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Hatem Ben Arfa Is A Hell Of A Player

It seems that the Newcastle players have already seen the skills possessed by one of our newest players, 23 year-old Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa.

Hatem Ben Arfa – one hell of a player

Mike Williamson, who has given an interview today in the Newcastle Journal, was extremely pleased with the impact Hatem Ben Arfa had on his Newcastle debut on Saturday, when the lads were at that point trailing 1-0,  after about 75 minutes.

And the former Wycombe Wanderers and Watford defender feels the Newcastle squad has improved a lot since the end of last season, as he said today:

“Hatem is a hell of a player. He has great feet, a great strike and great vision. He is going to make a big impact on the team; the things you saw on the pitch, he’s done all week in training.”

“When you looked at the bench you could see we’ve got a great squad now, I think that’s going to carry us through. It’s not always about the starting XI. It’s about the squad throughout the season.”

“It’s a long season and everyone is going to play their part. I’ve got confidence in the players we’ve got here and their ability. We are going to be fine.”

Chris Hughton has started the same side in each of Newcastle’s Premier League games this season, but we have to think that will change for the Everton game.

If you look at the game on Saturday the defense played well, but we lacked creativity and goal-scoring prowess up front, and that’s one reason we think Hatem could start his first game at Goodison Park, in a match that is being televised live around the world.

We hope so anyway, and one player he could replace is Jonas Gutierrez, who had a particularly poor game on Saturday.

It could also be that Cheick Tiote makes his debut for the Magpies, and Alan Smith has to know his starting place is under pressure,   once the Ivory Coast International gets into his stride at Newcastle.

But we don’t think Sol Campbell will play at Everton – it would appear that Sol will make his debut against Chelsea the following Wednesday night, at Stamford Bridge in the Carling Cup 3rd round.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 13, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Are there 3 poorer teams than us. if yes then who???????????

  • G

    Sep 13, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #2

    There are more than 3 teams poorer than us IM, it’s all about how we compose ourselves when the pressure is on. Something we seemed to cope with when we hit a run of bad form last season. I still expect us to be alright this season, and I can see us finishing higher than West Ham, Stoke, Blackpool (I know theyre 4th, not for long), Wigan, Wolves and West Brom.

  • alex84

    Sep 13, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #3

    ben arfa looked class, there defence couldnt get the ball off him, he has to start against everton, drop smith and get tiote in as we will need pace and strength against evertons midfield.

  • Dukis22lt

    Sep 13, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #4

    I agree that Arfa should be given the chance to start the game as LM and i also think that Jonas should play as a RM, Routlage coming on to replace Spidey at 70 mins.







    I know this would end Jonas And Jose partnership down left, but whats the point of it if its not as effective anymore, perhaps Jose can build a new one with Arfa. Thats only my opinion.

    Stay classy Newcastle!

  • tdt

    Sep 13, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #5

    The question is “is there 3 poorer squads”, and the answer is yes, plenty.

    Our downfall has always been lack of depth in squad, that is why we are better than blackpool, west brom, wigan, stoke, sunderland, etc.

    Early days yet lads, we’ll be midtable this season I can sense it! Should have buried blackpool, just unlucky on the day.

    It happens sometimes, so deal with it.

  • alex84

    Sep 13, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #6

    there are no easy games in this league, look at spurs and liverpool all droping points to supposed lower teams, it happens, we created chance after chance on sat, the season is about survival and building, it wont happen overnight.

  • WesJameson

    Sep 13, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #7

    @ tdt // Sep 13, 2010 at 11:42

    NUFC 0-2 Blackpool

    better squad???

  • WesJameson

    Sep 13, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #8

    @ tdt

    Spuds 0-1 Wigan

    Do you think we will beat them at white hart lane???? ummmmm NO

    better squad??

  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 13, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Hmm…., is liverpool first 11 any better than us. although i must say if ameobi comes on as a game changerwell things do look bleak and if caroll gets jail time. i shudder to think. also, i am no pro footballer but i would not have made that challenge that Allan smith made. brainless.

  • tdt

    Sep 13, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #10

    yes exactly, they get lucky and its early days. Wait until the injuries start mounting for everyone, then the SQUAD makes all the difference.

    We got beat twice by derby 3 seasons ago, but they went down because, alsthough they were better than us on the day, they did not have a better squad than us: hence we did better than them that season.

  • benscott123123

    Sep 13, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #11

    1 result doesnt make u better or worse than a team it’s where u finish at the end of the season, im optomistic we will finish arround 14th, I also dont think as a team weve had a bad performance so far which is encouraging. the competition for places is making the players play for their shirts. I think the only places who have garunteed starting places at present are harper, enrique, nolan and carroll

  • WesJameson

    Sep 13, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #12

    @ benscott123123 // Sep 13, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Agreed mate, a bad performance is far worse than a bad result(a sh1te performance hurts more)


    Unfortunately its results that count Lads

  • moonraker

    Sep 13, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Indian Magpie

    We are 14th in the table after 4 games. If we are looking for 3 worse squads than ours I suggest you look at those teams below us!!!

  • moonraker

    Sep 13, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Been away for the weekend and it was ruined by the result on saturday.

    Being philosophical about it we should have won but the ball wouldn’t fall right for us on the day. If we’d scored first we would have walked it; so it’s one of those games we look back on and learn.

    I said on this blog last week the danger was Charlie Adam and we didn’t stop him from playing; so we’ve lost agreat chance to have an excellent start to the season. I suspect though that we’ll get points elswhere, where we don’t expect them so it will even up over the season.

    Seeing the chances we created though I’m still optimistic especially with the squad we now have, although CH has got to use substitutes better than saturday!.

  • cgrizzly87

    Sep 13, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #15

    “When you looked at the bench you could see we’ve got a great squad now, I think that’s going to carry us through.”

    You lost to Blackpool. Sometimes I hate being a Newcastle fan. False dawns etc. etc.


    Sep 13, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Indian Magpie agree with you smith should not of made a changle the fella had lost the ball and it was at the feet of 1 of our defenders.Disagree about ameobi hes still the clubs best finisher in my eyes came on leaps and bounds at the start of last season and would of shown us that with plenty of goals last season if he had stayed fit.

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 13, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #17

    3 teams worse than us?

    Blackpool (yer they beat us, but villa are better than us and we hit 6 past em)
    West Ham
    West Brom
    Sunderland 😀

    Dont mean we will stay up though just because we got a better team. We went down with viduka, martins and owen!

  • dbeeio

    Sep 13, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #18

    i can tell u been watchin anchorman

  • baro

    Sep 14, 2010 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #19

    He looks awesome when playing in a black and white shirt. Has brilliant ball control, dazzling speed, and has the right vision to terrorize the defense. Good words from Mike Williamson .

  • Bao Zheng

    Sep 14, 2010 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #20

    After that performance where we were not unlucky we were lazy overeconfident and tactically hopeless at least two changes needed for Hooton to retain credibility. We gave Backpool more space than a big girls bloomers. Out Smith for an invisible performance and effectively giving away the game with yet another reckless challenge. And Spiderman for doing nothing to justify his place. In Tiote and King Arfa. “If you don’t play well this week you certainly won’t be playing next week” SirFerg.

  • Visten

    Sep 14, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Look the bottom line is that we got caught by Blackpool and did not put away our chances and in this league it means no points, I will look for us to put in a better perfomance against Everton. In regards to Ben Arfa there is a lot of trumpet blowing going on from our team and the supporters which I can understand because he has the ‘potential’ to be a top Newcastle Utd player. If he has been great in training then good on him but it is game day that counts and those 3 points. He has to be played in his best position and not just fill a hole or upgrade a position that another player is not doing to well in for example Jonas at the moment. Is the left side his best postion, right side or sitting behind the striker? who knows and only BA will know and I hope he tells CH where he prefers to play.


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