Newcastle showed again how weak we are in attack on Tuesday night, and it wasn’t until Ben Arfa came on as a sub – again after the hour mark – that Newcastle threatened Everton to any great degree.
Ben Arfa – Newcastle threaten when this lad plays
Former top Newcastle midfielder Nobby Solano has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he thinks Ben Arfa makes a difference when he plays in the side, and he’s right there:
“Hatem Ben Arfa is Newcastle’s most creative player and he does make the difference.” “It would have been good to see him on from the start against Everton.”
“If Newcastle can start getting him on the ball more and releasing him into that final third, he can really hurt teams.”
“When I played under Bobby Robson that’s what we tried to do.” “We’d have Alan Shearer as the main man up front but myself Kieron Dyer and Craig Bellamy would look to work one-twos as often as we could.”
“We wanted to work the ball into the box and move quicker up the field.” “Hopefully we can see more of Hatem in the next few games.”
Maybe this is the side that can start on Saturday at St. Mary’s:
Yanga-Mbia Williamson Coloccini (c) Dummett
Sissoko Anita Tiote Gouffran
That would mean starting Luuk de Jong on the bench, and Ben Arfa coming into the side in the middle of the park and be given a fairly free role.
And Davide Santon may be available for the game, but we cannot see him dislodging local lad Paul Dummett at left back.
What team would you start on Saturday?
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