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Newcastle After Manchester United Winger

9:53 am, Saturday, April 5th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 78 Comments

It’s fair to say that the move to Manchester United from Crystal Palace has been a disaster for 21 year-old winger Wilfried Zaha, and in January he went on loan to Cardiff City, with no big clubs coming in for the once top-rated youngster.

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Wilfried Zaha – disastrous season for the youngster

But Wilfried has had trouble getting games at struggling Cardiff City, and he has only three appearances for the South Wales side so far, and only four appearances for Manchester United all season, so it’s hardly been a good season for the 13 times capped England U21 International,  who also has two full caps for England.

Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are being reported today in the Star and Express as having an interest in the player, and it’s hardly surprising his former club are back for him again.

Wilfried was outstanding at Crystal Palace, where he played 143 times with 18 goals and he was so impressive that the Red Devils snapped him up fifteen months ago, although he kept playing for Palace last season and helped them to promotion by beating Watford 1-0 in the playoff final.

It was reported the fee Manchester United paid was £10M rising to £15M based on his appearances for the Red Devils.

The news is that Wilfried could be signed for as little as £5M this summer, as it seems the new United manager David Moyes doesn’t see him being part of his future squad at the Manchester club.

And we know Alan Pardew was a big fan of Wilfried, and if we could get him in for as little as £5M, it could be a decent deal.

But Wilfried will need to be rehabilitated after his terrible season, and his confidence is likely to be quite low at the moment.

And there’s that saying that form is temporary but class is permanent – and there’s no doubt this lad has immense ability.

It may be a tough decision for Newcastle to make, although Wilfried is the type of skillful player Newcastle fans just love, and if Ben Arfa is to be sold this summer, bringing in Wilfried may be a good move for the Tyneside club to make.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target


78 responses so far ↓

  • 1 beermonkey // Apr 5, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    rehabilitated????? does that mean defence training

  • 2 Pil // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    another obertan

  • 3 mag // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    We’ll be there watching history today when Newcastle United do the double over a Rooney less Manchester United 2-1!

  • 4 JP...from The Rock // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    I just cringe at the thought of us selling Ben Arfa. It makes me sick tbh. If we o sell him I will never forgive Pardew for being to incompetent and for being unable to use his immense skill to our advantage.

    Zaha is a poor mans Ben Arfa but he’s decent. Why can’t we have both and get rid of the useless Obertan?

  • 5 Graeme // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Oh, exactly what we need – yet another player with low confidence as well as not being match fit!! Should be the ideal candidate for us

  • 6 Stephen Keegan // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Still think Tom Ince is a better bet, in terms of quality and attitude. Shame Pardew is in love with Zaha but anyone is better than no one!!

  • 7 colwell // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    What a shite, boring team we have become. Can’t score goals and can’t stop stop conceding. Looking at what possible team Pards can put out today you notice how average our squad is, where the fcuk are the purple players we have?

    Debs and Remy are our best players and both look certain to be away this year. Without these 2 we would no doubt have gone down this year, shows how poor the rest of the team are. If we don’t spend big this summer we’ll join the Scum in the championship next year.

    Fcuking MA and Pards ripped the heart right out of Newcastle. CNUTS

  • 8 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Valencia, Kagawa and Evra are their biggest threats.

  • 9 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    I don’t want to see any English players signing for us in the summer. They’re all overpriced and will flop. The only English players that I would approve us signing are Barkley, Adam Johnson and Micah Richards.

  • 10 lesh // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    But if Zaha can’t get a game at Cardiff, why does anyone suppose we’d be after yet another ManU flop?

  • 11 geordie157 // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    If five million then I’d chance him, but I honestly think Sammy if fit can push on next season.

    Hope we go for ince in the summer, or can we not get him over that dreaded line either

  • 12 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    A lot of Liverpool fans I know are wanting Ben Arfa for them and are saying he is too good for the Toon under Pardew

    To be honest I have to agree with them at the moment I think Rodgers would get the best out of him and we will be left to really regret the decision if we did sell him to the Scousers!!

  • 13 theartfuldodger // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Why should we sign zaha ? Isnt this story the same as de jong. Scoring in a different league and then not playing much last year.

    Well now its out in the cabaye and no remy means no goals. As per plan.

  • 14 Stephen Keegan // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Kets? What about Stephen Caulker if Cardiff where to go down. Hes solid, young and already a leader and scores goals?

  • 15 SBergenwall // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    It’s interesting how people’s opinion can change in just one season. A couple of months ago everybody wanted to get Zaha but now no body does it seems. If he could go for £5m I’d say sign him up, he’s only 21 years old and he does have some potential, if he puts his mind to it. Better than Obertan and Sammeobi imo. Can’t see it happening though, we’re linked with like 2000 players a season and usualy sign players that we like a week before has been linked to

  • 16 theartfuldodger // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    All it takes is one summer to put us in a financial mess ??

    If we spend 30-40m overall and only a couple of players do well and we need to spend in Jan again . Are we back to tough financial times ?

  • 17 Marty-Toon // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Can’t see us getting anything out of the game today unless there’s a huge attitude change from the players.
    Sick and tired of lack luster and half hearted players at this club.
    Bring back the cry baby KK,he will at least get players playing well and attacking :-)

  • 18 south coast toon // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    when hes come on for cardiff he lifts the team, he injects attacking play and pace and looks good, the problem is why is he only getting 10 0r 15 mins and if hes not good enough to start at cardiff is there something wrong with the lad

  • 19 Blofal // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    If he can’t get a game with Cardiff then NO.

    I am convinced Debuchy is leaving though. Mashly will cash in. And I believe the RB’s we are linked with are genuine.

    Whether we get one over the line though is another issue all together. Santon SHOULD be a RB but he has been a LB for so long now that he had no idea where to position himself. Against Soton players were running around the back of him because he kept looking the wrong way as if he was still at LB!

  • 20 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    It doesn’t matter how much money you throw at it, if Pardew stays in charge we will not be putting in the performances required.

    You can have the strongest bricks (players) ever made, but if you build your castle with the wrong foundations (Pardew) on a landfill site or swamp, it will collapse or disappear.

  • 21 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Stephen Caulker’s useless and slow. Total waste of money there. He can’t even get into the England squad. Made a mistake the other week as well. Pathetic.

  • 22 Marty-Toon // Apr 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Tell me what other manager at any club would still have their job after not scoring in 10 of the last 14 games?
    No one that’s who!
    I almost hope to see the stadium half empty next season to make MA either sell up or start to invest some proper money and stop selling our best players in the middle of the season.
    I don’t even expect us to score anymore never mind win a game again this season.
    We will get absolutely trounced by at least 7-0 by Liverpool it’ll be embarrassing.
    We certainly are short on numbers of quality players now.
    Ben Arfa should be a better player for us as should Marveau yet we don’t see the quality.
    Hope to see De Jong today actually as I think he will score.
    I’d rather see Armstrong playing out some of these games if we are gonna play rubbish and lose anyway,at least we will give him some first team experience for next year.
    I’m certainly pished off since the new year after a decent first half of the year.
    WORST MOVE EVER= selling Cabaye when we were playing well!and not getting in a replacement =just pathetic
    The 6 P’s = perfect planning prevents p1ss poor performance (hasn’t Mash gone to sales and marketing classes?)

  • 23 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    I wouldn’t even be surprised if we won today. Pardew gets fortunate with a shock win out of the blue to keep him ticking over for another dozen games of hype and lies.

  • 24 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Marty, he’d have been sacked at any other club months ago. He is Mike’s propaganda puppet so to him, he’s doing a good job. That is a disgrace in itself.

  • 25 Marty-Toon // Apr 5, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    News in the papers that Van Aanholt is gonna leave Chelsea this summer :-)
    He was pretty good when he played for us like

  • 26 mindshaft // Apr 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    We are the new Wigan

    Sell best players
    Can’t score
    Concede a lot
    Fill in gaps with loan players
    Only difference is that they at least played decent football and actually won a cup !

    No doubt we’ll be hanging round relegation area next season and on current form could be down and out by end of Jan
    When we do get relegated we’re going to find it a lot harder to get back up

  • 27 Average_Contents // Apr 5, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Zaha is cack, as usual overrated Englishman who cost a fortune and only played well in the championship. Tom Ince is another flouting himself round clubs with his wanker of a father, how many clubs did he visit in Jan? Delusions of grandeur born from his father me thinks!

    Neither are regular starters for their loan clubs who are both in relegation battles so that kinda says it all to me

  • 28 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 5, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    The one thing that’s really confused me with Pardews recent interviews is the claim this summer was always penciled in as the window for a real clear out and restructure

    Well what absolute f**king idiot marks a transfer window which notoriously slow with escalated prices due to the World Cup as the window to restructure the club???
    His reasoning is due to certain players age and certain players contractual status

    Well he knew what age players would be this summer so why not bring players in for those ones last summer?
    We must of knew players like Gosling/Shola weren’t going to get new contracts so why not replace them last summer
    Surely the lads that were entering the final 2 years of there contracts would of been offered contracts or at least had someone from the club talk to them over there intentions?

    But apparently no, we’re going to restructure during the World Cup…..
    Ffs and the club wonder why the come in for so much critiscm

  • 29 Blofal // Apr 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    I really think we need a 5-4-1 tonight. We are unlikely to score anyhow.



  • 30 Slank // Apr 5, 2014 at 11:37 AM


    Re Wigan

    You forgot about winning a cup.

  • 31 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 5, 2014 at 11:44 AM


    It could be that they are not planning on signing any players that are going to the world cup ?? Would make negotiating easier if we are only going for free transfers that are in the championship …..

  • 32 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 5, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    It just fills you with confidence doesn’t it!!!

    Even if the players aren’t at the World Cup, clubs still seem massively reluctant to do business until after the tournament which means potential signing have no time to settle at all

    He said they won a cup

  • 33 yo-yo // Apr 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Zaha is unproven and about the same price band as Johnson who has a decent track record. Should be a no brainer

  • 34 jazzyp // Apr 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Tads-Morning mate
    I think we have known Remy would not be signing from last summer and were hoping Ldj would step up to the plate as a replacement……boy has that backfired.
    As we all know our negotiating skills for players leaves a lot to be desired that’s why so many potential signings have fallen by the way side

  • 35 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM


    Thing is I am only kidding but it would not actually surprise me if that is the plans for the summer !!

    I honestly cant see who we are going to get this summer its a total mystery I dont think raiding France this summer will be a good idea as I think chairmen will screw us around and other leagues take a good while to adapt such as players from Holland or Portugal and I cant see us paying big money for British players so who the hell are we going to get our cheap bargains from this summer??

  • 36 Marty-Toon // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    @laurent Robert
    It’s a disgrace for sure,all toon fans all over the planet are disgusted with the way things are.
    But again,what can we do to change things?
    We can’t seem to get fans together to buy it for ourselves so either we have to stay away from the stadium in hope that he’ll spend on a decent team and manager or tat he sells

  • 37 Marty-Toon // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Zaha is unproven in the PL although has the pedigree but sure didn’t Obertan have the same pedigree ?
    Ok,Obertan has been played numerous times by both United and ourselves to no effect.
    Zaha should be given games but it’s much the same thing with Marveau and Ben Arfa.
    Great on their day but their day is once a month and that doesn’t cut it at this level

  • 38 Marty-Toon // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    I do however think that Zaha is a better player than Ashley young and by what Johnson is doing at the unwashed I’d stay away from him too

  • 39 beermonkey // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM


    I see where u lived test I am about 7 miles away

    do u ever get up to Newcastle and watch matches
    if so what the easiest and cheapest way to get up there

  • 40 geordie157 // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    English players who could be realistic signings

    Ince, Lascelles, Caulker, Berahino, Alex McCarthy and Cousins

    Less realistic but would improve the squad

    Will Hughes, Shawcross, Carrick, Richards maybe Barry

    Other brits we could go for

    Rhodes, Adam Henley and James Forrest

  • 41 Ancientcoptic // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Interested in Zaha eh?

    One question: Can he track back?

    I rate Zaha very highly, but I do not fancy his chances of being a regular in our current set up.

  • 42 geordie157 // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    i’ll get slated for saying it, but I’d actually take a chance on Borini in the summer, Liverpool don’t want him, sunderland will be in the championship.

    He’d be a useful 3rd or 4th choice striker. Plus he wouldn’t score against us then!

  • 43 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Anybody watching the BBC Final Score today? Up in Newcastle talking about the boys club and a really good Q & A session with the locals. Some good archive footage of ex players etc. Good watch. Hopefully it will be on Iplayer.

  • 44 jazzyp // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Ldj All definitely gone.
    R taylor All Hopefully
    Debs all maybe’s
    And no one thinks we are going to strengthen ??

  • 45 geordie157 // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:37 PM


    bit harsh on Ryan Taylor ‘s a good squad player and set piece specialist. one yr left on his deal so no harm keeping him

  • 46 jazzyp // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Geordie 157
    Maybe mate but do you really think he is the future of Nufc.Can you really play a player just because he is a set piece specialist.Personally like many I have listed in the first 2 columns offers little and would be best to be moved on

  • 47 RonVanDam // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Just saw the team sheet. Heres our line up for tonight.

    And im out

  • 48 geordie157 // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    fair point, think give him to jan, see if he adds much to the squad and assess it then.

    There’s only so many players we can let leave surely, unless there’s some huge rebuild this summer which would be nice but that means splashing the cash for once.

  • 49 Ancientcoptic // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Anybody having a punt on the Grand National today. If so, who are you backing?

    Prince De Beauchene looks good value, so gets my backing.

    It didn’t take City long to get up on the Saints. Goes to show what you can do when you press teams.

  • 50 mindshaft // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    @beermonkey – depends, if going up with wife and kids i drive, if going up on my todd I book ahead on easy jet and normally get a flight up Friday and come back Sunday for about 70 quid

  • 51 jazzyp // Apr 5, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    I know we all keep saying this will be the summer transfer window that Mashley spends the cash,But if he don’t this summer we are relegation fodder for next term.Especially looking at the team sheet for today…..Jeez god help us

  • 52 Sazzer // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Ings, Trippier, Cresswell, Thorne, and Sean Morrison are also realistic targets that should be scouted closely to see if the can step it up to fill some of homegrown spots.

  • 53 Average_Contents // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Zaha is cack, as usual overrated Englishman who cost a fortune and only played well in the championship. Tom Ince is another flouting himself round clubs with his tit of a father, how many clubs did he visit in Jan? Delusions of grandeur born from his father me thinks!

    Neither are regular starters for their loan clubs who are both in relegation battles so that kinda says it all to me

  • 54 Sazzer // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Zaha have 1 assist in 3 games/4 subs and Ince 1 goal and 1 assist in 4 games/1 sub.

    That is all ready among the top 10 in our squad.

  • 55 geordie157 // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    sazzer I forgot about cresswell, he’s one who should make the step up quite easily too.

    Morrison for me is another Wilo,but he does score goals.

  • 56 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Anyone see Sammy Hypia’s been sacked this morning?

  • 57 wolfshead@toon // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:20 PM


    i see you have joined the hate brigade maybe i should call you sads :-(

  • 58 beermonkey // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:23 PM


    cheers for the info

    on zaha 18mnths ago most of us on here would have had him before he went to united, he was never going to get a fair crack at united if we can nab him for 5mill I would take that another united player out on loan I would try and get is nick powell

  • 59 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Coutinho-Arfa-Suarez-Sturridge soounds damn awesome on paper..

  • 60 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    All these lists of young English lads playing in the fizzy pop are great and all can you really build a solid squad ready for a competitive season challenging the top 7 like we (fans) seem to want as well as putting together decent cup runs?

    Personally I think if we have the mass exodus expected and replace them all with prospects from the fizzy then that’s exactly where we will be on course for playing at the end of next season, back in the fizzy

  • 61 JP...from The Rock // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Ben Arfa gets sold and I will never forgive Pardew for not utilising him properly. For Pardew to haul him off at halftime was extremely harsh on the lad and surely has made himself wonder what he has to do to please Pardew. Against the Saints it was no fault of his that he could not create much as all our other players did not bother playing. He can’t be doing it all on his own. How on earth was he supposed to create something if we never got out of or own half!

    It sickens me the awful treatment Pardew gives to our most gifted player. He’s an amazing talent and against Southampton was our only attacking outlet as he was the only threat we had. Gouffran was exhausted from the first minute and should have been replaced instead of Ben Afra. But typical Pardew the brainless buffoon subbed the wrong player and went for the lump it long and hope the ‘big lads’ De Jong and Cisse (or his favourite Strolla!) make something happen, again.

    He is clueless and always does the same boring tactics week in week out and without success. More evidence of this is in EVERY set-piece we take we just aim it at the tall lad Williamson to make something- who has yet to score a single goal for the club!! Every single time and again without success.

    It pains me to see us playing such boring and predictable football every game.

    Many times in the past I thought Pardew was doing the right thing in replacing a player that was under performing with someone else, to give the others a chance and to see if they take advantage of the situation. But then I would always realize that the real reason for the change was because the player out of form was not playing because he was injured! And NOT because Pardew realized that it was the right thing to do. As soon as that said player was free to play again he would slot back into the team regardless of the stand in player’s impressive performances.

    That was another clear example to me that Pardew is completely out of his depth.

    What we play is anti-football it’s that bad that we make teams like Stoke etc. look like world class in comparison.

    Depressing is a word that sums up Pardew’s tactics and our club right now.

    God help us if we sell our only true flair player in Ben Arfa, the only one that makes fans stand to attention, the one who Pardew is adamant in converting into a defensive midfielder ffs!!

  • 62 beermonkey // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM


    I don’t think we will the mass exodus

    we all know who is defo out the door the next few in obertans class are the ones the club want rid off then we have benny 1 year left so will be sold, the rest is rumour
    we know all our players have a price but then every player at every club has a price

  • 63 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    That’s a hell of a rant based soley on Ben Arfa
    Find it funny that people say no wonder he can’t do x y and z he’s all on his lonesome…..
    Well how the hell did Cabaye manage to do it then?
    Easy he’s not an overweight ball hog who had vision ability and a team mentality not just vision

    It’s sad that some seem to support NUFC for no other reason that HBA plays here….

  • 64 yo-yo // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:42 PM


    The phrase ‘flatters to deceive’could have been invented for Ben Arfa. His career has been in his own hands (or feet) since he recoered from the leg break and he hasn’t taken it. His phenomenal gifts are seriously reduced in terms of contribution on the pitch by lack of footballing brain and really poor decision making.
    Having said that I do not know why the team are not drilled in playing one-twos off Benny in counterattack as this is where he is most effective – not as a solo artist. So he has failed – but also been failed.

  • 65 Jakenufc // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM


    You must be crazy if you think Caulker is no good. A goal scoring CB is a no brainer!! I would rather have Caulker over Colo anyday of the week you baffoon

  • 66 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Wigan won the F.A cup last season and beat Man City away this season. They have a good team and are not like us. If we don’t start Marveaux today, we’ll lose. Why start Dan Gosling when he can’t pass and creates nothing.

  • 67 jimmysmith // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Toon v Man U at St James, despite each sides recent travails, still a great football occasion. Big game, big game, starting to get excited and nervous.

  • 68 toonking // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    pardew bashers everywhere i present to you a story where even a player comes out and says that this recent form is down to the players themselves.


  • 69 toonking // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    really i can see exactly where he is coming from because face it we have not got anything to play for.

    too far ahead for relegation battle
    too far behind for race for 6th place
    so really why bother risking the extra effort when their is a world cup and really if they are so good to start with they would be selected for their country.

    the only reason that i think remy is looking so good still is because he wants to get the attraction of them big teams.

  • 70 Ancientcoptic // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    toonarmydownsouth – Cabaye was appalling last season, he attempted to force a transfer last summer, then after being mollycoddled to play until the next window, played out of his skin to get his move.

    Btw – Ben Arfa isn’t currently overweight.

  • 71 Mister Tuff // Apr 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    pardew “bashers” please note the Sky article quoting Santon does note actually quote Santon as using the word “recent” -although the article uses the word.
    Therefore Pardew (Percy Parsnip) Bashers please resume normal duty.

  • 72 Rotonda heights // Apr 5, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Toonking and other Pardew lovers

    We had players looking to go to the WC who have now been totally de-motivated.

    Until people realise nothing ever good will ever come of Pardew being here for the foreseeable, nothing will change but then some people are seemingly happy with mediocrity.

  • 73 Ancientcoptic // Apr 5, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Gosling starts, interesting…

  • 74 Rotonda heights // Apr 5, 2014 at 2:03 PM


    should pochetinno just tell his lot to to pack up in Jan and coast then

  • 75 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 5, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    I can see the same people are back at the Benny slagging!

    …something never change on here!

  • 76 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 5, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong but it’s been said from day one this season that players with under a year left on there contract will be moved on
    Surely he should also be playing to attract a top offer?
    Couldn’t care less if he was Cabaye was playing for a move, he put in performance after performance, maybe if those around him showed similar ambitions we wouldn’t currently be the PL whipping boys?

    Read properly no one is blaming Benny, he deserves no special treatment and should be tarred with same brush as the rest of the woeful performances from the rest of the squad, not one player is playing with conviction so why does he deserve the unwarranted hype and praise?
    Someone recently compared him with Beardsley, that’s ridiculous, Beardsley had more talent in his little toe, he didn’t need the rest of the team to be on fire to make him look a real player
    Special players do special things regardless of what’s happening around them

  • 77 JP...from The Rock // Apr 5, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    yo-yo – A bit of both but much more Pardew’s fault. Ben Arfa could be the perfect Number 10 for us. He has so rarely been used there the poor lad couldn’t show it in time. Now that we are in dire need of goals why not try it again? There he won’t be needed to track back and gives us that pace we’re seriously lacking. His finishing is better than most of our strikers and his trickery would surely ease him past the one or two defenders in his way, as opposed to half their team from midfield (or defense).

    Pardew is useless and makes Ben Arfa feel and look useless. Give Ben Arfa to Brendan Rodgers in Liverpool and I bet he will become the star he knows he can be.

    It’s a huge shame that he’s come at a time when we have such a useless and narrow minded manager with no tactics.

    I know he left us and all but imagine if Keegan were our manager and had Ben Arfa for example.

  • 78 thepict // Apr 5, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    The Farman pay£5 million you must be joking Ed . Remind me how much hehas spent in the last 2 windows? Oh aye he spent the magnifice sum of not, nada Ilch.

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