Pardew: Ben Arfa no winger and not good enough for start yet.
Posted on September 23rd, 2011 | 48 Comments |
Speaking in a rare interview, Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew, has declared that French-Tunisian wonder winger, Hatem Ben Arfa will have to show more “flashes of brilliance in training” before he’ll give him a first team start.
In a somewhat surprising change of tack from his recent gushing about the player’s abilties, Pardew said of his training sessions:
“He likes the group and he trusts us. Now it is a matter of when he is ready. He shows flashes of brilliance in training, but I want him to do it more often in training before I bring him in.
Although Ben Arfa has spent much of his career as a mostly left sided winger, impressing many of the great and the good in football in that role, Pardew is not impressed by the player on the flank, saying that he could only see him in a central role, continuing:
“My view is that he can’t play out wide. He has not got the relish for it and his best football comes through the middle.
“Realistically, he knows he has got more to do on the training ground. He smiles at me as if to say, ‘Okay, I will play next week.
“He has character and there are times in coming weeks if he has not made a start he will be kicking my door down.”
As to whether this is some kind of psychology which is intended to dissuade the allegedly temperamental player from becoming big headed and improve his workrate remains to be seen, but the silver supremo certainly seems to be blowing a little hot and cold on the young maestro in the interview above.