Newcastle Player Having Personal Problems


There was a lot of news last week regarding Hatem Ben Arfa, who had not played since the Tottenham debacle, and it had been revealed last week that some Newcastle players thought that Hatem was a bit of a liability to the team when he played, because of his poor work rate, the fact he loses the ball in dangerous places on the pitch, and that he doesn’t track back enough to help out the team.

Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa takes on Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie at St James' Park.

Ben Arfa – in action on Saturday

And it seems he had also lost some fitness since the Tottenham game, and while most of that about Hatem above could be true, he showed on Saturday that he is one of the few real match-winners that exist in the Newcastle squad – with another one – Loic Remy out injured and leaving Newcastle in the summer – and another one Yohan Cabaye having already left the club in January.

Hatem has not had a good season but he’s still got three goals and eight assists for the side in 26 appearances this season, and he won the game for Newcastle on Saturday ,against the hard-working and very well organized – but very lackluster and boring Crystal Palace side.

And certainly the Palace manager Tony Pulis would not have any use at all for a Ben Arfa in his side, the way his teams play the game with little or no creativity.

Hatem Ben Arfa’s future at Newcastle is certainly in question, but we should also remember that the French International,  who turned 27 earlier in the month, has had recent problems with his family, and only last week went on a short compassionate leave, to visit his sick mother in France.

We have to hope that everything will turn out OK with his Mom, and the final eight games are now a great opportunity for Ben Arfa to show Alan Pardew that he can still be a match winner on Tyneside, and earn a new extended deal this summer.

He certainly made a good start last Saturday and he was the star man in the 31 minutes he was on the pitch, and his next opportunity is tomorrow night against Everton at home.

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10 comments so far

  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 24, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Mag, you gonna come back to me with your answer of how you see Coloccini as past it?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 24, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Everybody’s arguing can I join in please can i

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  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 24, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Welsh, yeah sure, we got a ‘fellow fan’ called mag on here who thinks Coloccini is past it and needs shifting, what would you say?

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #4

    welsh u don’t have to ask. are u not the blog hobbit
    as blog hobbit you will suffer from short angry man syndrome and are entitled to argue

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #5

    beermonkey

    Thanks for the compliment you don’t think I start the arguments do you

    Now would I do a thing like that

    Ha ha ha

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m sure we won on Saturday? Didn’t we? Give the arguments a rest it’s getting very tedious now with the holier than now bullsh!t gents! Everyone has a different opinion on NUFC related topics.

    Here’s a tip GET THE FCUK OVER IT 😉

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  • AndyMac

    Mar 24, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #7

    “Average_Contents”

    Presumably that’s a description of your brain ? WTF do you think a blog is for you numbskull ?

    If you dont like debate/banter then shove off to the NF or EDL !

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Mar 24, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Looking at the Vote everyone seems to think were gonna Lose the morrow?

    We may surprise some people, However ?

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  • Malta Mag

    Mar 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #9

    I’ve said for two seasons that Collocinni is over rated. I love the bloke but he has faults and to build him up into an untouchable is wrong in my opinion. I have also said that M’Biwa, if given a run in the team at Central defender is potentially the best defender at the club. He has great pace is a super athlete and can play the ball out from the back. He still has a lot to learn but will prove me right, you watch.
    Instead of arguing the toss about Vcollocini the conversation should be on the p#### poor support at home games of late. Don’t blame Ashley blame ourselves for not ramping up the noise. Too many with the same traits as on this blog who would rather just sit and whinge. A singing session would help but ffs let’s bring back some passion. When Crystal Palace come to town and out sing you, drastic action is needed.

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  • workyticket

    Mar 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #10

    “There was a lot of news last week regarding “Hatem Ben Arfa, who had not played since the Tottenham debacle, and it had been revealed last week that some Newcastle players thought that Hatem was a bit of a liability to the team when he played, because of his poor work rate, the fact he loses the ball in dangerous places on the pitch, and that he doesn’t track back enough to help out the team.”

    Says who? It terrible the way some morally bankrupt blog owners, especially ones who claim to be “fans” dissemnate guff like this for money..

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