I’d love to know what bloody planet Alan Pardew is on. Not only is he not content enough to count his blessings that we scraped a win at home against a terrible Fulham side in our last league game, but now it appears that he is intent on criticising Hatem Ben Arfa, the man who single-handedly delivered him that win.
Speaking to the media today, this is what the Newcastle United manager had to say about the enigmatic French star,
“That’s what we are searching for with Hatem, a little bit more consistency in terms of him winning games, whether it’s an assist or a goal.
“He has fantastic quality. He is a player the fans love and he certainly got everybody out of their seats the last time.
“But we need a little bit more than that, more from him, more of those moments. I think he would be the first to admit that that’s the year he needs if he is going to break into the French team.”
Now I don’t know if Pardew now suddenly thinks he is Sir Alex Ferguson after his tactical changes actually positively effected the way we played in the final 15 minutes against Fulham, but I would have thought that instead of demanding more from Ben Arfa, he’d be looking more closely at the contributions of the likes of Papiss Cisse, (who has yet to score this season, and quite frankly, looks terrible). He could also take a closer look at the previous contributions of supposed favourites such as Steven Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, and Cheick Tiote. What exactly do these players bring to the side Alan?
Now, that doesn’t mean that I disagree with Alan Pardew in the sense that I would like to see Ben Arfa get his numbers up, in terms of goals and assists, in order for him to fulfill his undoubted potential. Perhaps Alan Pardew knows that this sort of statement will fire him up and have him out to prove a point to the Newcastle United manager. However, there are many others who need to step up to the mark long before Wor Hatem.
You’re not doing yourself any favours here Alan.
What do you think? Do you think Hatem Ben Arfa needs to do more? Are there others more worthy of being called inconsistent? I’d love to hear your thoughts.