This Player Could Replace Ben Arfa This Summer


Wilfried Zaha had a good game for Cardiff City on Saturday against Newcastle, and the on-loan striker from Manchester United has had a terrible first full season at the Red Devils, and could be sold in the summer.

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Wilfried Zaha – in action for Manchester United last year

So it’s not too surprising that Newcastle, who were interested in the player when he was playing so well at Crystal Palace, may go after the winger this summer, with the price said to be around £7M.

And Newcastle lack flair players and we need to bring some creative players in this summer, and the ones we do have – like Ben Arfa for example – are not even in the squad these days.

The Chronicle is reporting that Alan Pardew, who has always been keen on the winger, is keen on bringing him in this summer, although he has had a hard job winning a starting position at Cardiff, who are the bottom of the league side and will be relegated.

It will be a risk to sign Wilfred, but there’s no doubt he has great ability and skill, but the question is whether Newcastle get the best out of this creative player?

It’s something we could only do in short spells with Hatem Ben Arfa, who now looks set to leave Newcastle in the summer, and that’s certainly true if Alan Pardew stays on as manager.

Zaha has played 4 times for Manchester United this season, and while art Cardiff on loan he has 11 appearances, mostly as a substitute, and while he was at Palace he played 143 times with 18 goals in his last three seasons there.

We still hope Newcastle keep Ben Arfa, because even if we do sign Zaha, he’s completely unproven in the Premier League.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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142 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    May 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    The game seems all but up for Alan Pardew and he knows it. He spent Newcastle’s 3-0 victory over Cardiff penned into the back of his dug-out because the mere act of poking his head out would have sent St James’ Park into apoplexy. Pardew has protected both his players who have betrayed him appallingly – while Mike Ashley, Newcastle’s owner, who has failed to invest in the squad during the past two transfer windows – has also let him down badly. Very badly. Granted, Pardew erred in forgetting his once strong purist principles, erred in exiling Hatem Ben Arfa but he’s essentially a good manager. Do not doubt that he will enjoy success in the near future. If Ashley stays true to his maverick tradition it might even be at Newcastle – but don’t bet on it.

    Louise Taylor The Guardian .

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    now Zaha really is the original headless chicken !!

    Ed

    A properly run club would have this lined up:-

    Out tray

    Pardew
    Saylor
    Shola
    Gosling
    Jonas
    Colo
    Obertan
    De Jong
    Raylor?
    Willo?

    In tray

    De Boer / Euro manager

    2 x mobile skilful and fast strikers
    2 x mobile skilful and fast CBs

    Promote Bigirimana, Armstrong and Abeid from reserves.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    May 6, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    This player CAN’T replace Ben Arfa.He is a TOP CLASS STRIKER and Ben Arfa is a TOP CLASS WINGER.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 6, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    FAO Louise Taylor

    A quick look at the guy’s CV will tell you he never has been, isn’t and never will be, in his own words ” a winner ”.

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  • stuart no9

    May 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #5

    so ashley and pardew looking to improve on this disastarous season . A top 9 finish would be perfect . 1 place higher than this season , but still out of reach of europe . cant wait .

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 6, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed

    pardew doesn’t do ”creative flair” remember.

    On an entertainment gauge out of 10, as an example KK teams would get 9/10, pardew 1/2.

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  • Tsunki

    May 6, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    You’re just stirring the wasp nest now Ed you tinker! Zaha for HBA? Multi-fail.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Why would we replace Zaha with Ben Arfa? The only hope there is that Zaha has time to become capable of adding an end product regularly. They are essentially the same style of player, but Ben Arfa has more ability.

    £7 million?? Behave.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    May 6, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #9

    If Newcastle United wants a nearly replacement for Ben Arfa there is Adam Johnson if Sunderland doesn’t survive(season is not over yet).

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  • 70TWO

    May 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10

    stuart no9

    would you be pleased with top 9 and a two cup semi finals?

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  • cyprus

    May 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #11

    From the terror he spread to our defense, if that’s anything to go by, buy him now! Him, together WITH HBA on the pitch, with a goal-scoring forward up front is a mouthwatering prospect.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Sorry, Ben Arfa with Zaha….

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  • 70TWO

    May 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Zaha is supposed to be a potential England candidate, but has failed to live up to expectations this season. Feeling down on his luck, will he see NUFC as a chance to establish himself as a PL player and under the tutelage of Pardew gain that defensive ability that he needs to become a quality international? He certainly wont improve his goal scoring record much.

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  • lesh

    May 6, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Louise T seems to have her mischeavous mackem head on!

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  • 70TWO

    May 6, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Lilongwe Geordie

    You never can tell, HBA may end up at Cardiff on loan to see out his contract.

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  • cyprus

    May 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #16

    If we finish 9th, the club gets about 80 mil. right? That, together with say 3-5 mil. from sales of deadwood, gives us an amazing amount. Let’s assume that half of that is spent on new players 🙂

    So, 42 – 7 (Zaha) leaves 35 for the other 4 players we need. Loadsamoney.

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  • anthc

    May 6, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Didn’t rate him tbh. Not much change out of dummet and switched to the left. Had one effort but lost it more than he produced anything.

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  • theartfuldodger

    May 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Personally, I feel obertan should have been used more lately . He has pace which in THIS DIRE TEAM would have been useful to get us up the pitch.

    What exactly has gouffran provided in a 442 on the left…

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  • Average_Contents

    May 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #19

    And then Cyprus woke up with his head in a bowl of cornflakes lol 😉

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #20

    70Two,
    Ha, HBA on loan at Cardiff in the Championship?? I think Ashey is more likely to spend £100 million this summer, but you never know!!

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  • Average_Contents

    May 6, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #21

    Yeah then overran gets up the pitch, doesn’t know what to do with the ball at his feet, flaps like he’s about to fly to the moon and then…..well does precisely fcukall!

    We’re desperate but not THAT desperate lol

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    May 6, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Bigirimana is being offered around and Paul Dummet stars in New Kit.

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  • bishopblaize

    May 6, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Zaha was allegedly forced out on loan coz of his ties with Moyes daughter so anything can happen now.

    Giggs would prob get best out of him BUT who knows what there plans are

    Rooney will be on move in search of Silverwear too

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  • lesh

    May 6, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #24
  • toonaus

    May 6, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #25

    If Newcastle are going to sign anybody from Cardiff it should be Craig Noone similar to ben arfa both player could really boost the squad and I doubt he will cost that much since I believe not many club have shown interest in him because they’re to busy fighting over the same players.

    I really hope we sign Snodgras

    I think if Newcastle are smart they can pick up some real quality players while the other teams fight over the same targets go for less publicised players god knows we wasted load in the past on has been like Michael owen act.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    May 6, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #26

    Toonaus

    if Krul Goes, we should look at David Marshall.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 6, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #27

    there is something im not getting here

    did anyone watch him on Saturday ? whilst he may have been Cardiffs best attacker, they did not score, and he either gave the ball away or was easily pushed off the ball,

    for me this is like pardew swapping Obertan for routledge, one was an ok player, the other totally useless

    HBA a proven prem player, or a kid totally lost right now,

    we know who pardew will pick

    sad days ahead

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  • cyprus

    May 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #28

    This is funny! Babies, even cats from around the world want Pardew out.

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/alan-pardew-nufc-protest-anti-newcastle-7074653

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  • cyprus

    May 6, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #29

    Catchy,
    Like I said earlier, he terrorised our defense. OK, they didn’t score but it took amazing defending and fortuity. I haven’t seen much of the player, but for a guy bereft of confidence, he was no Obertan. And Routledge an ‘ok player’?

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  • cyprus

    May 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #30

    Though definitely not an HBA replacement. Him we KEEP!

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  • gaz 44

    May 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #31

    I keep hearing rumours of Jonas being manager next year with collo assisting, has anyone else heard anything like this .. Sounds like an Ashley plan to keep things on the cheap

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  • validator

    May 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #32

    It has to be spelled out by a leftwing hack from the Guardian, Pardews future job prospects. Pardew has been unravelling before our eyes for weeks, from the vague comments to the headbutting incident.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #33

    One assist in his first game for Cardiff, against Norwich. Since then no end product. First time he has played a full game was against us as well. Hugely overrated – if he can’t cement a starting spot at that woeful Cardiff side then why would we want him?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #34

    Anyone got a link to the Wees keys louise article?

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  • jettson1971

    May 6, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #35

    P45DUE is a dead man walking, how he can put up with what happened on Sat i will never know. he can not be blind or deaf to it.
    Yes we want him out, he is clueless and inept. Basic requirements for a manager are; man management skills, tactical awareness / nous and motivation skills. P45DUE has none of that!
    When he goes just wait and see how long it will be before he gets another post. No club will touch him in top 2 divisions i bet.
    He was never good enough when he arrived and he is worse now.

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  • cyprus

    May 6, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #36

    A year ago he was brilliant. Did he forget his football at 21? My only concern is that players on their way down from big teams don’t usually play well for us.

    http://www.givemesport.com/331046-wilfried-zaha-gets-warning-phone-call-from-ferguson

    I’d rather we spot a talent on the way up, tbh.

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  • validator

    May 6, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #37

    Pardew should be afforded some sympathy, he’s in a job that is plainly too big for him to manage, Ashley is obviously not interested in the club or Pardews current situation hence the way he’s been hung out to dry.

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  • mag

    May 6, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #38

    Wilf and Sammy same difference, so why bother?

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  • mag

    May 6, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #39

    Tom Ince another overrated squad player.

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  • mag

    May 6, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #40

    Just because old Fergie got mugged into paying 15 million for Wilf doesn’t mean anything, he also payed 10 million for Smalling and 22 million for Jones along with a few other turkeys over the years, and that’s why they’re a mid table side and old Fergie has retired, because he knew that they wouldn’t have it in them to win anything else.

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