Ben Arfa played for the Newcastle Reserve side this afternoon, and he was in sparkling form and will have given some food for thought to watching manager Alan Pardew and also Managing Director Lee Charnley as the Frenchman scored a great individual goal and had two assists.
Ben Arfa in action this afternoon at Whitley Park
Ben Arfa showed his undoubted class this afternoon, and linked up well with both Adam Armstrong and Sammy Ameobi as the Reserve side beat Reading 5-2, after going behind 2-0.
It was 2-0 until three minutes before the break when 17 year-old Adam Armstrong scored a good goal from the inside right position and then just before the break Ben Arfa put over a fine corner and Sammy Ameobi headed the ball into the back of the net to make it all square at the break.
In the second half it was Adam Armstrong again who burst through, and had the ball in the back of the net to put Newcastle ahead for the first time.
Newcastle were coming forward all the time and then the mercurial one went down the right wing and beat one, two – make that three defenders before hitting the ball past the goalkeeper to make it 4-2.
Just what we needed somebody to do on Saturday at Villa Park.
Ben Arfa ready to take a corner
And then as if to make a point, Ben Arfa set up another goal, when he put the impressive Armstrong through, and the Chapel House youngster scored his hat-trick.
Ben Arfa can play when he’s of the right mind, and we just hope that both Ben Arfa and Alan Pardew will bury the hatchet and/or kiss and make up – whichever is the best way for them to end their feud.
Ben Arfa should be allowed to train again with the first team.
But Hatem Ben Arfa will need to work hard in training, and follow the manager’s instructions on the field, which he hasn’t always done in the past.
That doesn’t seem a very hard thing to do – and after all it’s for the good of Newcastle United – and there’s still time to make it work – and all it really takes is some common sense and some discipline.
Newcastle U21: Jak Alnwick; Greg Olley, Lubo Satka (c), Callum Williams, Macaulay Gillesphey; Gael Bigirimana, Dan Barlaser; Hatem Ben Arfa, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi; Adam Armstrong
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