • Jan Stavik

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #12

    With Remy out we might see Papisto back at his best?

    And don’t worry guys, I read last night that JFK had a great replacement for Kebab lined up. Let me introduce to you… Charlie Adam!

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #13


    did you say luuk de jong was like fernando torres? or on about a different player

  • yorkymag

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #14

    Transfer I Agee with that and get all the emotion about losing cabs
    But I have moved on and in some ways recognised that this season is pretty much done
    My point really was 2 23 year olds that provide more options has got to be better in the long term
    Three with cabella even better
    I wish we had cabs. For the rest of the season as much as anyone
    Was simply trying to put so e balance ,I know unusual for me !!

  • yorkymag

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Similar not as pacey but as intelligent at bringing others into the game

  • valle

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #16

    I certainly dont hope LDJ is being brought in as a targetman, first of all, he loses more than half of the aerial duels he is in (Which is still better stats than Cisse though) and it means we would go back to lumping long balls again.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #17


    I just think this season wasn’t done…if we kept cabaye, go de jong and signed cabella/grenier we could have pushed for top 4, or at least top 6 I think.

    Maybe not got it but at least challenged.

    We shouldn’t have to sell a player to buy though, especially when we never bought in the summer either and we will be getting even more crazy money for the BT deal in the summer.

    Those 2/3 should have arrived if cabs stayed and with him going we should be adding even more.

  • yorkymag

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #18

    Can’t disagree with any of that
    But we are now in a different place
    Had we taken our chances last nite ,which had de jonk been in the team
    I am pretty sure we would maybe we would feel more positive

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #19

    It sucks because if you look at our bench last night attacking wise we had just gosling and shola, we had better attacking options in defence than midfield or up front.

  • mattnufc

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #20

    I think he will be playing as a target man for at least some of his games as Pardew as said he is a ‘good target man’ and our previous interest in Gomis indicates we are after that type of player.

  • custurd

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #21


    “Greenier is 23 and not now but potentially better than cabaye he has five years to develop”

    Are you nuts? If Grenier performs well in his first season and an offer comes in he will be gone too!

    To improve we need good players, and to attract good players we need to keep our good players. Ashley doesn’t need the money. According to the spin, Nufc don’t need the money. Ashley sells for selling sake. It’s a buzz for him, just like winning at roulette.

    Granted, Cabaye may have wanted to leave, but he was under contract and with a simple “no” the job would be done. We said “no” to Arsenal and Cabaye was having the season of his life.


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